Child Poverty (0-17) by Race/Ethnicity

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Why This Indicator Matters

In The Colors of Poverty (2010), a multidisciplinary group of experts (Lin, A.C. and Harris, D., Editors), provide a breakthrough analysis of the complex mechanisms that connect poverty and race. They contend that poverty results not from a single source but from a cumulative process: any type of disadvantage (ex., segregation, social exclusion, encounters with prejudice, or differential access and treatment, etc.) makes one vulnerable to other disadvantages. Together, they show that disadvantages in one area create new disadvantages in others. Conversely, advantages insulate, allowing those with fewer vulnerabilities to buffer themselves from cascading disadvantage.

 

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