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ERIC Number: EJ920512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Being Poor, Black, and American: The Impact of Political, Economic, and Cultural Forces
Wilson, William Julius
American Educator, v35 n1 p10-23, 46 Spr 2011
Through the second half of the 1990s and into the early years of the 21st century, public attention to the plight of poor black Americans seemed to wane. There was scant media attention to the problem of concentrated urban poverty (neighborhoods in which a high percentage of the residents fall beneath the federally designated poverty line), little or no discussion of inner-city challenges by mainstream political leaders, and even an apparent quiescence on the part of ghetto residents themselves. This was dramatically different from the 1960s, when the transition from legal segregation to a more racially open society was punctuated by social unrest that sometimes expressed itself in violent terms, as seen in the riots that followed the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But in 2005, Hurricane Katrina exposed concentrated poverty in New Orleans. Through Katrina, the nation's attention became riveted on these poor urban neighborhoods. In this article, the author provides a political, economic, and cultural framework for understanding the emergence and persistence of concentrated urban poverty. He pays particular attention to poor inner-city black neighborhoods, which have the highest levels of concentrated poverty. He concludes this article by suggesting a new agenda for America's ghetto poor. (Contains 2 footnotes and 50 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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