Statistics from the latest census were released a week ago, and the news is pretty terrible for all children across the United States and the warnings are especially grim for Black children living in poverty in Washington, D.C.
According to newly released Census data from the American Community Survey, the numbers and percentages of people living in poverty rose in 31 states in 2009, with 46 states and D.C. showing increases in child poverty. No state saw a statistically significant decrease in its poverty rate. Real median household income decreased by 2.9 percent between 2008 and 2009, from $51,726 to $50,221.
30% of children in The District were living in poverty and the news only gets worse for Black kids:
Among black children in the city, childhood poverty shot up to 43 percent, from 36 percent in 2008 and 31 percent in 2007. That was a much sharper increase than the two percentage-point jump, to 36 percent, among poor black children nationwide last year. …
Last year, there were more than 30,000 black children living in poverty in the city, almost 7,000 more than two years before, according to Census Bureau data.
How can this happen in the richest country in the world? If we don’t honor and love all our children — every child! — then what sort of nation have we become?
Have we spent too much on bullets and bombs and too little on bread and porridge?
How much of that $1trillionUSD spent on a failed war effort could have helped in successfully rescuing American kids who are lingering in the deathly throes of an impoverished lifestyle they did not want or create?