July 23, 2013
Jonathan B. Wight
America’s commitment to a meritocratic society is questioned in a New York Times article yesterday.
The color chart (click to enlarge) shows the chance that a child raised in the bottom fifth of the income scale can make it to the top fifth. The dark red that dominates the Southeast of the United States shows a 4% or less chance.
The reason is less about class discrimination and more about two-parent families, transportation access, and probably spiritual capital (discussed yesterday).
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