Article Roundup II

(1) Anti-Black Racism in Korea: this pervasive foolishness
Fantastic article written by Liazzat Bonate. She makes the wonderful point that, “The genius of whiteness is that it doesn’t need the presence of white people to continue functioning.” So incredibly true and profound. Give it a read!

(2) The danger of telling poor kids that college is the key to social mobility
Coming from a low-income immigrant family, I completely related to this article. Written by The Atlantic’s Andrew Simmons, he makes the point that poor kids are so focused on using college as a tool to pull themselves and their families from poverty, that they don’t make creative and innovative career choices. Instead of doing what they love, they’re more likely to pick a career that they presume makes big bucks. Simmons’ observation has basically formed the crux of my university career, and I’ve come to realize sooner rather than later that you gotta love what you do if you wanna be good at it. At the same time, you can’t afford to make foolish career choices if you’re coming from an impoverished background. I guess the key lies in balance: finding something you enjoy doing that also has some concrete monetary value. Great read!

(3) It is expensive to be poor
Wonderful article from Barbara Ehrenreich. She discusses the history and complexity of poverty, primarily in the US. One of her most interesting observations: it is actually more expensive to be poor than well off in more ways than one. As Ehrenreich summarizes,

“If you can’t afford the first month’s rent and security deposit you need in order to rent an apartment, you may get stuck in an overpriced residential motel. If you don’t have a kitchen or even a refrigerator and microwave, you will find yourself falling back on convenience store food, which—in addition to its nutritional deficits—is also alarmingly overpriced. If you need a loan, as most poor people eventually do, you will end up paying an interest rate many times more than what a more affluent borrower would be charged. To be poor—especially with children to support and care for—is a perpetual high-wire act.”

Crazy stuff – extremely informative!


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