As 2013 ended, UNC law school professor and former dean of the school Gene Nichol finished a year-long series of articles looking at poverty’s continuing and growing presence in North Carolina. From his work and what has gone before, it is disheartening how the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Nichol reports in his series that 18 percent of the state’s population live in poverty. For children, the rate is much higher. He also cites federal government statistics showing how 10 eastern N.C. counties have poverty rates surpassing 20 percent and that this rate has persisted for 30 years.
I mention this because we have contemplated poverty and the issues surrounding it at the Reflector as well, and the results echo Nichol’s reports.
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