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What Is the 'Success Sequence' and Why Do Some Conservatives Like It? Students' access to food still a problem on college campuses, study shows. The hidden crisis on college campuses: 36 percent of students don’t have enou... Caleb Torres, a George Washington University student, regularly skipped meals his freshman year because he didn't have enough money to buy food.

The hidden crisis on college campuses: 36 percent of students don’t have enou...

(Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college — and not because he didn’t like the food in the dining hall. A first-generation college student, barely covering tuition, Torres ran out of grocery money halfway through the year and began skipping meals as a result.

He’d stretch a can of SpaghettiOs over an entire day. Or he’d scout George Washington University campus for events that promised free lunch or snacks. Poor People Deserve To Taste Something Other Than Shame. Millennials Getting Help From Parents Can Afford Homes - The Atlantic. And yet, even with this help, the average student with loans at a four-year college graduates with about $26,000 in student-loan debt.

Millennials Getting Help From Parents Can Afford Homes - The Atlantic

Laziness isn’t why people are poor. And iPhones aren’t why they lack health c... Two homeless women wait for the bus to take their children to a shelter for the night.

Laziness isn’t why people are poor. And iPhones aren’t why they lack health c...

(Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post) In response to a question about his party’s plan to increase the cost of health insurance, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) suggested that people should “invest in their own health care” instead of “getting that new iPhone.” America’s Most Obese States Tend to Have One Thing in Common. Restaurant chains such as Taco Bell and Pizza Hut made headlines this week with the news that they’re axing artificial ingredients from their recipes.

America’s Most Obese States Tend to Have One Thing in Common

But given our expanding waistlines, it seems like Americans don’t need a healthier (but still packed with calories) Gordita Supreme or Three Cheese Stuffed Crust pizza—we need more fruits and vegetables. Indeed, the results of the annual Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index poll reveal that in 2014 the nation’s obesity rate was nearly 28 percent, up from 27 percent in 2013.

As in years past, Gallup broke the data down according to the most and least obese states. Not Just Food: Book Deserts Also Characterize Poor Neighborhoods - The Urban ... Coding “White Trash” in Academia. I was presenting at a panel at the Media and Civil Rights Symposium at the University of South Carolina.

Coding “White Trash” in Academia

Why Judging People for Buying Unhealthy Food Is Classist. Many Middle-Class Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck. Since 2013, the Federal Reserve Board has conducted a survey to “monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.”

Many Middle-Class Americans Are Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Most of the data in the latest survey, frankly, are less than earth-shattering: 49 percent of part-time workers would prefer to work more hours at their current wage; 29 percent of Americans expect to earn a higher income in the coming year; 43 percent of homeowners who have owned their home for at least a year believe its value has increased. Black culture isn't the problem - systemic inequality is. The idea that it is black folks and our supposedly immoral and savage culture that creates our disproportionate rates of poverty and imprisonment is everywhere: cop shows, news media, movies set in black neighborhoods and high-school social studies classes have all perpetuated this misconception.

Black culture isn't the problem - systemic inequality is

And some are now using this old, false idea to disparage Black Lives Matter, saying that the real problem facing black communities isn’t police violence, racist oppression or economic exploitation but “black-on-black crime”. We hear this all over the place, from news columnists to Ray Lewis to Rudy Giuliani – and, most recently, reiterated by Bill Clinton. It’s asinine, this argument that modern civil rights movements like Black Lives Matter should stop talking about actual problems in favor of apocryphal ones.

How Big Data Harms Poor Communities. Big data can help solve problems that are too big for one person to wrap their head around.

How Big Data Harms Poor Communities

It’s helped businesses cut costs, cities plan new developments, intelligence agencies discover connections between terrorists, health officials predict outbreaks, and police forces get ahead of crime. Decision-makers are increasingly told to “listen to the data,” and make choices informed by the outputs of complex algorithms. But when the data is about humans—especially those who lack a strong voice—those algorithms can become oppressive rather than liberating. For many poor people in the U.S., the data that’s gathered about them at every turn can obstruct attempts to escape poverty. Low-income communities are among the most surveilled communities in America. American policy fails at reducing child poverty because it aims to fix the poor. Kindergarten students play at Guilford Elementary School in Loudoun County, Va.

American policy fails at reducing child poverty because it aims to fix the poor

Due to high rates of poverty, Title I schools like Guilford receive special federal funding to provide full-day kindergarten classes. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post) From the first federal social welfare program for Civil War widows to Social Security and the 1960s War on Poverty, government support for poor families in the United States has attempted to enforce a moral hierarchy based on marriage: Widows got pensions they were considered to have earned, for example, while single mothers got shame and stigma for their moral misdeeds.

Since the 1960s, as marriage rates have fallen and women’s employment opportunities have improved, fewer and fewer women rely on husbands for their material needs. Now, the majority of children no longer depend primarily on the income of a married father. I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump – STIR Journal. From the era of slavery to the rise of Donald Trump, wealthy elites have relied on the loyalty of poor whites.

I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump – STIR Journal

All Americans deserve better. Robert Reich. In America, only the rich can afford to write about poverty. Fortune. One of the first things an attendee does at the TED conference, which concluded Friday in Vancouver, is to visit the event’s “gift cave” inside the city’s glittering harborside convention center. Within is a collection of some of the best conference schwag ever: A black leather Moleskine backpack stuffed with goodies like a Google Chromecast, interesting books, a choice of expensive gadgets (I chose an August “smart” lock), a hipster t-shirt. Berlin: People Shouldn’t Have to Spend More Than a Third of Their Income on Rent. Thousands of Financially Vulnerable People Using Russell Simmons's Rushcard J... Papa John's Stores to Pay $500,000 Wage Theft Settlement.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman keeps cracking down on wage theft, and around 250 workers will be sharing in a nearly $500,000 settlement from four current and former Papa John's franchisees. Aren’t the poor comparatively rich? The fallacy of faulty comparison - Sociol... Opponents of government aid to the poor often argue that the poor are not really poor. Sesame Street goes to HBO: Practically, it's great. Symbolically, not so much. A Study of the 1.5 Million American Households Living on $2.00 Per Day. When Americans talk about the failings of the country’s economy, the focus is usually on inequality—the uneven distribution of prosperity among the population. The Truth About Poor People's Eating Habits Will Surprise You.

In a country where it is a national pastime to find new ways to blame poor people for the crime of being poor, even food choice becomes a site of class warfare. Consider the popularized image of the low-income family who subsists on a steady diet of fast food; each burger, fry and milkshake they consume regarded as yet more evidence of bad decision-making. Glogin?mobile=1&URI= This is your brain on money: Why America’s rich think differently than the rest of us. Consider the following recent headlines: The absolute worst advice we give Americans struggling to pay rent.

What Happened When Arizona Drug Tested People on Welfare. Arizona Drug Tested Welfare Recipients — Here Are the Shocking Results. 10 powerful quotes from Mandela’s Make Poverty History speech. 10 years ago today, Nelson Mandela gave his now famous speech at the Make Poverty History rally in London’s Trafalgar Square, calling on world leaders to make poverty history ahead of the G7 talks being hosted in the UK. 35 soul-crushing facts about American income inequality.

This article originally appeared on AlterNet. Poverty rates in every U.S. school district, in one map.