Living in a poor neighborhood changes everything about your life, reports Alvin Chang on Vox.
“Research shows it’s like breathing in bad air; the more you’re exposed to it, the more it hurts you,” he writes. “And it isn’t just because of the lack of opportunity.”
Blacks are much more likely than whites to live in poor neighborhoods — and less likely to climb the economic ladder.
“If you’re black and your parents grew up in a poor neighborhood, then you probably ended up in a poor neighborhood too,” writes Chang, citing research by NYU sociologist Patrick Sharkey.