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Some Revealing Responses to My Open Letter to Black Evangelicals

RevG Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 2:25 PM
What? So you are saying that those in poverty are there based on their own doings?
Roy323 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 3:28 PM
2020-U are wasting Ur time with "the pastor"-I grew up in post-depression WV and I can speak to/about being "POOR". But I did NOT LIKE "being poor" so I elected (that's a bad word to use when defining independence?) the US Military for 25+ yrs. Between the Technical schools provided by the Military and 4-6 years of Part time College I retirted with a decent Education and haven't been "Poor" since. Obama really gets Plssd about people like me I suspect!
Jules65 Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 9:51 AM
It's the choices that many of the "po' folks" made which resulted in their poverty. And, their continuation of those bad choices which keep them there. And their refusal to learn from those errors in judgement. It's much easier to blame their poverty and situation on someone else than accept that they screwed up. Similar to the prez and blaming someone else for his failing the citizens of this nation over the last four years. You more than adequately pointed out the choices the "po' folks" probably made in their lives. Now, those who made different choices, get to pay for it.
dfiscus Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 8:55 AM
Amen!!! Bad decisions have consequences and to permit people to avoid those consequences does not teach them to make better decisions. Having multiple children with multiple men to get money, spending money on nails, fancy clothes and big TVs instead of caring for their children (they expect me to take care of their multiple kids thru Food Stamps, free housing, free lunches, etc. There is no expectation of success-- only victim hood.
NewJAl Wrote: Nov 27, 2012 12:15 AM
Many millions are poor by the lousy choices they make. That they do not know better is not my fault, as I would freely tell them they make stupid choices, often daily.
They are victims of those that say they cannot help doing what they do.
They are not animals, but humans, and should know better and should do better, but are given a pass and endless excuses. Of course many need help, but must take responsiblity, as they are not stupid beasts, but humans, that, supposedly, can think ahead.
2020Hindsight Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 3:45 PM
Work with them in health care everyday. Got their names, address, cell numbers, medical and job history in my records, actually. Thanks for asking and thanks for playing!
pastorial Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 3:32 PM
so how many "poor people" do you know?
2020Hindsight Wrote: Nov 26, 2012 3:14 PM
Why, yes. Now you are getting it! Should we do a life audit of all the po' folks and analyze every decision they made and dime they spent and see the real reasons for their poverty? I think that would be great idea.

Get up for school or cut class? Do homework or play video games? Get a tattoo or buy food? Do drugs or pay rent? Get fancy nails or buy a book? Get knocked up or say No and stay in school?
My open letter to my black Christian friends, written out of respect and solidarity, generated an extremely high number of email responses. They ranged from commendation to condemnation, with one email informing me that neither “you nor I are going to alter prophecy, these things are foretold, we have to pray now GOD will get us out of here before masses get destroyed!”

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