White Americans living below or close to the poverty line have been thrust into the limelight this year given the overwhelming support they gave President-elect Donald Trump, a group of people who say they feel forgotten and abandoned by their country. While credited with securing Trump’s victory in November, author and journalist Wil Haygood says they are being “exploited.”

Haygood knows their struggles well, growing up poor, but also black, in Columbus, OH. Black Americans experience poverty at almost three times the rate of white Americans, with the added challenges of residing in poverty concentrated neighborhoods and preconceived stereotypes. Haygood describes black poverty from his own vantage point, and shares his journey to understand white poverty by visiting Appalachian families, and writing about their histories.

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