Myths about poverty

The narrative society tells us about poverty is wrong.

 

The lack of action taken to address poverty in the United States stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of who experiences poverty, why they do, and fear of what it means to fix it. We are taught to ‘other’ those facing poverty — they deserve it; they caused it; I am different than them. The fact is anyone can fall into poverty and many are born into it.

 

While we can’t always control our circumstances, we can change the narrative.

Oftentimes in politics, the poor become caricatures we talk about without knowing. It’s frustrating when people with power stereotype and make assumptions about people they’ve never met. But I recognize how hard these communities work and know they have dreams and aspirations they don’t always get to pursue because of their economic hardship.

Mayor Michael Tubbs

MYTH 1

The U.S. is the wealthiest nation in the world; we don’t have poverty.

 

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MYTH 2

Free money will stop people from working.

 

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MYTH 3

People living on welfare stay on welfare.

 

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MYTH 4

Free money will stop people from working.

 

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MYTH 5

People who are poor are lazy and don’t want to work.

 

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MYTH 6

If we give poor people a guaranteed income, they will just spend it on drugs and alcohol

  

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