In 2013, one in five American children officially lived in poverty. Black children have the worst luck of all.
A new analysis by the Pew Center shows that even while whites, Latinos, and Asians in America have seen a decline in child poverty since the end of the last recession, the poverty rate for black children has stubbornly held steady at a horrifying 38%.
For perspective: “In fact, the number of impoverished white children (4.1 million) may have dipped below the number of impoverished black children (4.2 million) for the first time since the U.S. Census began collecting this data in 1974, though this difference was not statistically significant. This is despite the fact that there are more than three times as many white children as black children living in the U.S. today.”
There are more impoverished Latino children in America by sheer numbers, but their child poverty rate is only about 30%. We have work to do.