The Shutdown’s Impact on Blacks

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

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.