This Man's Viral Post Perfectly Explains What's Wrong With America's View On Poverty

December 1, 2016

"You can't pull yourself up when there's nothing to grab onto."

The pervasive American mentality is that we can easily fix the problems others are having without ever experiencing life in their shoes. That's why this man's story is going viral today, because its message is touching so many.

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Credit: Humans of New York / Facebook

"I grew up in the suburbs. I used to think that I could write a prescription for a poor man: 'Get a job, save your money, pull yourself up by the bootstraps.' I don't believe that anymore. I was ignorant to the experiences of poor people. I'd invite anyone to come and meet the people who live in this neighborhood. Right now we are surrounded by working poor people. These are the people who sell your tools at Sears, and fix your roofs, and take care of your parents, and mow your lawns, and serve your meals. They're not getting a living wage. There's no money left to save. There's nothing left if they get sick. Nothing left if their car breaks down. And God forbid they make a mistake, because there's nothing left to pay fines or fees. When you're down here, the system will continue to kick dirt in your face. You can't pull yourself up when there's nothing to grab onto. We aren't paying our brothers and sisters enough to live. We want them to serve us, but we aren't serving them."

Hopefully we can all one day learn to empathize with another's situation.

Source: Humans of New York

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