10 Reasons People of Color Should Care About Sequestration

If a deal isn't reached, Sequestration will hit Americans, hard.

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The threat of a government sequester is increasingly being mentioned by politicians and the media.  But many Americans have no idea what is the sequester and how it will directly impact their lives.

The sequester is a result of the fiscal-cliff showdown at the end of 2012. As a trade-off for the tax hikes the deal avoided, the government now has to handle budget cuts that add up to about $1.2 trillion dollars over 10 years.  These cuts will go into effect on March 1st unless Congress comes to an  agreement or finds another way to reduce the deficit.

Much of the media coverage of the sequester cuts has been focused on the defense department, which stands to lose $500 billion from its budget. But these budget cuts will affect almost every American in some way, especially people of color.

Sophia Kerby, the Special Assistant for Progress 2050 at American Progress, outlined 10 key reasons communities of color should care about Sequestration. Key issues she noted include:

  • Deep cuts to unemployment benefits will hurt Blacks & Latinos, due to their disproportionate unemployment rates.
  • Funding for early child care could be cut by as much as $900 million, possibly kicking 70,000 children of Head Start, the federal program that readies children for school.
  • And Federal budget cuts means cuts to federal, state and local public-sector jobs, which African Americans comprise 20% of the workforce.

Read More: American Progress


  • Mr Williams

    The threat of a government sequester will NOT EFFECT Upper Middle Class African – American at all.

  • Mr Williams

    Stop!!!!!!! putting Upper Middle Class African-American in the same
    class as Middle Class ,Low Income African- American ” Those day are

  • Appears someone is (Mr Williams!) complaining about the WRONG issue without actually reading the source article that lays out the SPECIFIC programs impacted. People of color are certainly impacted due to high and DISPROPORTIONATE unemployment which is NOT their fault. Residential segregation as practiced in urban areas puts good jobs out of reach of the poor.

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