My post was not about me. It was about poverty in America. It was about poor people, the good, the bad, and the indifferent. It was about my statement that in America, people do not have to be poor if they do not want to be. I also stated that many poor people in this country do not want to escape poverty. All I tried to impart is the fact that the poverty in this country is hard and ugly. That is all. In this country most people can do something about it if they really want to. And I did not say it is easy.
Yes Tom, Detroit has some of the worst neigborhoods in America. And you may have driven through them. They are worse today. And my first hand knowledge is that I have relatives who live in them -- in Detroit. The neighborhoods; if I gave the street names, people who know Detroit will tell you they are the worst of the worst. These neighborhoods could make my trips there depressing, but some of those I know in Detroit have more conviction that they will overcome this, than those who crusade society must eliminate poverty. And that optimism is uplifting. Some are doing everything they can to get out, and they will. Others will not even try.
Just to let everyone know... I do not take my statement lightly, that people can build a better life, and take control of their destiny. It is hard, very hard. If you are poor in America, you are probably Black or Hispanic (statistically). If you are black, it is particulary difficult to escape poverty. We still have racism in America, whether it is outright or subtle. It is worse for Blacks than any other group. Tom, you and I are white. No matter what we may think, we can never know what it feels like to be black. Hispanics are also having a particularly bad time of it, with the backlash over the immigration controvery.
I have seen 3rd world poverty, Tom. I was in the military. I have seen worse than poverty. I have seen inhumanity in its most depraved form.
I did not state it in my first post. But I will here, since there seems to be a question about my perception of poverty. For me poverty is personal -- today, right now; not a topic of the idle middle class on a computer screen.
And Tom, this post is not in anger. I extend an olive branch, with the intent that we can discuss issues, in the spirit of The Great Conversation.