The Shutdown’s Impact on Blacks

The government shutdown will head into its second week after another day of rancorous debate on Capitol Hill.

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Head Start participants outside Capitol, Oct. 2, 2013, protest government shutdown. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This puts African-American children disproportionately at risk. According to the 2012 Program Facts from the Head Start program, 29 percent of the women and children enrolled in 2011-2012 were black, and almost 50 percent of children in the program were 4 years old.

You can follow The Root’s reports on the effects of the government shutdown on the black community under the hashtag #BlackShutdown.

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