The High Poverty Rate Among Black South Carolinians
According to a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, South Carolina has the ninth-highest poverty rate in the country. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation determined that Black people make up 28 percent of the impoverished population in the state. Furthermore, Aleem’s article articulates that “childhood poverty for black South Carolinians is three times greater than for white South Carolinians.”
The State’s Support of Voter ID Laws
According to Aleem, South Carolina is “home to voter ID laws that have been employed cynically by Republican legislatures nationwide to discourage and disenfranchise minority voters who face disproportionate [hurdles] in acquiring an ID.” In addition, Ben Jealous, a Black political leader and former president of the NAACP, declared the following when discussing the laws: “South Carolina’s voter ID law was little more than a 21st century poll tax. While some may quibble over the intent, there is no doubt the effect of this law would disproportionately block black South Carolinians from voting.” Yet, this aspect gained little coverage during the removal of the Confederate flag.