The Truth About Poverty in America


Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Nope, we are not going to talk about Robert T. Kiyosaki's book. We are going to talk about the rich dads. And the poor dads. And moms. And singles. And seniors. And kids… We are going to talk about the rich and poor Americans and what stays in between.

According to the newest data by US Census Bureau, the poverty rate in America in 2019 was 10.5% The good news, they say, is that this is the lowest estimate since 1959. The bad news though is that 34 million people in America still live in poverty! The number of people without health insurance rose from 25.6 million in 2018 to 27.5 million in 2019 (among them 4.3 million are children!). Another worrisome trend, for another consequent year, is that in 2019 the poverty rate for Black people was almost 3 times higher than the poverty rate for White, non-Hispanic people - e.g. 21% vs. 8%. As for the inequality, the richest top 20% of the households have received more than half of all income. Last, but not least women continued to earn 82 cents on the dollar earned by men.

How Poor People Survive in the USA

The same issue - the poverty levels in America - is the center topic in a documentary by DW. The film "How poor people survive in the USA" was released last year and has gathered more than 15 million views on YouTube so far. 

"Homelessness, hunger and shame: poverty is rampant in the richest country in the world. Over 40 million people in the United States live below the poverty line, twice as many as it was fifty years ago" - the producers point out. And continue... 

"...It can happen very quickly. Many people in the United States fall through the social safety net. In the structurally weak mining region of the Appalachians, it has become almost normal for people to go shopping with food stamps. And those who lose their home often have no choice but to live in a car.
There are so many homeless people in Los Angeles that relief organizations have started to build small wooden huts to provide them with a roof over their heads. The number of homeless children has also risen dramatically, reaching 1.5 million, three times more than during the Great Depression the 1930s."

Before we continue with the film itself, we have to add that since the beginning of the pandemic, 22 million Americans have lost their jobs! In this context, it is for sure that global changes in the social and economic status quo are rising on the horizon. What are they gonna be according to you? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below.

And now, it is time for the DW documentary "How Poor People Survive in the USA"...

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