Terry of Minneapolis, MN writes:
I grew up in the Midwest, one of 9 children in a family that experienced hardship and economic challenges. I have been successful in my business career and want others to have the same opportunities. Education, fair housing laws and regulations, employment opportunities, crime and prison reform are all related issues holding people back or denying opportunities for success. I have seen and experienced the effects my entire life–I am 67 years old.
I have seen people excluded based upon race and poverty, basically “punished” for circumstances beyond their control. I grew up a white male in a minority community and saw first hand the debilitating effects of prejudice, ignorance and discrimination against the people I lived with by the people I came to know, as my skin color did not hamper my access to opportunity as it did my minority friends.
Poverty is not a moral weakness, it is a fact of life for many children growing up today. We must embrace and face the issues if we are going to change them. Poverty is lack of opportunity, not lack of interest, willpower or work ethic. We have to restore hope, not “greatness” and that happens one child, one family, one community at a time. We need to get engaged in our communities with opportunities to make a difference.
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