The most important class divide in America

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  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:03 p.m.

    I think we often confuse cause with effect.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 6, 2014 5:28 a.m.

    Many look at those who struggle to make it and say
    - get an education
    - get a better job

    What fuels the divide is many things
    - parental involvement
    - valuing education
    - opportunity

    We can certainly find examples of those who came from nothing, with parents that were not involved and did not value education, and come out on top.

    And they are held up as shining examples. Why? Because the made it against the odds.

    How many, who look down on the poor, came from an environment that fostered success?
    How many would have "made it" if they traded places?

    We like to paint the poor as slothful and lazy. And many fit that bill.

    But many of the poor that I see are working. Many are working very hard doing physical labor for very little money.

    Next time you begrudge someone for needing help, ask yourself if they had the same opportunities that you had.