What the ‘Bush Tax Cuts’ Mean for Communities of Color.
I live in Kingsbridge Heights, a working class residential neighborhood located in the northwest Bronx of New York City. Kingsbridge Heights has a population of 35,000, with a high concentration of Dominicans, especially in the southern and central section of the neighborhood. In these two areas over 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line. But, if you ask any low-income resident New Yorker, Kingsbridge Heights is considered a high-end neighborhood as compared to most low-income communities in New York City. After all, our high school and college graduation combined rate is 31 percent; our unemployment rate is 12.4%, as compared to 19% in other black/latino neighborhoods; and our murder rate is only three times as high as the national average. Moreover, none of my neighbors, or most of my neighborhood, have any worries about the Bush-Tax Cuts.