The Right to Control What is Inalienably Ours

A poster from a 1921 eugenics conference displays the U.S. states that had implemented sterilization legislation by then (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As an African-American woman activist, both racial justice and gender equality are important to me. Thus, I was appalled when I read about the state of North Carolina’s history with eugenic sterilizations. North Carolina sterilized 7,600 people through its sweeping eugenic sterilization program and “the targets of the sterilization were disproportionately Black and female, and almost universally poor.”

Johanna Schoen, a Rutgers University historian who has extensively documented the state’s eugenics policy, stated, “The eugenic sterilization really was …read more

New Data on Poverty, Same Old Problems?

English: Income inequality, United States, 1979-2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Last week the Census Bureau released the Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey (CPS), the source of official national poverty estimates for 2012. This treasure trove of data lets the public explore a plethora of statistical measures of poverty at local, regional and national levels. But does this new data reveal anything we didn’t already know about poverty? Or are we faced with the same old problems.

Following is a list of some quick takeaways from the new Census Bureau data:

For the 11th …read more