The Poverty Cycle

Black Cool, Social Justice


To this day I feel like not many individuals are aware of this. The picture above shows the poverty cycle which at times it may be called the “ghetto” cycle. It has been proven that minorities, especially black women, are most likely to become trapped into poverty. One of the reasons why these black women are usually trapped into the poverty cycle is because they are usually evicted from their household and that’s how the cycle begins. 
How The Eviction Epidemic Is Trapping Black Women In Poverty,” is a article I read on HuffPost Black Voices. Harvard University sociologist Matthew Desmond is publishing a book titled Evicted, in which he follows eight of his neighbors from his younger years as they try and fail to find stable housing, as well as the landlords, property managers, eviction movers and judges who decide their fates. 

Desmond says, “Eviction is fundamentally changing the face of poverty, one way we can interpret eviction is like, ‘Oh, it’s a result of irresponsibility, it’s bad spending habits.’ But if … you’re spending 80 percent of your income on rent, eviction is much more of an inevitability than an irresponsibility.”

Eviction is something very common from where I come. I am from the South End area from Springfield, Massachusetts which some people might call “Little Puerto Rico,” because that’s where you’ll find the biggest population of Latinos, you’ll see many Bodegas up and down streets as well as Spanish restaurants and so much more.

One thing that intrigued me from reading this article is that it was not surprising, I felt like I was reading something I already knew. It’s obvious that the government makes sure minorities in general are trapped in this poverty cycle. They make sure we are all trapped in the same projects and neighborhoods so we won’t feel the need to actually leave because if we do we won’t be with “our people” anymore. We’ll be in a different world where you won’t have the same culture or ethnic background as your neighbor or manager. 

The fact that black women are in a high risk of being trapped in this cycle for being evicted is quite heartbreaking. In Desmond’s book he goes into great depths of research. While he observes the neighborhoods he once was a part of he met children and their families of whom were evicted or were going through horrible struggles. 

One question I’d like to ask is why do you think black women are at a higher common risk of being evicted rather than white women?


Let’s Talk About — Mental Health Equality

Social Justice

In our present day society there are many who refuse to people that mental illness exists and that it is something that warrants much attention. When something is not acknowledged or physically seen  it is easy to pretend that these issues are imaginary, but the truth of the matter is that mental illness effects those all around us in very real ways.

Because a vast majority of mental illnesses do not present themselves in physical ways it is easy for them to be swept under the rug. Those who do speak out about their problems are highly stigmatized and experience backlash instead of receiving the care that they need.

Mental health and issues relating to it are not frequently discussed, but if there is one thing that is discussed even less than that, it is minority struggles with mental health illnesses. It was not until writing this post that I discovered that there was a National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month (NMMHAM) every July, and I believe that a significant number of people are not aware of this too.

It is important to note that mental illness does not discriminate. It can affect anyone at any time regardless of age, gender, or race.  In addition to the everyday discrimination that minorities face, minorities with mental illness experience higher levels of stigma, less access to treatment, lack of mental health literacy and information, bias and discrimination in treatment setting, and more.

There has been a significant amount of research conducted by the American Psychological Association that helps demonstrate the lower quality mental health services that minorities experience compared to whites. In addition to struggling with a mental illness, minorities are almost guaranteed to face extremely poor quality treatments when they seek help.

An open platform must be established where people can talk about their issues, and we need to ensure equal quality treatments for everyone.

What do you think about mental illness? Do you think it is something that should be discussed?

Connection in #BlackLivesMatter: Is it an Overreaction?

Social Justice

Although my blog is about social justice, you can tell by all of my posts that I have been focusing more on the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s not because I feel like it’s more important but I feel like I can connect with a larger group of people about it.

Black Lives Matter became a huge hot topic this past year and when it did I connected to it because for one I come from a very diverse city where my high school was filled with only colored people and caucausians were the minority. For second, race issues have always been present with day to day activities but once Black Lives Matter came about I feel like it woke us all up.

The Black Lives Matter movement has definitely created a merge between all people from different races. It has shaken the country to be honest. With this movement a lot of things have been changed.

This movement has let us ALL not how hard it is for colored people in general to create  a successful and manageable life for themselves without facing stereotypes and that’s why so far my focus on this blog has been the Black Lives Matter movement. I will be focusing on more social justice topics throughout my journey with this blog.

How do you feel about this movement?