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According to the Census Bureau, nearly 41 million peoplein the U.S. live in poverty. That's second-highest rate of poverty among rich countries, as measured by the percentage of people earning less than half the national median income, according to Quartz.


These income and wealth disparities affect minorities the most. Black, Hispanic, and Native American children, for example, are two to three times more likely to live in poverty than white kids, according to a study using Census data by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Economic inequality and racial discrimination have also been linked with civil rights abuses, particularly in Alabama and other states across the South. Furthermore, police shootings of unarmed black men and women are of deep concern to the U.N.

Alston, who also serves as a law professor at New York University, said in a statement announcing the start of the U.N. investigation that poverty in the U.S. has been overlooked for too long.

“Some might ask why a U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights would visit a country as rich as the United States," Alston said. "But despite great wealth in the U.S., there also exists great poverty and inequality.”

Alston also pointed out that the U.S. "has been very keen" on other countries being investigated by the U.N. for civil and human rights issues.

"Now, it's the turn to look at what's going on in the U.S.," Alston said. "There are pretty extreme levels of poverty in the United States given the wealth of the country. And that does have significant human rights implications.”



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Tires lay in the grass in front of a shuttered auto parts business on March 6, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Despite these concerns, the Republican Party, which controls all three branches of the federal government, is on course to pass a tax bill before the end of the year that will increase the federal deficit by $1 trillion in 10 years--costs that the GOP says will be offset by reducing an already-weakened social safety net.

For Alston, these political decisions are at the root of systemic poverty in the U.S.

“The idea of human rights is that people have basic dignity and that it’s the role of the government — yes, the government! — to ensure that no one falls below the decent level,” he said.  “Civilized society doesn’t say for people to go and make it on your own and if you can’t, bad luck.”

“Politicians who say, ‘there’s nothing I can do about that’ are simply wrong,” Alston told WKMS 91.3 FM, a public radio station in Ohio near one of the other sites under investigation by the U.N.

This article removes an extraneous reference to President Trump.​



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Capitalism at its best.

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UYA Post time: 2017-12-11 11:49
Capitalism at its best.


Snide, insensitive remark. Sweden also is a "capitalist" country, but it does not have the poor-rich divide the U.S.A. does. So the origin of the poverty in Alabama has most probably nothing to do with "capitalism". Capitalism's opposite number is called "communism", and as history has shown, communist states produced the worst, most wide-spread poverty while they lasted (but they did not last).

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seneca Post time: 2017-12-11 15:34
Snide, insensitive remark. Sweden also is a "capitalist" country, but it does not have the poor-r ...

So what is the problem in Alabama?

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This post was edited by UYA at 2017-12-11 15:57
seneca Post time: 2017-12-11 15:34
Snide, insensitive remark. Sweden also is a "capitalist" country, but it does not have the poor-r ...

Please check the facts before commenting.
According to the Census Bureau, nearly 41 million peoplein the U.S. live in poverty. That's second-highest rate of poverty among rich countries, as measured by the percentage of people earning less than half the national median income, according to Quartz.

Did you miss the first paragraph?
"communism", and as history has shown, communist states produced the worst, most wide-spread poverty

And since China has a lower poverty rate than the US. You statement is completly false.(again)

don't you get tired of being wrong?

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UYA Post time: 2017-12-11 15:46
So what is the problem in Alabama?


Neither a foreigner such as me nor a Usanian Communist can give a definite answer, it seems.

Let me guess, though: the problem is lack of acculturation. It's not about who is the boss and who makes the most money - it is about how a culture can interfere in the lives of people so that they do not partake in the national progress.

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UYA Post time: 2017-12-11 15:48
Please check the facts before commenting.

Did you miss the first paragraph?

It is exactly for the kind of snide smug and smirking comments that include a condescending comparison between the U.A. poor and the Chinese poor that I made my previous comment.

The Commies of the world are losers, for Heaven's sake. They pauperized all the captives in their empires. No one but the ruling cliques ever got rich. Then came the rejuvenation in tamdem with economic liberalization: economic liberalization means borrowing of Capitalist designs and knowhow, and voila! The economies finally take off and make a difference to the lives of the subjects. Without Capitalism, the Chinese would still be dirt poor.

So there is no need to brag about the "low poverty rate" in China.

I don't believe it is as low as the official stats claim. Who checks whether these figures are accurate?

A poor Usanian is still ten times better off than a poor Chinese.

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