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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Sunday, May 31, 2015

America’s never-ending war on poor people: Why “The Briefcase” is just the latest assault

If you want to get a sense of what Mahatma Gandhi’s famous “poverty is the worst kind of violence” quotation means for the U.S. today, there are two stories from this past week you should read. One is from Jonathan Cohn, the Huffington Post’s ace health care reporter. The other is from Margaret Lyons,
Vulture’s insightful television critic. Taken together, these two
pieces offer a decent sketch of how America’s economy and its culture
work together to relentlessly make poor people feel like shit.



Let’s start with Cohn’s piece, which takes a look at a new study
from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The study is
based on five years’ worth of results from an in-person survey run by
the National Health Interview Survey
and, as Cohn writes, it “demonstrates, in vivid terms, something that
public health experts have known for a while.” Namely, that the closer
you are to being poor, the higher the chances are that you’re suffering
from what the public health field calls “serious psychological distress”
— something of a catchall term for common forms of mental illness.



The
difference isn’t small, either. Nearly 9 percent of people with incomes
below the poverty line (around $20,000 for a three-person family) said
they suffered from “serious psychological distress.” That means that
between 2009 and 2013, the years during which the survey was conducted,
nearly one out of 10 of these people — and there are more than 40 million of them — felt debilitating levels of anxiety and depression. In
contrast, barely more than 1 percent of those whose incomes exceeded the
poverty line by four times or more said they felt similar mental
anguish.  - Salon.com

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