In December 2017, United Nation’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston, toured the U.S., beginning in California, on Skid Row in Los Angeles, investigating poverty and inequality in the U.S. The article behind this LINK is the scathing results of his report.
An excerpt: “Philip Alston, the United Nations’ special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, published a damning report last week on poverty in the United States, condemning President Trump’s administration for exacerbating the problem of inequality by rewarding the rich and punishing the poor.
‘The American dream is rapidly becoming the American illusion,’ Alston states in the report. ‘The equality of opportunity, which is so prized in theory, is in practice a myth, especially for minorities and women, but also for many middle-class white workers.’
Alston, who toured the U.S. at the end of last year, condemned the ‘dramatic change of direction’ in policies as the Trump administration pursues high tax breaks for the rich and cuts welfare benefits for the poor.
‘I started off in California, where the emphasis was on homelessness. I then flew over to Alabama, where the focus was on racial differences and the failure to provide even basic services, like sanitation, in areas that were very close to large cities. What was shocking was that even basic sewage facilities are not provided, and so I saw open sewage flowing into back gardens. And that is just something you sort of expect in a low-income developing country, but you don’t expect it in the United States.'”