That near poverty statistic is perhaps more startling than the 50 million Americans below the poverty line, because it translates to a full 80% of the population struggling with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on government assistance to help make ends meet.
In September, the Associated Press pointed to survey data that told of an increasingly widening gap between rich and poor, as well as the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs that used to provide opportunities for the “Working Class” to explain an increasing trend towards poverty in the U.S.
But the numbers of those below the poverty line does not merely reflect the number of jobless Americans. Instead, according to a revised census measure released Wednesday, the number – 3 million higher than what the official government numbers imagine – are also due to out-of-pocket medical costs and work-related expenses.
The new measure is generally “considered more reliable by social scientists because it factors in living expenses as well as the effects of government aid, such as food stamps and tax credits,” according to Hope Yen reporting for the Associated Press.
I swore on everything I love that I would never buy another text book in my life And I stand by it Either scan from people who bought it Or rent, but not for more than $20 These text book companies not gonna catch me with the okie doke Nuh uh I’m not the one
By now, the tendency of news shows to frame seemingly inflammatory suggestions in the form of a question is well-known. Jon Stewart memorably riffed on what he called the “Cavuto,” named after the Fox News anchor’s love of the tactic. Mo…
Michael Brown, the unarmed eighteen-year-old who was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson earlier this month, will be laid to rest Monday. Family and friends are expected to speak about Brown, who was set to begin college just days after he was killed.
What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid, two days away from starting college, in broad daylight.
Tell me again why Black people should be okay with police when they have, since the history of our being kidnapped to this fucking country, have not EVER been about protecting us, but about terrorizing us?
Police are NOT for Black people’s safety. They are about torturing us, terrorizing us and killing us. Period. There is no safety with police. There is no peace keeping with police. They have ALWAYS been a terror to the Black community and I am tired of this fact being pushed to the wayside.
And to all my fellow PoC I missed. We need to unite ya’ll. Reblog this so we can find each other. I love kicking it in Black Tumblr, but unless we connect we can not grow as communities to support each other.
BREAKING: Today marks two weeks since the murder of Michael Brown. Today also marks this blog's 14th continuous day of coverage on the Ferguson MO protests and the investigation of Michael Brown's murder. Brown's killer, Officer Darren Wilson, has still not been brought to justice.
DJ Crow! Peace, im fundraising for a new paradigm in my DJing where all mixes & club performances will donate no less than 20% of gross earnings to charitys with a reputation of being effective in dealing with drug addiction, youth homelessness, domestic violence & illiteracy. I also want to p…