Picturing Hunger in America

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Picturing Hunger in America
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Sat, 02-22-2014 - 9:08am

Warning: these images may shatter your firmly-formed stereotypical ideas about those who struggle in America.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/breaking-stereotypes-women-use-cameras-aim-at-hunger/

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 5:37am

rollmops2009 wrote:
<p>But why would you go posting something depressing like that. We need to be positive and uplifting. Pepe talks are what get people out of poverty, and pictures like that are not helpful. It is like those upsetting pictures of people with no boobies. <img src="/forums/sites/all/libraries/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/img/smiley-tongue-out.gif" alt="Tongue Out" title="Tongue Out" border="0" /></p>

The depths to which you deal are yours, Just don't drag others ways down there with you.

 

 

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 5:39am
The stereotype is that poverty is because you fall on hard times, Poverty is also a culture and it's an excuse.

 

 

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 5:43am

blackandwhitemolly wrote:
<p>Yes, everyone can only assume with a 4 minute story.</p>

Exactly, Let's watch and judge poverty based on something new the marla found, Yippee! 

 

 

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 5:57am

I know someone that has 90,000.00+ in student loan debt.  She just graduated with a masters in education and can't find a job.  Her husband makes a modest working wage and they have two kids.  You bet, they should be on assistance and they are getting it.  These are images of poverty in America too, Now let's move on and talk about solutions.

 

 

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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 5:58am
"The depths to which you deal are yours, Just don't drag others ways down there with you." -------- I see your irony meter is off this morning.
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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 5:59am
^^^^Oh, and "reality" is not some sort of depth. It is just reality.
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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 6:00am
"I know someone that has 90,000.00+ in student loan debt. She just graduated with a masters in education and can't find a job. Her husband makes a modest working wage and they have two kids. You bet, they should be on assistance and they are getting it. These are images of poverty in America too, Now let's move on and talk about solutions." --------- Those are exactly the sorts of stories the article in the OP discusses. What do you think the solution might be?
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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 6:01am

The only people I know on welfare or food stamps came on hard times due to medical hardship and disability, mental illness, or the economic collapse of 2008 with longterm unemployment. All would "choose" a different path. None made the choice.

These are people you know and that tell you they are on assistance b/c of xy or z? 

 


 


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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 6:26am
I know, and your "reality" is a contrast of mine. News flash, there's nothing wrong with either.

 


 


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Sun, 02-23-2014 - 7:06am

"I know, and your "reality" is a contrast of mine. News flash, there's nothing wrong with either."

I get that you think that breast cancer should be treated as some sort of pink love fest and that you prefer not to think about the reality of it. As you say, your choice and perfectly fine. But if all takes are fine, then you should not get all upset when others have a different take than yours. You should also try to understand that it is rather offensive to tell someone that their life and reality are depressing and dragging you down.

As for poverty, you say on the one hand that it is a "culture" and an "excuse." Then on the other hand you tell the story of the lady with student debt  and call for solutions. The lady with student debt is not poor because of some sort of "culture" nor is she "excusing" anything. So, what do you propose as a solution to the situation that she and many others like her are in?

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