We have a long way to go

As a class, we have been studying wealth and inequality problem around the United States.

As a country, we understand that homelessness and poverty is a problem that we have been trying to work on for a long time. Though we’ve made great strides, we are still a long way from income equality. So first, we must define income inequality. Income inequality refers to the extent to which income is distributed in an uneven manner among a population.

screenshot-2017-02-16-09-32-19In the United States, income inequality, or the gap between the rich and everyone else, has been growing by every major measure for some 30 years, and urban communities feel the impact the most.

For example, Ferguson is going through a major crisis. I would call it an economic crisis, but it is more than just an economy struggling. Citizens are losing all hope in the government.

The fact that Flint, Mich., is dealing with a water crisis, and has been for over four years, is a problem. This is not just another country struggling, these are cities in the United States, a country we call home. If we cannot even fix these domestic problems, how can we expect to help other countries that struggle?

My main point is we, as the United States, need
to take some time to focus on ourselves instead of worrying about the foreign affairs that we view as top priority right now.

By Tyler Jarrett


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