poverty rate among people who reported that they were Black increased
to 24.1 in 2002, up from 22.7 percent in 2001. The poverty
rate for Blacks was the highest among the other groups the U.S. Census
Bureau measures and the only group to see its poverty rate increase.
The poverty rates for other groups did not change.
The poverty rate for non-Hispanic Whites is only 8.0 percent; for the
of Asians - - the rate ranged from 10.0 percent to 10.3 percent, and
Hispanics, who may be of any race, 21.8 percent. "This nation
have a money problem. It has a values and priorities problem,"
Children's Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman on the