The Profit of Poverty

Eviction hits black women hardest of all, and the bleak benches of housing courts, which deal with disputes between landlords and tenants, are full of black women and their children: “If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighbourhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.”

This Guardian review of Evicted by Matthew Desmond highlights a devastating issue in this country that desperately needs more attention. The book, and this review, asks an important question that seems immediately obvious once asked: What if the root causes of poverty are not what we have been led to believe, but simply that poverty is profitable and that the system we have in place to “deal” with it simply insures that it remains so?

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