• Angelica posted an update 2 months ago

    A current news article that I found on the NYT, regarding class structure and inequality mainly focused on the life expectancy/gains of both poor and rich classes. The article, ‘Study shows income gap between Rich and Poor keeps growing, with deadly effects’, thoroughly explains how people who reside in the lower classes now in days, are dying out quicker compared to about 2 decades ago. It stated that, “A current news article that I found on the NYT, regarding class structure and inequality mainly focused on the life expectancy/gains of both poor and rich classes, The article, ‘Study shows income gap between Rich and Poor keeps growing, with deadly effects’, thoroughly explains how people who reside in the lower classes now in days, are dying out quicker compared to about 2 decades ago. It stated how, ” Almost three-quarters of rich Americans who were in their 50s and 60s in 1992 were still alive in 2014. Just over half of poor Americans in their 50s and 60s in 1992 made it to 2014.” The rich are living longer and the poor barely make it past their 60’s anymore. Blacks actually lived a shorter life expectancy compared to non-hispanic whites and hispanics according to a study stating that, “ 68 percent of Hispanics and 65 percent of non-Hispanic whites lived to at least 2014, compared with 52 percent of non-Hispanic blacks.” Bernie Sanders also state his claim explaining how poverty is indeed a huge life-threatening issue regarding millions of people in this country and the studies that are proven in this article stand by that claim. It’s a proven fact that being wealthy and being in a higher social status/position in life, does lead to a longer life, why ? Well, if anything in regards to one’s health or any type of issue, they have that power/money to go and provide themselves with the help they need. People living in poverty or even below the poverty line which is sort of heartbreaking, don’t have access to that all that good stuff, they may not even have the basic tools needed in everyday life. Although there is social security, we all know how the majority of the people in the upper levels feel about low-incomers receiving help with their “ hard working money”. Sanders also stated that, “ “We must put an end to the obscene income and wealth inequality in our country, and ensure living wages, quality health care and retirement security for our seniors as human rights,” because if changes don’t start happening soon, death is among a lot of us as this generation continues to progress.