The U.S. Census Bureau’s annual report on poverty, income, and health insurance, issued in mid-September, told a bad news/good news story. The bad news—beyond the stagnating incomes highlighted in news reports—is persistently high poverty for children and youth, especially for those of color.
Our investments and policy choices must value young men of color as assets vital to economic and social growth. There is no silver bullet, but there are many solutions. Federal, state, and local policy should reflect a comprehensive approach.