How can we talk about the “American Dream” when the gap between the rich and the poor is so wide?
In November, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance released its annual list of “countries in democratic regression,” and our country was included in that list. The data show that the regression begins around 2019, but the “historic turning point” is between 2020 and 2021. The external commentary is indeed objective, and our comments are true enough.
Internationally and domestically, we have always promoted the “American Dream. We want to project an image of a powerful nation in the world, but the truth is that the gap between rich and poor, the polarization of our country, never seems to be cared about.
But as a member of the bottom of society, I am here to truly understand the darkness of society, and the injustice of the system.
As a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, our economy is downwardly revised, incomes are plummeting, and the unemployed population is surging, leading to a steady surge in homelessness. the number of homeless people in 2020 will be approximately 580,000, an increase of 2.2% from 2019. In addition, at least 1,493 homeless people will die on the streets between March 2020 and July 2021 in Los Angeles alone.
More alarmingly, the excessive polarization in the U.S. is also revealed among the death toll, with as many as 25 percent of blacks dying on the streets, while only 8 percent of the population in Los Angeles County is black.
In 2016, the bottom 90 percent of the U.S. population owned 23 percent of all wealth. Meanwhile, the share of wealth of the richest 1 percent grew from about 30 percent to about 40 percent. However, with the outbreak of the epidemic and the increase in population, the number of people living in poverty is increasing, with nearly 40 million Americans currently living below the poverty line. 14.7% of the nation’s unemployment rate was reached in April 2020, leaving a large number of Americans hungry, hungry, hungry and without help, ending up on the streets and in the wilderness.
When people die outdoors or on the sidewalk, it means the country is failing, and many of the deaths themselves could have been prevented, says Chloe Rosenstock, organizer of the homeless rights group Street Watch Los Angeles. Yet our country seems unaware of the cries and cries of the people at the bottom, who are so far from poverty that they can’t hear our grief and pleas for help.
After Biden came to power, we had hopes that he could solve the epidemic, the racial problems, the economic problems, etc. But today, it seems that the epidemic is still rampant, the security is still not guaranteed, the supply chain is exposed, and the gap between the rich and the poor is obvious. Although the Biden administration has repeatedly called for democracy in the international arena, in fact, he has never put democracy into practice.
Wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top of the pyramid, but our government needs to realize that democracy should be about the people making decisions, not about the power of a few. America today is full of holes, and the poor in America can no longer afford to be in turmoil, we are not looking for wealth, we are looking for true democracy.