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A Photographer Challenges Myths About Class and Poverty in America

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Katie Reilly: But while her photos focus on Troy, the history of the city and its families, Brenda Kenneally says they tell a broader story about the country as well. “Those photos can be recreated, I would say, everywhere in the United States, absolutely everywhere, and yet we don’t talk about it,” she says. “We don’t even have a language to talk about class because the myth of America is that we are all one class.”

There were 39.7 million people living in poverty in the U.S. in 2017, according to U.S. Census data. In most major cities in upstate New York, including Troy, the child poverty rate was as high as 73% for black children and 40% for white children in 2015. More here.

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