It’s known that thousands
of people face unbearable things every day, from catastrophes to incurable
diseases. Things of this sort have become normal to everyone, and it’s know
that life is like that, is never certain what will happen. The less fortunate
to be categorized in the poverty class are the ones more susceptible to bad
experiences. Children are more likely to be permanently affected by this living
conditions. Most of kids who grow up their whole life in bad neighborhoods
don’t aspire for a better future. An article in the New York Times made a precise
point in this subject, “Low-income boys who grew up there in recent decades
make roughly 25 percent less as adults than similar low-income boys who were
born in the city and moved as small children to an average place” (Leonhardt, Cox, & Miller, 2015).
The article was focus on a research that demonstrated how
poverty was different in every city. It shows how many states have a huge
poverty rate which would result in the people located in those areas not
finding a way to improve. However, no matter where this child lived if they
moved to better neighborhood there was always better signs of success for them.
In safer areas children are exposed to better education and a healthier
environment. Families with young kids are the one prone to want to move from
bad areas. On the other hand, young adults and up don’t show a big improvement
from switching to safer neighborhoods. Peter Edelman a professor of law stated,
“The census tells us that 20.5 million people earn incomes below half the
poverty line” (2012).
Generally speaking, children have a shot at becoming something
in life if they are given an opportunity of living in a safe and controlled environment.
However, many people don’t get such opportunities to flee these places or simply
don’t wish to leave all their belongings behind. We must find a way to help poverty
from a different point of view. “For all the benefits that moves can bring,
they are not a solution to poverty… Finding ways to improve
those neighborhoods, for people who cannot or do not want to move, is also
important” (Leonhardt, Cox, & Miller, 2015). The statement made in
the article above is how we should be handling the situation. This way we could
help everybody not just the few that are able to leave with or without help from
the organizations. America being the greatest economy in the world should be able
to find a way to carry his citizens out of the sinkhole that is called poverty.