Race and poverty roundup: US citizen deported, the rise of class consciousness and a controversial 'Avoid Ghetto' app

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly.

A U.S. teen mistakenly deported to Colombia brings a hailstorm of criticism to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A stressful early childhood can have long-reaching effects, says Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times, so we should look for a poverty solution that starts with a hug.

Arizona has suspended its Mexican-American history program to comply with the state’s ban on ethnic studies, a provision originally introduced in the summer of 2010 in conjunction with it’s punitive SB1070 immigration bill.

The issue of class consciousness is seeing a resurgence, found the Pew Research Center. A majority of adults see the conflict between rich and poor as “very strong” or “strong.”

Microsoft’s “Avoid Ghetto” phone app., which helps drivers avoid rough neighborhoods, has raised questions about racist understones in marketing and who really suffers from dangerous neighborhoods. Hint: It’s not always the people just driving through.

CNN profiles the city of Atlanta in its “Poor, but feeding the rich” article, interviewing a cook that serves wealthy customers for a low wage in the country’s most unequal city.

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  • How racist can it be when people are black and latinos do the same without an app??

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