Week 3 Assignment
Dr. Ricardo Richards
Six Biggest Myths About The Poor
Myth 1: People are poor because they are lazy and refuse to work.
Fact: Of poor people 16 years and older, 12 percent work full time year round, and another 25 percent work part time (Mead 2008).
Myth 2: Most poor people are minorities.
Fact: Almost 43 percent of people living in poverty are white (DeNavas-Walt et al.2009). In proportions, however, African Americans and Latinos are much more likely to be poor than Asian Americans and whites.
Myth 3: Most poor people live in inner cities.
Fact: A large number (33 percent) of the poor live in inner cities, but the rest live in urban areas outside of the inner cities, the suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. In 2008, one third of the nation’s poor lived in suburbs (DeNavas-Walt et al. 2009; Kneebone and Garr 2010).
Myth 4: Most of the poor are single mothers.
Fact: Of all the families living in poverty; 51 ...view middle of the document...
Supermarket chains and discount stores rarely locate in low-income communities, and because the poor have limited access to banks or other financial institutions, they must often rely on “check –cashing stores” that charge high rates for cashing checks or borrowing money (Jeffery 2006).
Myth 7: Few U.S. children are homeless.
Fact: More than 1.6 million of the U.S.’s children go to sleep without a home each year. Homeless children experience the lack of safety, comfort, privacy, adequate healthcare, uninterrupted schooling, sustaining relationships, and a sense of community. These factors combine to create a life-altering experience that inflicts profound and lasting scars. (National Center on Family Homelessness, 2012)
Myth 8: Those living in poverty just want to stay there.
Fact: Millions of Americans move in and out of poverty over a lifetime. More than half the U.S. population will live in poverty at some point before age 65. (Urban Institute, 2010)
Myth 9: No one goes hungry in America.
Fact: One in six Americans lives in a household that is "food insecure," meaning that in any given month, they will be out of money, out of food, and forced to miss meals or seek assistance to feed themselves. Nationally, more than 50 million Americans were food insecure in 2011—a 39 percent increase from 2007. Among the hungry are nearly 17 million children. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 2012)
Myth 10: All U.S. children have equal opportunities to succeed in school.
Fact: Children born poor, at low birth weight, without health coverage, and who start school not ready to learn often fall behind and drop out. Teachers in high poverty schools are more likely to have less experience, less training, and fewer advanced degrees than teachers in low poverty schools. 22 percent of children who have lived in poverty do not graduate from high school, compared with six percent of those who have never been poor. 32 percent of students who spent more than half of their childhoods in poverty do not graduate. (Children's Defense Fund, 2010; Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2012)
There are so many I could go on for pages, but as we can see there are many myths in this country and in others about the many poor and impoverished in America as well as other countries I would well imagine, but that is another essay.