For more than 40 years, social scientists investigating the causes of poverty have tended to treat cultural explanations like Lord Voldemort: That Which Must Not Be Named.
Excerpt from article by Patrick Cohen, WSJ online.
The reticence was a legacy of the ugly battles that erupted after Daniel Patrick Moynihan, then an assistant labor secretary in the Johnson administration, introduced the idea of a “culture of poverty” to the public in a startling 1965 report. Although Moynihan didn’t coin the phrase (that distinction belongs to the anthropologist Oscar Lewis), his description of the urban black family as caught in an inescapable “tangle of pathology” of unmarried mothers and welfare dependency was seen as attributing self-perpetuating moral deficiencies to black people, as if blaming them for their own misfortune.
Link to full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/18/us/18poverty.html?_r=1&ref=us
Answer by lovinangels at 5:45 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by UpSheRises at 3:55 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
I think its true, just not only black people, but people brought up in poverty. Its cyclical, just like abuse...
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:50 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 6:54 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by kerp1960 at 9:14 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
I think if people were willing to live without a little more, they wouldn't be poor for so long.
I agree with your sentiment,
but living in poverty isn't the same as the working poor...well most.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:43 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 9:23 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:33 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
Why not?! There are SO MANY programs and scholarships available in this country for poor/low income, and specific ethnic groups/races, designed for the sole purpose of giving the disadvantaged the best possible chance at being successful and living the dream!!
That's what the culture of poverty comes in...Its great that you pulled yourself out, but for everyone of you there are 5 or 6 or more that didn't... Its not just a lack of resources, its a lifestyle, comfort zone, its living around and with drug abuse, physical / emotional abuse...lack of motivation, being around people who have just given up...
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:39 PM on Oct. 18, 2010
Answer by tnmomofive at 10:28 AM on Oct. 19, 2010