“What is riskier than living poor in America?” Seriously! What in the world is riskier than being a poor person in America? I live in a neighborhood where people are shot on my street corner. I live in a neighborhood where people have to figure out how to get their kid into school because maybe it will be a good school and maybe it won’t. I am sick of the idea that being wealthy is risky. No. There is a huge safety net that whenever you fail will catch you and catch you and catch you. Being poor is what is risky. We have to create a safety net for poor people. And when we won’t, because they happen to look different from us, it is the pervasive ugliness.” – Melissa Harris-Perry
ON MSNBC this weekend, Harris-Perry went off. One of her guests, Monica Mehta, billed as a business and financial expert, talked about the risks of entrepreneurship, something she felt was missing from Mitt Romney’s speech. Harris-Perry’s rant begins at around 8:15 in the clip above.
It’s important to add that in the last study done by the National Center for Children in Poverty, poor white kids lead the way in this tragic American reality.
The Federal Poverty Level (FPL) in the United States is $22,350 for a family of four; $18,530 for a family of three; $14,710 for a family of two. Utilizing research, the National Center for Children assesses that families need income twice the level of poverty to make it into the “low income” bracket: $44,700 for a family of four; $37,060 for a family of three; $29,420 for a family of two.