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...
I agree, but there are clear advantages to having had parents and grandparents who made good decisions. It's a big leg up if your parents can buy you your first car (one that will last ten years) and your grandparents can give you the money to make the downpayment on your first house. When you're poor, the money often flows the other way: giving your parents money so they can make the rent, taking care of grandparents because your parents can't afford the nursing home. I don't want to minimize the value of sensible decisions, but I also don't want to minimize the obstacles that come from having fewer resources in the first place.
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.
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