Trump just made a bid for the black vote, and it’s one that is not very politically correct.
Hillary has immediately pounced on this and called it ‘ignorant’. Some black community leaders are claiming there is low poverty and welfare support is down.
According to ‘BlackDemographics.com‘ these are the stats from an Obama admin.’s census (who have been known to change numbers to look better). They don’t exactly make the community look all the better.
According to the 2014 U.S. Census Bureau ACS study (see charts below) 27% of all African American men, women and children live below the poverty level compared to just 11% of all Americans. An even higher percentage (38%) of Black children live in poverty compared to 22% of all children in America. The poverty rate for working-age Black women (26%) which consists of women ages 18 to 64 is higher than that of working-age Black men (21%).
Poverty rates for Black families vary based on the family type. While 23% of all Black families live below the poverty level only 8% of Black married couple families live in poverty which is considerably lower than the 37% of Black families headed by single women who live below the poverty line. The highest poverty rates (46%) are for Black families with children which are headed by single Black women. This is significant considering more than half (55%) of all Black families with children are headed by single women.
Obama’s Legacy: Black Child Poverty at Record High
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford on
“The raw numbers of poor Black kids now exceeds whites in absolute terms.”
A new study by the Pew Research Center shows that Black children have been reduced to record levels of poverty over the last several years. Black kids are four times as likely to be poor as white children, with Black child poverty now cresting at 38.3 percent. Only 10.7 percent of white children live in poverty. Asian children are the least poor of all, at only 10.1 percent. Hispanic kids are about three times more likely than whites to live in poverty-stricken households, at 30.4 percent.
The trend is even more disturbing. Overall, child poverty fell by 20 percent between the years 2010 and 2013, according to U.S. Census data. The decline was registered for every major racial group – except Black kids, whose poverty level remained stuck at record highs.
And, it gets worse. For the first time since the federal government began gathering statistics on poverty, the raw numbers of poor Black kids now exceeds whites in absolute terms. Remember back when Jesse Jackson used to point out that there were more poor white Americans than poor Blacks. Today, when it comes to children, that is no longer the case. And yet, the federal poverty program that serves poor families with children is stingier than it has ever been.
Oh and by the way… Hillary knows there is a poverty issue in the black community. She is just more ‘politically correct’ about it. This statement was made during a debate with Obama back in the 2008 elections.
I care deeply about what for me is a mission and it does infuse everything that I do and why I’m in public office and why before I was in public service, chairing the Legal Services Corporation so that people got free legal aid when they would otherwise be put out of the courthouse, standing up time and time again for health care and education for abused and neglected kids and kids in the foster care system.
But I think that what we want to do is have a little reality check here, because how is it best to end poverty? We know we’ve got to maintain programs that are there to help people in need, but look at what’s happened over the space of the last seven years. The average African American family has lost $2,600 in income. Compare that to the prior 8 years, the typical African American family went up $7,600 during the 1990s. We know we’ve got to attack poverty by making sure the economy works for everybody. We have to lift up the idea of good jobs with good benefits, and we know what we need to do.
Source: 2008 Congressional Black Caucus Democratic debate , Jan 21, 2008