“Last year, 1.4 million North Carolinians lived in poverty and struggled to make ends meet, according to new data released today from the U.S. Census Bureau.”
The analysis emphasizes that “poverty continues to hit some groups harder” – and they highlight some data:
- …For example, in North Carolina, 21.1 percent of Black North Carolinians live below the official poverty line ($25,100 for a family of 4) compared with 9.8 percent of whites. Also, 24.8 percent of Latinx, 20.1 of American Indians, and 12.8 percent of Asian Americans live in poverty. This means that many aren’t sharing in our economic gains or able to fully contribute to the economic health of our community.
- Women face higher poverty rates than men: 15.3 percent compared to 12.7 percent, respectively.
What if I told you there was a group hit extremely hard by poverty in NC – so much so that this group is five times as likely to be in poverty compared to its major cohort group, and experiences a poverty rate of 42.7%?
Surely, any responsible organization claiming their mission is to “eliminate poverty in North Carolina” would report on this group, right?
But this group doesn’t fit the narrative the Justice Center wants to advance, so it merits no mention.
If you haven’t guessed by now, of course, I’m referring to fatherless homes, which are five times as likely to be in poverty than households headed by a married couple.
Any group claiming a desire to eliminate poverty while continuing to ignore this data is practicing professional negligence at best, and callous intentional neglect at worst.