Charles Blow produced a graphic op-ed for the New York Times. His makes differences visual. Yesterday he brought to light the greatest casualties of the recession–children.
According to “The State of America’s Children 2011,” a report issued last month by the Children’s Defense Fund, the impact of the recession on children’s well-being has been catastrophic. Here is just a handful of the findings:
• The number of children living in poverty has increased by four million since 2000, and the number of children who fell into poverty between 2008 and 2009 was the largest single-year increase ever recorded.
• The number of homeless children in public schools increased 41 percent between the 2006-7 and 2008-9 school years.
• In 2009, an average of 15.6 million children received food stamps monthly, a 65 percent increase over 10 years.
• A majority of children in all racial groups and 79 percent or more of black and Hispanic children in public schools cannot read or do math at grade level in the fourth, eighth or 12th grades.
Blow’s conclusion: “We risk the creation of an engorged generational underclass born of a culture that has less income equality and fewer prospects for mobility than the previous generation. It’s hard to see how we emerge from this downturn and its tumult a stronger nation if we allow vast swatches of our children to be lost. My fear is that we may not.”
After posting the story Blow tweeted ML Kings ‘promised land’ speech. The video ends quoting King suggesting that we we account to the god of history “and we will talk in terms of things we done it seems that I can hear the god of history say that it was not enough”