“Four in five in US face near-poverty, no work”
“Survey data…points to…the loss of good-paying…jobs as reasons for the trend.
…affirmative action…the major impediment…on improving socioeconomic status for all, regardless of race.
Hardship is particularly growing among whites…
Pessimism…about their families’ economic futures has climbed to the highest point since at least 1987…63 percent of whites called the economy “poor.”
“I think it’s going to get worse,” said Irene Salyers, 52, of Buchanan County, Va…
“If you do try to go apply for a job, they’re not hiring people, and they’re not paying that much to even go to work,” she said. Children, she said, have “nothing better to do than to get on drugs.”
More than 19 million whites fall below the poverty line of $23,021 for a family of four, accounting for more than 41 percent of the nation’s destitute, nearly double the number of poor blacks.”