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North Carolina NAACP President The Rev. William Barber speaks about city employees' low wages on Saturday afternoon at South Greenville Recreation Center. (Scott Davis/The Daily Reflector)

North Carolina NAACP President The Rev. William Barber speaks about city employees' low wages on Saturday afternoon at South Greenville Recreation Center. (Scott Davis/The Daily Reflector)

Editorial: Tour to focus on less fortunate

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A coalition of North Carolina-based advocacy groups comes to Greenville today, one of many stops in a campaign to highlight the plight of less fortunate state residents mired in poverty. In shining a spotlight on the lack of employment, reliable public transportation, affordable housing and access to health care, the “Hope and Truth Tour” intends to facilitate action on those fronts.

At a time when the disparity between rich and poor is as great as ever — and accelerating at a rapid pace — there may be no more pertinent and necessary campaign under way in the state. Organizers — including the North Carolina NAACP, N.C. Justice Center and UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity, among others — deserve support in their efforts.

William Barber leads the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP and, for some, elicits an immediate and visceral reaction to his agenda. Opponents believe that an over-emphasis on race and the division between those of different ethic backgrounds by Barber and his organization actively exacerbates the divide rather than promotes healing. Common feelings are unfairly directed toward the N.C. Justice Center and other similarly minded groups.

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*good grief--give me $25

*good grief--give me $25 dollars and i could feed a family of four a nutritional/meet the requirement of meals for a week that would meet the test of all this argumenet of what is requrired. a look...

we need less government

I would think extreme poverty would equal not being able to feed your family. I can't remember the last time I heard about anyone in the state starving to death because their parents could not feed them. The government is responsible for the accelerated rate of the division between the rich and the poor. But not for the obvious reasons. In nature, when food is less abundant to a species (in humans, that would equal not bieng able to support your family,) there is less reproduction. Nature maintains a balance. The government has turned that self-sustaining system upside down. People living in poverty are reproducing at a greater rate than those that are more well off. Thus the gap gets greater and greater. Barber sounds like he thinks the government should do more. In reality, the government should do less. Less government assistance/involvement is the only way we will ever start down a path towards equality. Remember the saying: "Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime." What happens when you give that man a fish every day? He has no incentive to ever learn to fish. Guess what. Neither do his children.

I believe extreme poverty or

I believe extreme poverty or absolute poverty refers to that level of poverty at which one cannot sustain life.

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