Crime, Poverty And Violence In America

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Crime, Poverty and Violence in America Rfuaw Diarra SOC402: Contemporary Social Problems & the Workplace (BPB1108A) Poverty, crime and violence in America affects not only the poor but it also affects the middle class and wealthy. It also, affects the quality of life in which is willed to have at birth. These social problems are all co-related, and if America could find a solution to end poverty we could end crime and violence. America has a history of violence and crime since the days of slavery and before. So one thing we know for sure is that poverty, crime and violence is nothing new in America. How can we end poverty, crime and violence with a government that is built on using it’s powers and wealth to keep the poor, poor? While creating an environment for the wealthy to get richer off the less fortunate. Poverty in America is old and new (Lauer, R. H, Lauer, J. C., et al. 2008, pg 161). It is old in the sense that it has always existed, and it is new in the sense that it was not commonly defined as a problem until more recently. (Lauer, R. H, Lauer, J. C., et al. 2008). Although sociologist have always identified poverty as a problem, the Gallup poll showed that not until 1965 did the public begin to identify it as one of America’s serious problems (Lauer1976). (Lauer, R. H, Lauer, J. C., et al. 2008, pg 161). The text’s definition for poverty is as stated,” Poverty is a state in which income is insufficient to provide basic necessities such as food, shelter, medical care, and clothing.” (Lauer, R. H, Lauer, J. C., et al. 2008, pg 161). It goes on to say “Absolute poverty means that the insufficiency is so severe that it is life-threatening. (Lauer, R. H, Lauer, J. C., et al. 2008). Relative poverty means that insufficiency is substantially greater than that of most others in the society. However,

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