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Poor Americans are all lazy, selfish people who must first prove their worth as human beings if they want to be able to feed their children.
It sounds harsh, stereotypical, and judgmental when you put it like that, and few people would feel comfortable saying that exact phrase. However, it’s a perception of poverty in America that I’ve found still has a strong grip on our way of thinking. [excerpt]
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Meisenheimer, Melanie M., "Milking the System: Do Poor People Deserve Fresh Food?" (2013). SURGE. 101.
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