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African-American kids offered less opportunity

Jonathan Lesniak , Opinion Writer
May 6, 2014
Filed under Opinion

Wisconsin has been named the worst state in the U.S. for African-American children.

In a recent study done by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a charitable organization that focuses on family issues and well-being, states were scored on 12 different factors varying from educational skills to home situations along with household income, according to The Capital Times writer Mike Ivey.

Although there are always success stories, impoverished individuals will continue to struggle due to a lack of opportunities and won’t be able to compete as well with an individual who is given more resources and direction to grow.

Results displayed major differences in income per household. They showed that 70 percent of Wisconsin’s white children live in homes with incomes of 200 percent more than the poverty level — at $47,700 annually for a family of four — but only 20 percent of black children live under the same level of economic security, Ivey said.

This statistic is shocking but it provides a large reason why African-American children are struggling.

With this being the case, it appears a main reason why Wisconsin holds this title is due to the majority of African-Americans living in poverty.

With poverty comes an assortment of scenarios leading into a vicious cycle that keeps the future generations within the same situations consisting of unemployment, economic downturns and instability.

These three situations generate more potential for individuals joining gangs, committing violence, using drugs and falling into other acts of desperation that come along with limited opportunities, according to poverties.org

What appears to be a direct solution to the success of African American children in Wisconsin lies in building a solid middle class for individuals of this race. As they struggle through poverty, they still have the potential to gain success, but their development is extremely dependent on the environment they are brought up in. This is the same for every child, no matter their ethnicity.