Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Washington DC's Chasm of Wealth & Race

When you come on a CSM trip to Washington, DC, one of the first things you may notice is the strong contrast between the wealthy professional world of DC and the poverty that exists elsewhere in the city.  This divide many times plays out as a racial divide too.  This Washington post article highlights how statistically Washington, DC is now considered the most affluent and well-educated city in America, while many African-Americans in the city don't seem to benefit from this.  Life expectancy in whites is the highest in the nation (83 years), which is 12 years longer than the life expectancy for blacks in the city (71 years).  Check out more on the chasm in this article...
-Kristen Erbelding, CSM Washington DC City Director

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