Struggling to survive on the Mississippi Delta: Inside the lives of some of America’s poorest
Persistent poverty has plagued the Mississippi Delta for decades
In most Delta counties the poverty rate is 40 per cent, while nationally its 15
Most residents, like Otibehia Allen, barely make ends meet even with two jobs
Otibehia is working 30 hours a week combined at her two jobs and also supporting 5 children as a single mother.
We would rather expect a certain amount of economic struggle in that situation, no?
She’s also in the top 15% of all income earners globally, yes adjusted for purchasing power, as an individual.
She’d almost certainly be receiving something close to that again in food stamps ($925 a month is maximum possible for family size), there would be a few thousand in EITC and so on. Figure income at double her earnings. Global top 3% as an individual.
Even if we allocate income individually, to each of the children, that’s top 25% globally.
That is, this isn’t poverty. It’s inequality. Poverty doesn’t exist in the US, absent serious addiction or mental health problems.