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...
My parents grew up in the Great Depression. They both lived in houses with no electricity or running water. My Dad's family owned their own land, but my Mom's family didn't even have that much. Her parents were sharecroppers. They lived in houses with shabby walls and leaky roofs, and my grandmother made their clothing from flour and feed sacks. Their only source of heat was a wood-burning stove, and they didn't know what air-conditioning was. The lesson? Most Americans today don't know what real poverty is. Grow up.
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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