Poverty Does Not Discriminate Based On Race, Ethnicity, Sex Or Religion

2561 Words May 15th, 2015 11 Pages
Question #1 Poverty

Poverty does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, sex or religion. Poverty is an economic issue that effects 15.1 percent of the U.S. population. (National Poverty Center) Poverty means that a person or a family does not make enough money for basic necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. People and locations affected by poverty have changed throughout history and will continue to change as society continues to adapt. There is a major misconception that those that live in poverty are of a certain race and live in a certain place, however this is not true. In the 1940’s and 1950’s it did seem that a majority of those that were poor, and lived in poverty, resided in urban area’s such as New York and Chicago. The reason behind this perception is that was where a majority of the immigrants settled and caused an influx of unskilled workers. However, there were areas of poor in the suburbs and even rural areas. During the 1940’s and 50’s though a vast majority of the poor lived in cities because they could be closer to their jobs. During this time a majority of the poor were African American and Latinos but that has changed somewhat over time due to changes in the United States like industrialization, deindustrialization, and most recently the technology boom. Locations and people that are affected have changed to a certain extent, but the reason people are affected seems to have one consistent trait: education level and the subset of…

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