Poverty and Illiteracy

A discussion of how poverty and illiteracy continue to immobilize minority advancement.

This paper discusses how of how poverty and illiteracy have kept many minority individuals from transcending their problematic conditions. It examines how the literacy demands on people in every demographic group have increased rapidly and the impact within the minority-dominated urban underclass who simply do not have access to the educational tools required to break the vicious cycle. It evaluates the socio-economic effect of poverty and illiteracy such as street gangs and increased mortality rates and how transformation of the residents of poverty-stricken communities can be most readily achieved through federal and private funding programs that allow easier access to quality education that improves literacy rates, subsequently increasing income and reducing poverty among minorities.
“Poverty is undoubtedly a contributing factor to racial oppression (Omi & Winant, 13) in terms of literacy and in numerous other regards. Yet the class divisions in the United States continue to widen. Nearly a third of the US population is near or below the federal poverty line. One percent of the US population now controls over a third of the wealth, and the next ten per cent controls another third (Gans, 67). The United States has witnessed a tremendous growth in the size of its urban underclass each year. The percentage of the population persistently poor is large and rapidly increasing, meaning that more and more teenagers are joining gangs, increasing amounts of crimes are being committed and the need for welfare is exploding in most cities.”