On Fox News this morning, the featured guest was Star Parker and her organization “Urban Cure”. The subject was the removal of certain billboards paid for by the organization and placed in low income area of Milwaukee. They say: Tired of Poverty? Finish School. Take Any Job. Get Married. Save and Invest. Give Back to Your Neighborhood.
I did not catch much of the report as I can’t stomach Fox News for more than a few minutes, but it was clear that this woman and the talking heads at Fox News had the same message to anyone in the black low income areas of Milwaukee: If you are poor, it’s your own damn fault. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for your life. Set a goal. Stick to it and you will win!
Clear Channel, owners of the billboards, removed the message after community outrage.
I agree and I go one step farther.
When will Democrats stop a similar campaign that effectively says “If you are poor and white, go to college”.
I recall a state lottery promotion that said all you need is “A Dollar and a Dream” and you too can be a millionaire. What it did not say was that the lottery is rigged so that while a few will win big, most of you will lose. It’s the same with the economic system we have legislated in the USA.
Sure, college is a good thing to look into, but so is getting married, getting a job, saving and investing, giving back to ones neighborhood, but NONE OF THIS has any real affect on the wide and widening wealth gap in the USA. None of this addresses the reality that, if working class wages kept pace with working class productivity since 1968, the minimum wage would be $24.00, not $7.25.
The system is rigged. Stop blaming the working class.