BROKE MAN’S MENTALITY: WHY PEOPLE COMING FROM POOR COMMUNITIES STAY POOR

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“How do you know, if you don’t know?”


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When you look at the landscape of the United States and the way the economics is broken down, you can’t help but to acknowledge the poverty of America. We have so much wealth and yet it’s in the hands of very few people in this country. But there are the success stories of people who come from poverty into prosperity. And they tend to live out their lives in prosperity.

But why do so many people make money and go back into poverty. Or better yet, why don’t most make it out of poverty?

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As a man who comes from the poverty level, I can tell you first hand that it’s a lot harder than just a bootstrap viewpoint. There are many parts to making it out of poverty. You have to be in the right schools, good home life, an innate ability to get things done, and a little bit of luck never hurt. All of these parts added up is what must happen to remove yourself from poverty.

But you have to also acknowledge another aspect of poverty. And that is that people who are poor tend to handle money in a very irresponsible manner as well.

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I remember one day walking down the street here in New York City, and seeing two guys make an expensive purchase of a good from a high end retail store. But then they walked into a housing project. And it had me thinking, why are you spending thousands of dollars on clothes and living in public housing. And it has to do with not knowing how to utilize your dollars.

How do you spend a thousand dollars on a pair of shoes on Madison Avenue (NYC’s Rodeo Drive), and your living arrangements are poor. I have also seen luxury vehicles in parking lots of housing projects, yet Toyota, Dodge, Ford, and Nissan in the posh Upper East Side. It’s that being poor is tough enough, so people overcompensate so they don’t have to look poor.

But what it does is take you down an even darker road into debt.

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The below chart is of the breakdown for what is a household poverty income in 2018. The chart can be found on the Needy Meds website.

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How do you keep yourself from being the person in the group of poor thinkers. Because when I get paid from work the first thought in my mind is paying bills. Some people think I need to go shopping at a retail store for goods. And there lies a portion of the problem, the mindset. Most people don’t think they have a mind for poverty, but they do. being born into wealth helps, but a mindset for building helps a lot. Problem is, everyone is not intuitive people.


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A PEOPLE IN PERIL: HOW WELFARE HURT BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

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“Do we really need it?”

For the past few decades, the African American community have depended upon the welfare system from the United States government. But this welfare has come at the expense of the taxpayers. Now, don’t get me wrong, population wise, more Whites are on welfare than Black people. But the percentage of our group on welfare is problematic. So the percentages relative to the group is much higher for us. My question is how long will it last? How long will America continue to open its hands to giving and giving. And yet, what is coming of all this giving. How many people actually break away and become successful. Better yet, how many people break out of the grips of the welfare system all-together.

For me, growing up in a single parent household, my mother was temporarily on welfare. The moment she made half decent money she was done. I didn’t understand as a child until I became an adult the problem with the system. To a lot of struggling mothers it’s a way to feed your children. But to me it became a systemic construct that your child could almost never break out of in America. Children born into the a welfare household have higher chances of breaking the law and going to jail. Children born into welfare homes also are more likely to repeat the cycle of their mother. Is it something written in the policy? No, it’s the unwritten implications. The unwritten that has to do with rewards for a father not being present.

To a woman, she’s receiving the money because she need to feed her children. But when you really look at it, it’s a check for a father not being present. So now, we will finance your cost of living, but he can’t be present. Which in reality, just because a man is there, does not mean the family is going to live fine. There are plenty of families where two incomes come into the household and they struggle. So the idea that a man, even though on average make more than women, can justify a family not needing help is ridiculous. Welfare should be based around the family, not having more and more children with a financial payment for every kid you have. Now look what it breeds in the long run.

It breeds a few problems in society. Number one, it creates a lack of accountability on behalf of the man and woman. He says why should I contribute, the government will take care of her. And she goes, I don’t need him, the system will give me a check. And the children grow to see there is this quick route. A route that will eventually run out because in the long term the system cannot sustain welfare. Another problem from welfare is that people depend on the benevolence of an ever changing system. Meaning, Black people have spent more time in America without government assistance than with it. Why are we now operating as if a government cares when it has not used capital to build infrastructure so you won’t need their assistance?

Now, you might say, hey we need it. But do we really? The original Africans were brought to America as indentured servants in the 1610’s. Soon after came the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. Large scale buying and selling of Black people like commodities, coming from Africa to the Americas. Tribes of people who didn’t speak the language of the person to the left or to the right of them. But we made the journey and survived the next few hundred years. We survived another nearly 100 years of Jim Crow South. Back to back to back drug epidemics, poor education with a lack of educational opportunities and rejection from institutions across the country, police brutality, poor access to healthcare facilities, lack of employment opportunities, and discrimination in housing. So to think that welfare, if stopped will be the death of us, is preposterous. We survived all of that, we can beat this as well.

In the end, the problem is the system, not the people. The system says we are helping, but there will come a time it will stop. And it won’t be gradual, but swift and immediate. Then generations will be left destitute from depending on a systematic policy that had no intentions on helping in the first place. We have to be willing to turn away now. Go through the initial bad days, but it will work itself out in the long run. Because sooner or later, the gravy train of checks for your tots will run its course. And if no progress has been made from a community to prepare ourselves, we’ll be worse off than prior generations of overt racial segregation and societal ostracism.