On being a jerk.

What do you think about people who kind of brag about growing up poor, like it somehow was a badge of honor that they survived it?  I grew up poor and don’t find anything particularly noble about it, other than the fact that we eventually crawled out of it due to privilege. I’m not even sure why I’m asking this, other than it pops into my head whenever some Libertarian starts talking about “boot straps” and “personal liberty.”

It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin’ on the porch with my family, singin’ and dancin’ down in Mississippi…


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