On May 25, 2017, the head of the Department of Housing and Urban development, Dr. Ben Carson, said what you would not want to ever hear from a HUD head.
Poverty is a “state of mind.”
If you’ve spent any amount of time in America, you have noticed that there is a “by the bootstraps” attitude. What this means, at the core, is that poverty is due to individualistic failure.
This is a dangerous belief because it makes poor Americans look lazy, and seemingly that they deserve their poverty. As the head of HUD you would hope Ben Carson would know about the systemic issues in America.
From red-line laws to just straight racism, many of the poor in inner cities have had the deck stacked against them. HUD is supposed to try and fix this issue.
In the same interview, Ben Carson then went on to say that helping people out of poverty is a waste of time because:
“…They’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.”
Ben Carson is looking like he is shaping HUD to be another gutted government program doing nothing but ruining Americans’ trust in one another.
The attitude that Americans have about poverty is poisonous, as it makes everyone else out to be lazy and parasitic, except you.
This leads to a society where social nets are viewed as wasteful. Just think, with all of this money we could be blowing up civilians in Iraq!
Mr. Carson, open your eyes and see that your job is to be helping those in poverty and not blaming them for it. I promise you that no one in poverty is happy being in poverty; it never is an enjoyable time.
Watch this CNN report for more info: