CNN’s John D. Sutter wrote a really fantastic piece exploring the persistent wealth inequality within a town only 4 hours away from my native New Orleans.
“The most unequal place in America” explains how class divisions in Lake Providence, La., create this empathy gap furthering an economic chasm harming the East Carroll Parish, an area with what the Census Bureau deems as the nation’s highest level of income inequality.
The strife of classism rears its ugly head throughout history, and New Orleans is no exception.
Although the world really had a glimpse into NOLA’s poverty level in the Katrina fallout, roughly 70,000 people, 14 percent of the city, lived with incomes below 50 percent of the poverty line in 2000.
All things considered, it’s a must that we also understand how different social identifiers factor into this inequality gap. And that means acknowledging education, gender and race.