Not the only crisis

statue of liberty

 

You’ve been reading and hearing enough about the details of the coronavirus, I’m sure. What I’m thinking about today are some realities that come up in the context of covering the virus. For example, in a March 13 New York Times briefing that mentioned the importance of free or subsidized school lunches for many children, I learned this fact: “In New York City, around 750,000 of its 1.1 million students are living in poverty, including roughly 114,000 who are homeless.”

So almost three quarters of school kids in one of the richest cities in the world live in poverty. As intense as our concern is about COVID-19, we can assume that at some point in the next few months, the threat will lessen, and our worries over the public health crisis will begin to resolve. But what are the prospects for dealing with the wealth disparity crisis that those numbers represent?

 

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