What is the political agenda for Hispanics in this country? Asians? How about African-Americans? We often have our political priorities fed to us by political institutions and that is problematic. It is also problematic, however, that those same institutions tell us what the priorities are for entire groups of people whom we might rarely even speak to. It could very well be that the priorities we typically associate with various groups aren’t necessarily their chief day to day concerns.
Recently I came across two interesting facts cited in the Washington Post. In the first place, in the past decade alone, Washington, DC has lost more than half of its affordable housing- more than half in one decade alone! Second, 60% of the jobs lost during the “Great Recession” were middle income jobs. That is, jobs paying between $13.83 and $21.13 hourly. Of the recovery jobs, 58% have been low income jobs. When we consider these dynamics collectively, what are we to understand? Are individuals being made poor and helpless by design?