Poor kids.
July 22, 2007 4:02 PM   Subscribe

Child Poverty In Chicago -- photographs by Stephen Shames, (c) 1985. Included is Lafeyette (sic) of "There Are No Children Here."
posted by kmennie (6 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
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posted by kmennie at 4:07 PM on July 22, 2007

Dr. Katherine Christoffel of The Children’s Memorial Hospital told me her hospital has documented sixteen cases of marasmus and kwasiorkor, which are starvation-related diseases, in the past four years. Generally these Third World diseases are not looked for. "If we kept good records, we would probably be shocked," she said.

How things change. Twenty years later, access to food is still a problem for America's poor. But not starvation.
posted by Mayor Curley at 5:10 PM on July 22, 2007

From the recently released Philadelphia Dept. of Human Services planning and budget paper for 2008-09:

Between 2003 and 2005, the percentage of the poverty population who were children, increased from 32.7% to 37.7%. Perhaps more significant, the percentage of all children in Philadelphia who live at or below the poverty level rose from 27.9% to 35%.

When someone is "below the poverty level" they are very, very poor. The federal poverty guidlines need to be raised desperately.
posted by The Straightener at 6:21 PM on July 22, 2007

Meanwhile, Paris Hilton is doing lines of coke and drinking Cristal in the back of a stretch Hummer whilst photographers pursue her down the strip. And half the people on metafilter have themselves a good old cry over a crooked televangelist who stole from the elderly just because she was cast in a good light on some dumb reality show.

I love America's sense of social responsibility and fair play. It's such an inspiring example to the rest of the world.
posted by chuckdarwin at 1:41 AM on July 23, 2007

On a note unrelated to the hand-wringing over poverty in America: Shames' photos would have more impact on viewers on the internet if they weren't presented in a format the size of postage stamps. In my opinion, Stoneth offers a better presentation.
posted by dsquid at 6:10 AM on July 23, 2007

Nice post
posted by Smedleyman at 8:35 AM on July 23, 2007

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