Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America
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Racism In America: Racial Bias Within The Criminal Justice System - CBS Charlotte

Racism In America: Racial Bias Within The Criminal Justice System - CBS Charlotte | Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America | Scoop.it
More people are incarcerated in the United States than in any other country in the world. Past that troubling statistic, there are huge racial disparities throughout prisons in our country.
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Racism in the criminal justice system in America is a significant issue, causing a large number of Blacks to be arrested and incarcerated, while Whites who committed the same crimes are given minimal sentences or set free.

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Race Affects Home Buying, Renting, Study Finds

Race Affects Home Buying, Renting, Study Finds | Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON -- Minority renters and homebuyers deployed to test for housing discrimination did not run into the blatant discrimination of four decades ago, but were told about and shown fewer homes than their white counterparts with similar...
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Discrimination in housing is a serious problem in American society, contributing to segregation of housing, perpuating racism as well as both social and economic inequalities. As Blacks attempt to relocate to better neighborhoods, they are prevented from doing so because of the persistence of discrimination in rental and real estate housing markets - trapping them in the urban ghetto, where they will inevitably remain isolated and cut off from the rest of American society, where they will be subjected to poor living conditions with limited access to resources.

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The App 'Ghetto Tracker' Is About As Bad As It Sounds

The App 'Ghetto Tracker' Is About As Bad As It Sounds | Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America | Scoop.it
In less than 24 hours, a new app tactfully titled Ghetto Tracker--a service seeking to help people identify safe areas in unfamiliar cities--has already garnered enough backlash to prompt an immediate name change to Good Part of Town.
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The stereotypes regarding American Ghettos continue to perpetuate racist attitudes and beliefs, especially as communities become increasingly racially and economically segregated, and suburban and innercity areas become more isolated from each other.

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Brian's curator insight, October 16, 3:32 PM
The article identifies how technology can be used as an agent of social evil to label and classify communities as less reputable than others in order to identify desirable and undesirable neighborhoods based on flawed classifications. An app developed targeted areas as ghettos and by doing so what neighborhoods to avoid for homebuyers/renters wishing to enter the market. The backlash of responses caused the firm to change their app to be more ethnically diverse in response. However, this does not help urban forms where if it is identified as undesirable that the residents are at risk themselves. The role of technology, in this case, proved detrimental despite its good intentions because it only further aids in social stratification practices rather than a balance of mixed income persons dwelling together.
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Poverty and Crime: Breaking a Vicious Cycle of Discrimination

Poverty and Crime: Breaking a Vicious Cycle of Discrimination | Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America | Scoop.it
Poverty and crime always go together in city slums and ghettos. Breaking this cycle requires a broad strategy tackling unemployment and discrimination
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The relationship between poverty and crime is significant. As neighborhoods deteriorate, so does access to legitimate job opportunities, education and other resources. Since urban poverty largely affects Blacks, due to historical racist practices such as the segregation of housing and housing discrimination, there is strong correlation between discrimination and crime.

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Brian's curator insight, October 16, 4:11 PM
This article explains that there is a relationship between crime and poverty. As there is increased poverty, there is a reduction in services and opportunities of employment, causing residents to resort to illegal activities. Planning practices such as segregating black people into ethnic enclaves further increases crime. Unfortunately, discriminatory planning practices are still applied today in different forms such as gentrification, the displacement of residents of poorer communities. A question regarding this would be is there a way to provide more higher quality services and amenities without increasing the rent cost of low income residents?
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The Unconstitutionality of Urban Poverty - Race, Racism and the Law

The Unconstitutionality of Urban Poverty - Race, Racism and the Law | Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America | Scoop.it
This site addresses race and racism in American law.
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Explores the significance of racism in regard to American law and how Urban poverty is unconstitutional in nature.

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Brian's curator insight, October 16, 4:32 PM
The paper examines the fall of American values in relation to how areas of poverty concentration are a result from failing to uphold the promises and values of its founding constitution. Spatially, overtime African Americans have slowly been grouped together and isolated in order to keep them oppressed. Their built form, city designs encourage low living standards, investments into quality institutions like schools, clinics etc are spatially located away from these areas to benefit the rich instead. Empirical evidence suggests that once someone is either born rich or poor, it is most likely that his or her offspring will inherit the same conditions. It is explained that these areas are essentially doomed to exist and repeat as the residents of these neighborhoods lack the capital power due to barriers and oppression to further themselves out of poverty. Moreover, a shift from service and labor intensive industries to technological and knowledge based do not allow for lower skilled workers to enter this workforce. It places an emphasis on education once again to help people climb the social ladder but this is not enough to help people living in poverty. The US was built upon personal liberty, and the freedom to better oneself through their actions but today this notion is becoming less and less apparent.
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Doctor Diagnoses Woman With 'Ghetto Booty'

Doctor Diagnoses Woman With 'Ghetto Booty' | Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America | Scoop.it
They don't teach terminology like this in medical school.
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Terry Ragland's story is only one example of the racism and discrimination present in the health care system in America. The impact that stereotypes about Blacks and "The Ghetto" have on Black society is profound - contributing to unfair and discriminary treatment of people simply because of their appearance or skin color.

