Stigma Of Poverty

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the scenario presented by this class (2013), “about 10.4% of all African American men between the ages of 25 to 29 were incarcerated, as compared to 2.4% of Hispanic men and 1.2% of non-Hispanic White men.” This disparity raises several questions in my mind. Why are black men incarcerated at higher rates? What factors are related to this disparity? How does the power structure contribute to this disparity? What remedies are available to equalize incarceration rates among the races? It is my opinion that the disparity arises as a result of systematic oppression of an “underclass.” The Culture of Poverty was first introduced by Oscar Lewis and focuses on the failure of the underclass to accept and adopt mainstream values, ideologies…show more content…
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