Nearly 40 million Americans were living in poverty in 2008. That’s 13.2 percent of the country. Including those who struggle to make ends meet at twice the poverty level brings the count up to almost one in three Americans. It’s an issue that affects Americans from every demographic group. Yet we will not be able to eliminate poverty in America without serious consideration of the unique economic challenges facing minorities, who are more likely to be poor and have been disproportionately harmed by the economic downturn.
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