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Poverty Nonsense

Arley2 Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 12:22 PM
Superior article per usual, Dr. Williams! I'd bet........and I'd win.........that you had the advantages of having BOTH parents in your home. The advantage of parents EXPECTING you to take responsibility for your choice and REQUIRING that you work hard and do the best you can ALWAYS. You should be, and I'll bet you are, forever grateful that your parents taught you what you needed to know about how the real world works. Good for you and good for the rest of us because you were endowed by your parents and probably other people in your growing up environment with great common sense. We benefit from your perspectives.
Here's a recent statement frequently suggested by leftist academics, think tank researchers and policymakers: "People were not just struggling because of their personal deficiencies. There were structural factors at play. People weren't poor because they made bad decisions. They were poor because our society creates poverty." Who made that statement and where it was made is not important at all, but its corrosive effects on the minds of black people, particularly black youths, are devastating.

There's nothing intellectually challenging or unusual about poverty. For most of mankind's existence, his most optimistic scenario was to be able to eke out enough to subsist...