American politicians are far too concerned with stealing the natural resources of other countries to be worried about some people of color living in horrific conditions. They don't care about the poverty in this country. The federal minimum wage is so low that none of us could survive on it. There are people right here in this country working two-three jobs to keep a sub-standard roof over the heads of their children.
I feel you, MBM, about the global plight of the world, and it breaks my heart. I am a more of a "charity begins at home" kind of person and concentrate my efforts on attempting to improve the community in which I live. You don't have to leave your own city to see people who live in abject poverty. The richest nation in the world cares nothing about poverty regardless of where it exists.