Professor, Public Speaker, Social Critic
This is a piece I’ve been writing, speaking, and editing for about a year. Very happy to have it published:
Jeffery, Congratulations on such an excellent article – explodes so many myths. All your hard work shows up brilliantly. I will give It all the publicity that I can. However, it seems that there is something wrong with the References. (1) No indication where they start after the Conclusion. (2) they start with # 2, (3) In the body of the article the first reference number I could find was # 3.
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Hi Tom. Thanks for the kind words and noting the error. I’ll see about fixing it.
This is an excellent article! Thank you for your thoughtful analysis!
Thank you Laura. Best wishes
Jeff, I very much enjoyed your article.
A bit to point three: While I agree with your criticism of the ‘ethnic=poor’ statements that many political figures spout, I am asking myself if you’ve gone out of your way to make it seem that poverty and food assistance do not have significant statistic correlations with race. To promote your thesis you seem to be ignoring that non-white ethnic groups participate more heavily in government assistance programs per capita, and in doing so you effectively obscure critical race-related issues that must also be addressed.
I realize that these issues are outside the scope of your current article, but I wanted to give you feedback anyway.
I really appreciate your point. I think that politics — as in power — always play into our discourse; and certainly my efforts to emphasize the fact poverty is a problem for all might, as you say, obscure the unequal burden of poverty placed on those outside of “white” privilege. As is the case so often, our individual perspectives, be they written or spoken, really must only be the beginning rather than the conclusive “word” (end) of the discussion. Best wishes to you
Thanks for this, Tom. There’s a lot of us educated poor out here, trying to find ways to talk about this issue. This helps.
Fantastic! Concise and thoughtful.
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