“We cannot dismiss the historical legacy of slavery, nor its role in causing the problem of black poverty."
The Context: While he acknowledges significant barriers for some minorities in entering the mainstream economy, Rick Perry is optimistic that the prosperity of our country depends on our ability to lift minority groups out of poverty. He continues by saying, "And because slavery and segregation were sanctioned by government, there is a role for government policy in addressing their lasting effects." He asks, "In a country with Hispanic CEOs, Asian billionaires and a black president. Why is it that so many black families feel left behind?” As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to gain traction and America’s widening income inequality conversation continues in the buildup to 2016, the candidates are establishing their positions. Perry presents the expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit and block grants which would allow individual states to create their own financial safety nets for impoverished families.
Part 2 of 2
Yesterday's Part 1 included reviewing maps we've previously made for the Atlas on issues of both poverty and race. We also looked at overall patterns of poverty nationwide and asked about poverty rates for specific racial and ethnic identities beginning with African Americans. Read Part 1 here.
Part 1 concluded with asking
What are the poverty levels for different racial and ethnic groups across the country? And how do those rates compare to the local average?
We answered first for African American populations across the country (also included below for reference). What follows are the same maps for Hispanic and Latino populations, Asian populations, Native American populations, and the White population. Yesterday's entry included a bit of unpacking—discussing some of the patterns we saw and how we read the first maps. We will leave Part 2 for your comparisons and considerations.