Why Does Poverty Still Exist Among Black Americans?

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Why does poverty still exist among Black Americans?
2016 FA.Soc.220.02 Social Problems
Kesha Hicks “The United States has the highest poverty rate of any advance industrial nation” (Elizabetha, 2013). For many years, black people have considered to be the poorest race in the United states. There have been many government programs put in place to help poverty among black Americans. Such as welfare, unemployment, and Medicaid just to name a few. The question is, with so many government programs, why does poverty still exist among Black Americans?
Speaking from first hand experience what it is like to experience being poor and on government programs. Most of the upper class of society feels that black Americans take advantage of government programs and are lazy. Their children drop out of school and commit crimes. That often wonder why black people are still poor or remain I their situations for long periods of times. The upper class feel that welfare was solution to solving the poverty issue. When in all reality it created a bigger issue. This problem is important to talk about because, the poverty rate is steading going in the United States among Black Americans. Society is affected by this in many ways. I choose this topic because, I grew up in a poor black family in America. Therefore, I can speak from first-hand experience what it’s like to be poor and black in America. Most of society often wonder why black people are still poor or remain on government programs for…

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