Rania Khalek Dispatches from the Underclass

Tag / poverty

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week reveals that nearly 40 percent of white Americans have zero friends of color. It’s unlikely that anyone with a basic understanding of modern-day race relations in this country is surprised by these statistics, but it’s still staggering to think that the closest interactions a large portion of US whites […]

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A Reuters/Ipsos poll released last week reveals that nearly 40 percent of white Americans have zero friends of color. It’s unlikely that anyone with a basic understanding of modern-day race relations in this country is surprised by these statistics, but it’s still staggering to think that the closest interactions a large portion of US whites […]

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Republicans have renewed their calls for drug testing welfare recipients, this time at the federal level despite failed attempts to do so in states across the country, most recently in Florida. Congressman Stephen Fincher (R-Tenn) has introduced legislation mandating random drug testing of 20 percent of recipients of Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF). He’s […]

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Nearly half of Americans are one medical emergency or job loss away from poverty, says a report released today by the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). According to CFED’s Assets and Opportunities Scorecard, 43.9 percent of American households are “liquid asset poor” meaning they “lack adequate savings to cover basic expenses at the federal poverty level […]

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