The Atlantic posted several graphs from a recent Census Bureau report on income and poverty as of 2010. The racial differences in median household income are truly awful; half of African American families make less than $32,000 a year. Stop and just seriously think, for a second, about the dramatic difference in access to resources — decent housing, some savings for emergencies, retirement accounts, etc. — these numbers translate into:
Not surprisingly, the percentage of Americans falling below the poverty line rose:
For more on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage, check out the full Census Bureau report.