Children Living in Poverty in Kent County increases based on new report
In Kent County, 31,167 children, or 20 percent between the ages of birth and 17, lived in poverty in 2014, up 18 percent from 2006, according to Kids Count data.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Michigan Kids Count just released data on the condition of children all across the US, in Michigan and by county throughout the state.
This data is sobering and is a clear reflection of how many families are negatively impacted by neoliberal capitalism and White Supremacy. How is it that so many children in Kent County are experiencing poverty when the mantra in news media is that Grand Rapids is booming? How is it that with people like Richard DeVos, Hank & Doug Meijer who are worth billions ($4.7 and $8.2 billion respectively) can have so much wealth when so many children are living in poverty?
These are fundamental questions of justice that are not being asked by policy makers, business leaders and non-profit organizations, because they are either the beneficiaries of neoliberal capitalism or they are too compromised to take a stand.
We are constantly hearing about the need for equity in Grand Rapids. However, equity in its most basic form would never allow so many children to suffer as they do in this community. So the question is, what are we going to do to end child poverty in this community?