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POVERTY & PREJUDICE: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

You’re invited to read my blog post on Is History The Agreed Upon Lie?

As a baby boomer that grew up in an average middle-class family in America during the 1950s and 1960s, poverty was not something I had to dwell on or even think about as a child or as a teen. For me, poverty was an unknown concept.

Poverty in America during the 1950s and 1960s was simply ignored in our wealth-burgeoning society. I was not alone in my ignorance. “[In fact, it’s been more than 50 years] since Americans, or at least the non-poor among them, ‘discovered’ poverty, thanks to Michael Harringtton’s engaging book The Other America.” (Twisting the Phrase “Culture of Poverty” Barbara Ehrenreich March 16, 2012).  Read it all at… POVERTY & PREJUDICE: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

I look forward to hearing from you.

Bette A. Stevens http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Comments on: "POVERTY & PREJUDICE: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" (8)

  1. Wonderful post, so thrilled to have you as a guest .

  2. Excellent post! I have two adopted Guatemalan grandchildren. They were both given up for adoption by women who are so poor they could not provide for their children. So this is a subject near and dear to my heart and the heart of all my family members. And I have tried to stop prejudice wherever I’ve encountered it. It always had been time to end bigotry and prejudice but in the global world we live in today, it is especially time for it to stop! Thank you for being a voice of reason in that arena. Blessings, Natalie

    • KUDOS to you and your family for caring and sharing. It’s so wonderful to meet those who continue to work for the good of the downtrodden everywhere. As you say, in our global society, it is more important than ever to share our stories. Thanks for sharing yours, Natalie. We can make a difference. Thank you for your gracious comment. Blessings to you and yours, Bette

      • Just in case you or anyone else should ever doubt the impact of your efforts to “spread the word” about poverty and/or prejudice, let me tell you a story about my daughter who is the mother of my two Guatemalan grandchildren. When she was thirteen, we were watching a TV special about children who lived and had to eat garbage on the streets of Guatemala. At the end of it we were both crying, and she told me then that one day she would take some of those babies away from that horror. Then when we was in college she dated a young man of a different ethnicity and got to see prejudice in a very up close and personal way. So when she decided to get her masters and Ph.D her focus was on outgroups and people with prejudices and how those might be changed. Then when she married, she did
        exactly what she told me at the age of 13 she would do and adopted one and then another of the to be poverty stricken children being born in Guatemala. As it turns out, her youngest son has Asperger’s, and she has had to learn other skills including protecting him from the prejudice of others about such children. So you, and others like you, who fight the good fight to inform people about such things are the ones who deserve the KUDOS. Blessings, Natalie

  3. Wonderful writing Bette. A subject half know about and half that should.

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