Poverty In Ferguson, Missouri

Newsweek states that twenty-two percent of Ferguson residents live below the poverty line and that the total unemployment rate in the town is 14.3 percent.

Fortune Magazine states the unemployment rate for African-Americans in the county of St. Louis City was 26% in 2012, according to the Census Department’s latest available stats on employment and race in the area.

There is also a fair amount of income inequality in Ferguson.

Increased policing is partly an attempt to manage inequality, according to Cedric Johnson, associate professor of African-American Studies and Political Science at the University of Illinois.

“Rather than spending money to create jobs and welfare assistance, our government has shifted towards heavy investments in policing.”

Is it possible that poverty and income inequality contribute to the resentment in Ferguson?

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