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War on Poverty

War on Poverty

After 56 years of President Johnson's 1964 State of the Union Address against the ”War on Poverty,” it is without an end, but everlasting. The disenfranchisement of minorities and communities still exist today!

The conditions of unaffordable housing, inadequate health care, ill education system, unemployment all due to the color of one skin color, ethnicity, gender, religion, etc., equates to Poverty.

The “War on Poverty” exacerbated by CV19 forces oppressed communities to make radical and pervasive social structure changes, especially one made suddenly and accompanied by violence.

The dramatic responses against institutional discrimination barricading access to socioeconomic opportunities heighten the battle against a gated political agenda.

The powerful movement of Community organizations created ”a new wave of rhetoric about economic injustice and poverty” (). The rapid spread of COVID and the downward spiral of the economy across the nation caused the disintegration of communities. The disintegration and locking of communities created space for vulnerable and invisible populations to collectively mobilize against institutional and political systems. For example:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun publishing nationwide metrics on those who have tested positive [for COVID) Thus far, African Americans make up 27.5% of the positive cases with race specified, but just 13.4% of the population overall, a ratio of 2.13. Hispanics or Latinos have a case to population ratio of 1.39, while in contrast and Whites have a case to population ratio of 0.86. Asians have a case to population ratio of 0.81(all of these percentages of positive cases are current as of 5/13/2020). Stark numbers like these from the COVID-19 pandemic have been awakening the public to dramatic inequities and socioeconomic class lines in the US (

The dramatic response against systemic barricades to socioeconomic opportunities and re/distribution of resources caused a radical and pervasive change to the community's social structure and political interest.

Unfortunately, the disease of Poverty is an infectious disease that breeds generations with intergenerational trauma - hunger, homelessness, poor health, and mental and behavioral health that simultaneously shift community interests in problematic directions. For instance, the causes of police violence against vulnerable populations, adolescents, women, and the mentally ill, brewed from a combination of unhealthy social factors:

• discrimination and stigmatization

• social disadvantage, poverty, or debt

• bereavement (losing someone close to you)

• severe or long-term stress

• having a long-term physical health condition

• unemployment or losing your job

• homelessness or poor housing

• drug and alcohol misuse

• domestic violence, significant trauma as an adult in which you feared for your life, or being the victim of a violent crime

The rapid spread of poverty shifted communities' political determinants into a dark abyss. Communities blinded by the darkness that No one knew how large it was, how deep it was, or where it led to.

Young adults transitioning to independent living without a supportive system or access to socioeconomic opportunities fall in to the abyss of poverty.

The War on Poverty is an everlasting fight that is by design. Systemic power and oppression filtered from privilege dictates political behavior barricading marginalized communities access to social and economic opportunities. CV19 did not, only, heighten social consciousness, but heighten social awareness that the War on Poverty is not over against

Oppress - cruel or unjust tc

Marginalized - excluded

Alienated separated

Disenfranchised - politics

The great white hope complex

Key note speaker - K. James

Notes: Mass of Incarnation - using rap to raise social consciousness

Colonization - hx


Banking of Education - oppression - charter school concept

Trauma - poverty

Black codes




Talk to much with NO action - yes!

Girlhood interrupted

Pipeline to prison

Anti blackness

Participatory practice

Black social workers

Community Leaders responsibility



Holistic research and service


Misunderstood population

Social capital

Negative connotations

Erratic ate

Labeling theory

Self identify

The Project Iron Kids organization

Books for children who's parents are incarnated

Restorative Justice?

Does it work, culturally designed and fits the cultural structure?

Raised in the system

Righteous path to?

Dr. Bahiyyah Muhammad

Shenique Davis


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