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Poverty Nonsense

rpm Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 9:21 AM
contd. I think the whole concept of "race" doesn't work very well. It mostly boils down to skin color, which is literally only skin deep. I think that "culture" of a group is more useful, but still limited. With all those caveats, I would be proud to be considered a "credit" to the white "race".
joecr Wrote: Oct 17, 2012 10:22 AM
Culture matters; it got us where we are and ignoring it is taking us back.
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...