There has been massive growth in the Hispanic population within the U.S. Along with this growth in population also comes the growth of poverty amongst Hispanics who are now leading in this demographic as well as married couples in the U.S. which is forty six percent. I wonder why there is still an issue in the growth of poverty amongst Latin-Americans. The New York Times article I read touches on the poverty statistic as well as other recent data. A few questions came to mind after reading this article as well as a few assumptions as well.
What I questioned about this article was the lack of data that can be probable to why there is still poverty that the article didn’t touch on such as, how much of the Latin-American population speak english fluently? or if there are any language barriers, if the population in the data given are legal citizens or if the illegal citizens are excluded from these statistics? and what level/levels of poverty are these people in? What is considered one level of poverty to one group may be viewed different to another who may be also at a different level in poverty. Therefore, some of these groups may not consider themselves to be living in poverty or may be content with their living conditions. Although this article is generally based on statistics I thought it was interesting that hispanics marriage population is almost at fifty percent but the poverty population is in the millions. This may have to do with ideologies taught in families about staying in a marriage despite of having economic instability. Along with ideologies taught, the article briefly states how there is a growth amongst Hispanic youth attending college and wanting to be better off than their parents. What came to mind when I read this was if this is the case amongst other ethnicity groups in the U.S. or if these other groups are content and don’t aspire to do better. The article is relatively short and I felt there was a lot more that could’ve been spoken about or perhaps the author could’ve went more in depth with the statistics given.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/us/hispanic-children-in-poverty-surpass-whites-study-finds.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=us

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