Atlas Data Helps Make the Case that Poverty Is More Than A “State of Mind”

21 Jun 2017 | Alexis Stephens
Atlas Data Helps Make the Case that Poverty Is More Than A “State of Mind”

Atlas Data Helps Make the Case that Poverty Is More Than A “State of Mind”

In a recent op-ed for Teen Vogue, writer Lincoln Blades disputes the perception that poverty is a mindset, responding to Ben Carson’s comment during a radio interview, “I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind. You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there.”

Blades uses National Equity Atlas as a resource to outline the extent that Americans experience poverty as a tangible, lived reality, showing:

  • There are more than 100 million Americans living at or below 200 percent of the poverty line.

  • The share of Americans working full-time and landing in poverty increased between 2000 and 2012.

He writes, “Poverty in America is less about something that you do to yourself, and more about something that is done to you, either against your will or without your knowledge and consent. Poverty isn't about your state of mind as much as it is about policy and plunder.”

Read the full story in Teen Vogue.