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Brian's curator insight, October 16, 4:19 PM
The article addresses the systemic discrimination African Americans face as being labelled less intelligent. In the story, a doctor addresses a patients ailment with an illegitimate socially charged term for her ailment. By doing so it perpetuates the idea that African Americans are inferior to societies upper class. Within such a profession doctors are expected to uphold an air of professionalism and this act violates that claim. When the upper class members of society are allowed to treat lower members with this type of discrimination it reveals how deeply embedded racial and ethnic tensions are in the US. This case only further reinforces this idea that African Americans can be treated lesser, and such should all be labelled this way continually hindering their actions in society to become better. 
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Poverty Costs Us All, But Children of Color Pay the Highest Price

Poverty Costs Us All, But Children of Color Pay the Highest Price | Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America | Scoop.it
If America is to reverse the downward trend of achievement, we must focus relentlessly on rigorous content and instruction, and enable learners to understand that intelligence is not consigned by their genes, but something they must work hard to...
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The inequalities present in the American educational system are profound. It is within the educational system that the implications of racial segregation become apparant, as children residing in the inner-city have considerably less access to educational opportunities than children in other neighborhoods, especially children residing in the suburbs. The inequalities in achievement are correlated with access to resources - the amount of funding that schools receive, which is highly based upon housing values which determine the size of the area's tax base. As housing becomes more unequal, so does education.

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Brian's curator insight, October 16, 3:49 PM
The article highlights the racial inequality within the American education system. Many institutions of poorer communities have fewer resources as opposed to middle and higher class communities. This reduces the chance of children within these poorer schools to pursue higher education and get their desired career. This article demonstrates that the state in America distributes services in an inequitable manner, reducing the likeliness of residents of poor communities to move up socioeconomically. Similar to successful community policing, education seems key breaking social barriers communities face.
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Rising Income Gap Shapes Residential Segregation

Rising Income Gap Shapes Residential Segregation | Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America | Scoop.it
More high-income earners are clumping together; so too are low-income earners.
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As income inequality rises, the concentration of poverty and wealth become more polarized - shifting the populations of neighborhoods and isolating communities and their residents.

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Brian's curator insight, October 16, 3:28 PM
The article highlights the growing income disparity gap and how it relates urban living conditions where persons of similar income dwell together thus creating a segregated divide in society. Recent data shows how the gap is continuing to grow despite social realizations of socioeconomic standings. This relates to the notion of a shrinking middle class demographic and the divide between higher and lower income persons is creating an imbalanced society. Through this, there is visual evidence of this divide where poorer communities are spatially and visually challenged. Not only this but these areas become attractive to lower income individuals since they can afford these living standards only further perpetuating the divide. More so, these communities are located primarily within a city's central business district and face pressures from higher income residents most commonly observed through acts of gentrification. This only further inhibits their ability to afford their current dwelling. There is ample social assistance to help people cope with these living standards but very little to help individuals move upwards on the social chain.
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Joblessness, Discrimination, and Black Poverty

Joblessness, Discrimination, and Black Poverty | Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America | Scoop.it
The African-American poverty rate rose to 25.8 percent in 2009. That the poverty rate would increase from 2008 to 2009 was not a surprise.
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Discrimination of employment is a serious issue for Blacks, especially since many employers have moved out into the suburbs and innercity residents frequently must travel to the suburbs in search of jobs - where they are increasingly subjected to stereotypes and racist ideas and discriminated on the basis of them. Since the suburbs have historically been racially polarized. The connection between joblessness and poverty is significant. Since so many Blacks are experiencing joblessness, many will also experience poverty.

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Brian's curator insight, October 16, 3:33 PM
The article attempts to rationalize the root causes of African American inequality in relation to the idea of employment opportunity. It is evident that African American citizens are at a disadvantage in the job market stemming from a lack of jobs, or more so large capital based projects funded by the government. Compared to the 90s where large investments were made into infrastructure African American employment rates improved. One important notion is the idea of single-parent households and their ability to find employment. With single family households facing immense poverty due to their inability to find work based on their family structure. Often social assistance is used to supplement income and this alone is not enough to help them climb out of poverty, usually only further reinforcing their social position in society. It is a bleak notion but in order for this to change large social reform would be needed, and social norms and values around marginalized persons are very difficult to change.
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OpEdNews Article: Article: Condemning America's Poor For Being Poor; A National Shame

OpEdNews Article: Article: Condemning America's Poor For Being Poor; A National Shame | Urban Poverty, Discrimination, Racism and Segregation in America | Scoop.it
Let's pick on the poor, trash them and call them lazy, shiftless Americans who don't want to work and are hooked on handouts from the government. If they would get off their butts and work like the rest of us they wouldn't be poor.
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The poor, especially the urban poor, have been subjected to many stereotypes, many of which seek to attack inner-city residents and Blacks by condemning welfare dependence, joblessness and poverty often associated with inner-city neighborhoods and public housing projects. Shaming poverty has historically been tied to racist attitudes and beliefs, especially after White-Flight to the suburbs, where the inner-city became heavily racially segregated and Whites came to associate poverty with blackness and discriminate against Blacks on the basis of these racist attitudes.

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Brian's curator insight, October 16, 4:21 PM
The editorial condemns how toxic American society has become when addressing the poor. There is a myriad of reasons used to blame the poor for being poor, and this notion has been repeated again and again within American media, politics and social trends. A large emphasis on the poor leeching off the government and further wallowing in their own despair is a common idiom. How poor Americans are being constantly blamed for a majority of the countries issues, often involving ethnic and racial ties. Where the gap between rich and poor has become so high it has created a rift between these two levels of society placing one above the other. American values have become corrupted and are so embedded in order to change this massive social reform would be needed. Yet the catalyst to such a reform is unknown and it only further instigates the toxic social environment of a once model country for the world.