An expose from Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
by Kalena Thomhave Too often still, we think we know what poverty looks like.
It’s the way we’ve been taught, the images we’ve been force-fed for decades.
The chronically homeless.
The undocumented immigrant.
The urban poor, usually personified as a woman of color, the “welfare queen” politicians still too often reference.
But as income inequality rises to record levels in the United States, even in the midst of a record economic expansion, those familiar images are outdated, hurtful, and counterproductive to focusing attention on solutions and building ladders of opportunity.
Today’s faces of income inequality and lack of opportunity look like, well… all of us.