Courtney E. Martin, The New York Times, May 15, 2019
Does anyone deserve to be poor?
It’s a question, I realize, at the heart of the enduring economic inequality in the United States. It’s part of what makes reporting on it, much less finding solutions for it, so challenging.
Over the last three weeks, I wrote about the racial wealth gap — offering first a context for thinking about the gap between whites and people of color, then describing a move in California to stop charging recently released prisoners administrative fees, and finally looking at a small-scale pilot project to give a group of mothers in Mississippi aguaranteed income.
Readers’ responses to these articles taught me a lot about where Americans stand on race and economic inequality, and revealed the persistence of some painful misconceptions. Here are my answers to some of the questions most often asked...