Inequality In The Usa V2

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Inequality In The Usa V2

  1. 1. Inequality in the USA
  2. 2. The American Dream <ul><li>Everyone has the same chance of becoming successful in the USA </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t matter where you come from, your class, your gender or your race. With hard work anyone can succeed. </li></ul>How true is this statement?
  3. 3. <ul><li>In contrast to ‘the American Dream’ there is the American Reality. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are born white you have a 1 in 10 chance of being born into poverty. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are black you have a 1 in 3 chance of being born into poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Who has the better chance of being born into poverty? </li></ul>
  4. 4. The cycle of Poverty Poor Education Poorly paid job/ poor opportunities Low Wages Poor Housing Children born into poverty The cycle of poverty  
  5. 5. African Americans <ul><li>A high percentage live in poverty </li></ul><ul><li>They live in ghettos (crime ridden, unhealthy, damp, diseases, gangs, drugs) </li></ul><ul><li>2006 - 30% lived in poverty </li></ul><ul><li>2007 - 20% earned less than $20,000 a year </li></ul><ul><li>50% of black children live in poverty </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why are some African Americans living in poverty <ul><li>If they do not earn enough money they cannot afford good quality housing </li></ul><ul><li>They have to take the cheapest housing in areas with problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Gang culture powerful, kids have people who are interested in them, they feel safe </li></ul><ul><li>Education does nothing for them </li></ul><ul><li>Parents bored and depressed so turn to drink and drugs </li></ul><ul><li>which are expensive but have they no money </li></ul><ul><li>HOW DO PEOPLE THEN GET MONEY? </li></ul><ul><li>They are stuck in the cycle of poverty </li></ul>
  7. 7. Question <ul><li>“All Americans have an equal chance of achieving the American Dream.” </li></ul><ul><li>Do you AGREE or DISAGREE with this statement? </li></ul><ul><li>Use the evidence from the sources on the </li></ul><ul><li>question sheet to back up your answer. </li></ul>

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