"These stories are typically shared for the purposes of poor-shaming,
typically under the guise of inspirational life advice. “This man is
proof we all just need to keep walking, no matter what life throws at
us,” insisted Denver ABC7 anchor Anne Trujillo, after sharing one of
those stories of a poor person forced to walk thousands of miles a year
A healthy press would take these anecdotes of “can do” spirit and ask
bigger questions, like why are these people forced into such absurd
hardship? Who benefits from skyrocketing college costs? Why does the
public transit in this person’s city not have subsidies for the poor?
Why aren’t employers forced to offer time off for catastrophic
accidents? But time and again, the media mindlessly tells the bootstrap
human interest story, never questioning the underlying system at work."
Via Quinquagenarian Cathugger.
*** Xanni ***
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