Extreme poverty returns to America

Source: Premilla Nadasen, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

The United Nations recently launched an investigation of extreme poverty in the United States. The findings documented homelessness, unsafe sanitation and sewage disposal practices, as well as police surveillance, criminalization and harassment of the poor. The rise in poverty, they found, disproportionately affects people of color and women, but also large swaths of white Americans. The report concluded that the pervasiveness of poverty and inequality “are shockingly at odds with [the United States’] immense wealth and its founding commitment to human rights.”

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