Suffering from epilepsy, Richard receives $725 a month in Social Security disability benefits and $100 in monthly SNAP food benefits.
"People of color in Illinois are disproportionately impacted by violence and poverty. Black men aged 15 – 44 comprised more than half of homicide victims in Illinois in 2015, while they make up just 3 percent of the state’s population. Across all measures of poverty and well-being, people of color fare far worse in Illinois.
Systemic forces, both historical and current, contribute to the concentration of poverty and violence in communities of color. A major consequence of this ongoing legacy of state violence against people of color is that generations of people of color were denied the same opportunities and rights as whites, creating a cycle of entrenched racial inequity that persists today.” - Heartland Alliance 2017