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The Most Unequal Place in America (TEXT and VIDEO)


Society & Culture  (tags: Americans, income inequality, Lake Providence Louisiana, society, culture, family, education, government, politics, sadness, rights )

Carrie
- 419 days ago - cnn.com
It's a place where the air is so soupy-hot your shins sweat; where bugs are such a looping, whirring presence that it can feel like you're trapped in hell's version of a snow globe; and where the level of income inequality, as persistent as the bugs...



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Freya H. (313)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 4:30 pm
I can't believe how stingy the pay for a night prison guard is! We're packing our prisons like sardine cans, and pay the guards starvation wages? Geez louise! And remember that many guards weren't being paid during the Shutdown.
 

Dave C. (227)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 4:37 pm
what a sad example our country has become in so many ways.....
 

Birgit W. (152)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 5:45 pm
Sadly noted.
 

Elizabeth M. (68)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 6:38 pm
The difference between the north and the south sides of Lake Providence is like a knife down the middle of the lake.C lass has become the new barrier -- one that is both persistent and legal.
The richest 5% in the parish earns $611,000 per year on average.
That's 90 times what the bottom fifth makes per year: $6,800.
And 16% of parish residents are unemployed.
There is no middle class there at all, and I am afraid if politics keep going the way they are there
will not be a middle class at all - so very disheartening.
Thank You Carrie for this very indepth look at this area of Louisiana.
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 7:23 pm
Rich's county on earth but we the most basic problems the their world, Good posting, thanks
 

Siti R. (12)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 5:45 am
sad.. thanks for highlighting!
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 6:03 am
That's the whole point Elizabeth - eradicate the Middle Class in order to recreate the Divine Right of Kings and their serfs who comprised the majority of the population. The royals owned the land and the resources. The serfs were mere vassals to whom the royalty could do whatever they wanted because they were divine.
Everywhere the middle class has been eradicated from Germany to the present day, those countries have experienced austerity economics that have inculcated mass suffering; deprivation; famine and deployment of severe economic/political/social reforms that basically resurrect the king/serf principle. Thanks Rocky for creating the IMF and the WCB and the UN which are all puppet organizations. They don't represent us the commoners; they represent the will of the 1%.
Ever seen some of these rich kid miscreants? They think daddy's money can buy them out of any situation?
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 6:50 am
If Saul Alinsky were still living I bet he would think of several solutions;
Bring tours to check into the rich area hotels for convenience and comfort..
Rent cars to shop and eat in the poor areas.
Go to churches in the poor area to add money when the basket is passed.
Remember - "Without a vision the people perish."
The area is pretty and it could use some tourism, possibly eco-tourism. It reminds me of the song by the Beatles, I'm Fixing a Hole.
 

Dmitry Nikiforov (236)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 7:24 am
Thanks for sharing.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 7:34 am
This lady is the perfect example of responsibility, accountability and stewardship ... not typical, as most give up without a fight. She should certainly be eligible for increased aid as needed (A hand-up NOT a handout) towards a better life.

Education most certainly needed FOR ALL ... those that have must learn what it's like on the other side ... those that have not must learn what their options are, seek help investing themselves in the best, and eventually move forward to a better life.

Don't believe in permanent charity ... slackers and freeloaders unacceptable.
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 1:37 pm
Fascinating bits of history. There may be other cow tunnels in other major
cities in US as well.

ty, Carrie.
.
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 1:46 pm
Whoops... wrong story to leave a comment.
Must be tired. lol.

ty, Carrie.
.
 

Jim Phillips (3202)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 1:58 pm
Louisiana is one of the worst and poorest states in US to live in as it is continuously at, always ranked at the bottom for many rankings, rating polls, things.

New Orleans has not been rebuilt and is still a disastrous area after all these years since Hurricane Katrina hit it in 2005.

But, it is a beautiful state especially in the Bayous. A mysterious region and area filled with wondrous things, landscapes and feelings.

ty, Carrie.
.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Friday November 1, 2013, 8:45 pm
Gilmore's life is consumed with the needs of her family.
"I'm not fooling anybody," she told me. "I don't have any friends. And that's sad. ... I go to work, come home, take them where they gotta go, if they gotta go somewhere, come back home, lay down, go to work.
"That's what I do. All day, that's what I do."

She works and yet she is still paid so little that she just works to pay the basics and not enough for those.

This is what the Mill workers went on strike in Lawrence Mass which became known as Bread and Roses.

The women wanted enough to not only eat and have a decent shelter over their heads but they wanted to be paid enough to have some of the roses in life too. That they watch the rich on hot day zoom by on the river with the speed boats while they are having a hard time to keep the lights on to maybe run a fan is deplorable.
 
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