27 Percent of Blacks Below Poverty Line

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27 percent of blacks below poverty line: According to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau today, the number of blacks living below the poverty line — which is $11,139 for an individual in 2010 — has risen to 10.7 million, up 1.6 percent. In all, 27.4 percent of blacks were living in poverty at the time of the study. Meanwhile, NPR has taken a look at two families whose experiences illustrate how the racial wealth gap is perpetuated by deeply ingrained differences in things such as inheritance, homeownership, taxes and even expectations.

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Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that 27 million blacks were below the poverty line. It should have read 27 percent or 10.7 million.

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