According to the U.S. Census, Atlanta has the widest income gap between rich and poor in the entire country.
Which certainly explains a lot.
As you may already know, Atlanta has seen some of the most intense #Occupy protests in the entire country. Mayor Kasim Reed initially expressed support for the protests, but seemingly changed his mind last week, arresting 53 demonstrators in one night.
Obviously, economic hardship and suffering isn’t unique to Atlanta. The Census reports that things are truly horrible all over this great nation.
From the Grio:
“Those sobering numbers cross ever state and ethic line, leaving a debilitating mark on the nation’s children. Sixteen million of them are growing up in poverty, that’s 40 percent of all African-American children and 37 percent of Hispanic children, according to the U.S. Census.
Increased anger over massive gap between rich and poor has partially fueled the momentum behind the Occupy Movement. Protesters identify themselves as ‘The 99 Percent’, the majority who has suffered from ‘the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1 percent of America.” Occupy supporter David Rinds added: ‘It’s a case of the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer.I’m doing ok, but I stand with Occupy Atlanta for all those who aren’t ok.'”
Do you think we’ll ever close the ever-widening income gap in America?
Do you support the #Occupy Movement?
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