Society has been fighting one of the biggest current social problems for well over a decade. Poverty is relentless across our entire Nation and the Globe. Today, we find poverty is a trending problem for ethnic minorities in the United States. Two articles, More Than Just Nickels and Dimes: A Cross-National Analysis of Working Poverty in Affluent Democracies and The Geography of Exclusion: Race, Segregation, and Concentrated Poverty came from a scholarly journal . While I collected other information from two popular website articles from National Poverty Center | University of Michigan and Racial and Ethnic Disparities Among Low-Income Families. The articles puts into perspective how poverty is a growing problem in the United States.
The first article I reviewed was The Geography of Exclusion: Race, Segregation, and Concentrated Poverty. Lichter et al. stated “the twenty first century began with a great recession which brought the collapse of the stock market, falling house prices, high foreclosure rates, and increasing unemployment rates”(Lichter, et al. 2012). The year 2000 found 32 million Americans living in poverty and by the end of the decade 46.2 million. Over half of those people include ethnic minorities. Overall, African and Hispanics americans’ poverty rates are three times as high as whites. Which has brought up the question of a targeted concentrated poverty (Lichter et al.2012). Thirty percent of America’s poverty live in poor places, which supports the idea of concentrated poverty. Lichter and et al. (2012) believe too much time has been spent studying and helping the people in inner cities while neglecting the rural poor.
The second article More Than Just Nickels and Dimes: A Cross-National Analysis of Working Poverty in Affluent Democracies reviews the Luxembourg Income Study. Working poverty does not mean overall poverty (Brady et al. 2010). David Brady, Andrew S. Fullerton, and Jennifer Cross (2010) stated, “sociology of working poor is no where near complete, rather sociology spends its time looking at welfare, single mothers, and concentrated inner city poverty”. It would be easier to study if it were a smaller group but it is such a popular cultural aspect in the United States to be working a full time job and still be poor. Employment has been key for escaping poverty but that seems to have changed in the modern world.
The third article was published by University of Michigan, National Poverty Center | University of Michigan. David Harris and Ann Chih Lin reported “the rate of poverty for both African American and Latino children is two times higher than whites.” Specifically focusing on neighborhoods blacks have half as many social services compare to white dominant communities (Harris, Lin). Harris and Lin referenced “even the slightest discrimination, or belief of superiority creates hierarchy in society”. Obviously our society on the whole favors whites. Due to language barriers and preparedness...