But a funny thing. I know some black people who grew up in the same ghetto as the announcer on PPR, and they found their way out by not buying into the feel sorry for me motif, but instead getting the fuck out of a poor neighborhood anyway they could and never looking back. This is not a lot of people to be sure, but it does illustrate it is possible to rise out of poverty in the USA through hard work, education, and effort. It happens every day. And every day a lot of people slide the other way.
You throw money at the poor, they remain poor. This is the conundrum. It just means a new trailer, more stuff in the yard, and yet another ve-hickle to run down and tear apart and leave in the side yard up on blocks. In the city is no better, and the really sick thing is the pittances handed out are never enough to really get ahead such as starting a business, going to college, or moving out of the ghetto. Instead, they are just enough to keep you in stasis, living in these warehouse-like conditions, for generations at a time.
The smarter people - they leave the trailer park or the ghetto and find some way to succeed. The rest? They accept this as "normal" and throw another piece of furniture onto the front lawn. "It was broke, anyway!"
And this latter behavior will never change as the folks who live like this see nothing wrong with it and in fact, like it. It is not dissimilar from the homeless drug addict living under the bridge panhandling for money. He likes his lifestyle and doesn't want to change it. He doesn't want a "job" or a house or other responsibilities. He wants to be as high as he can for as long as he can. And if you talk to people who work with the homeless, you will hear this - the only time that guy will come into a shelter is when it is freezing out.
So what's the point of all this? Well, for starters, if you've read this far, you have no excuse to be poor, as you are smart enough to see the difference between a trailer strewn with trash and a neat and tidy home. You are smart enough to understand the value of money and see through the shitty financial deals offered to the poor. In short, you have no excuses for being poor.
The rest of the poor? We can feel sorry for them all we want to, it won't change their condition much. You can throw money at them (please, use your money, not mine!) and it won't change their condition much. And please, don't give me that sad-sack-of-shit story about "the starving poor" in America - we have the fattest poor people on the planet.
Maybe a change in cultural values will change things. I am not sure. Trailer homes and ghetto homes like this exist all over America, not just in Georgia. We've seen them, everywhere. Maybe more education will help. But in edu-centric New York State, we saw just as many of such trailer homes as here in Georgia - and just as many housing projects.
It sounds heartless, but I think there are just people you can't help much, because they are just not very smart. You give them food stamps and assistance to keep them from starving, for sure. But you can't expect them to change their behaviors, as they see no need to do so.
And yea, the trailer ones all voted for Trump. Like I said, you can't fix stupid!