Featured Image: Emanuel Laster, 13, of Pine Bluff, Ark. taken by Andrea Morales for the New York Times
Poverty in America is an issue that politicians seem to have swept under the rug this election cycle. But, New York Times Writer Nicholas Kristof has taken notice of the absence of domestic poverty in politics. A new story from Kristof profiles the plight of three impoverished youths in the American Mid-South, including 13-year-old Emanuel Laster from Pine Bluff.
“‘I just go hungry,'” Emanuel said to Kristof, explaining that his home has no food and, though having three televisions in his room, no electricity.
“The home, filthy and chaotic with a broken front door, reeks of marijuana,” writes Kristof. “The televisions…were bought on credit and are at risk of being repossessed. The kitchen is stacked with dirty dishes, and not much else.”
Kristof’s article portrays the devastating landscape of poverty culture. The economic infrastructure of the country is a neglected mine shaft slowly caving in on families like Emanuel’s. And, although we have the resources necessary to cut domestic poverty, the United States has not addressed the issue in a disturbingly long time.