I just got out of my American history class and we had a discussion/debate about this question: “Do rich people have an obligation to the poor?”
Obviously, this will have varying opinions and I didn’t think I would end up so upset. My answer was yes, because if you have more than enough to get by in this world, then you should share it it with those who don’t.
My opinion was only shared by one other person in the class. She is a black and you can tell she wasn’t as well off as everyone. I am whiter than a marshmallow, however, living with my grandparents, I live under the poverty line and it’s a struggle. Everyone else in my class is white and upper class. So you can see where this is going.
As I listened, I heard things like “No, because rich people worked hard to get their money.” and “No, the government should take care of them.” which I guess are fair arguments.
However… I also heard things like… “No, because poor people spend that money on drugs and alcohol.” “No, because poor people have the same opportunities as rich people.” “No, because poor people should just work harder” “No, because who would work minimum wage jobs then?” “No, because poor people buy cellphones.”
There are so many more than that. But those are the worst. I wanted to scream and cry about how unfair and stupid they sounded.
For those of you who are in poverty, I’m so sorry… You know how hard it is. I have never wanted to hit so many people before. We all know these are not true. These are all ugly lies.
Also, for those people who are less fortunate than others who have expensive things like cellphones: DO NOT FEEL BAD FOR HAVING THEM!!!! You deserve nice things too. Never let someone make you feel like you don’t deserve something nice like a cellphone because you’re not as well off as others.