State of the Union: In Topeka, Kansas, a 'new generation of poverty' feels rising inequality
By Nichole Sobecki
02/12/2013 08:21:06 AM PST
02/12/2013 08:34:50 AM PST
Comparing the Divide: President Barack Obama's mother was from Kansas, and his father was from Kenya. As Obama prepares to deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term, stories of income inequality from Topeka and Nairobi offer insight into two distant places with a strikingly similar Gini coefficient, a measure of economic inequality, (.425 in Topeka and .428 in Kenya) where many hope Obama can help reverse a global trend of rising inequality - while others see it as beyond his reach or responsibility.