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There are colleges closing their dining halls during breaks so low-income students have to find food pantries to eat. There are elementary school children who can’t afford hot lunches being shamed in front of their peers w/ cold sandwiches. All of it is a profound moral failure.
People living in poverty are always being told that they need to make better decisions, but we have a system in place—in both the public & private sector—that punishes ppl in poverty every single day, a system that makes an intentional choice to make their lives more difficult.
We’re constantly inundated with the message that poverty is a choice. It is a choice. But it’s not a choice made by the people living in it, it’s a choice made by the people who keep them there.
Exactly this. Systems of oppression necessitate that people are able to point to a few exceptional cases who “made it out” in order to legitimate the existence of the entire system & cast blame on those still caught in its teeth.
You seem to deeply misunderstand how poverty operates.
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