bootstrap myth

it is very rare that someone born into poverty will be able to save their way out. there are many factors that go into being poor, and not being taught how to manage or grow money is one of them. while not having the necessary tools for success readily available to you is another. bootstrapping is a myth created by the wealthy to shame the poor.

About poverty

For a poor mellienial minorities, to successfully extract ourselves from poverty we must also carry our families out of poverty. It’s nearly impossible to save or invest in your own future when you have relatives struggling to afford the basic necessities of life, like housing, food, and medical care. Generational burdens of debt are a heavy weight to carry.

On top of that, for most poor people in America there is no amount of “working hard” that is going to lift us out of poverty. We do not live in a meritocracy, if we did there would be a hell of a lot more immigrants at the Forbes list. Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps is a myth meant to perpetuate white supremacy.

If you want to do more than just survive, check to check, you need develop relationships and networks. Research alternative systems for earning money and getting free. It may feel hopeless at times but remember, you are not the first person to live through this struggle. Someone less intelligent, less driven, and less capable than you has almost certainly figured this out in the past. You can learn from those people. Let their paths guide you.

Just remember, this system works exactly like its supposed to, and these lies were spread for a reason. Work with that knowledge to overcome them.

Imagine playing Monopoly with four people. One person is given all the property except Atlantic Ave. They are also given 95% of the bank. Everyone else is expected to succeed with what’s left but of course lose immediately. Because they’re “lazy”...😒

I’m tired of these people arguing against racebending with “make your own”, especially when they portray it like we’re just sitting there waiting for crumbs with our hand out.  That pisses me off.   Especially since you have to ignore reality in favor of this “bootstraps” myth that says that our lack of representation comes from our own failings. Like everything just happened to be white and changing it now would just be pandering, so lets just “make our own”. 

If every recent MCU film is like 90% white (even when it shouldn’t be), how does it make sense to expect us to fix that by “making our own”?  How does that solve the immediate problem? 

Making Iris West black made a show better, it isn’t “false representation”, its fixing a problem (having everything be all white is boring, artificial, and…not realistic in the slightest). 

Do some freaking research.  Look at the experiences of creators of color, especially ones who get blacklisted for daring to “make their own” (you people who are trying to agree with Michelle Rodriguez’s hypocritical, stupid-ass need to actually educate yourselves on this crap).  

What has she created?  Like, you guys expect someone to “make their own” but you never consider the blood, sweat, tears and resources we would need to do that.  You think the problem is that we haven’t tried to create our own characters and mythologies, and I don’t know whether that’s just ignorance on your part or you really have internalized the idea that PoC haven’t created anything. 

And you never consider that people have been “making their own” for a long time now and still might see merit in racebending.  Or maybe they’re not interested in a “political statement” and just want to be freaking James Bond (since you sure as hell aren’t telling white people to “make their own” when ever they get their hands on a popular anime). 

Like, do you have any clue how this crap works?  You act like its just a case of laziness (a common assumption that relies on internalized racism and erasure).  You have actual creators of color (including artists and writers right here on Tumblr) who have talked about this.  There is no excuse.

If you think Barack Obama got to be president through hard work, you believe in the bootstrap myth and are probably a libertarian. In reality, you can only achieve a position of power through privilege. Think about it. If black people really could become president just through hard work, we would have had a black president long before 2008.

anonymous asked:

could you please explain to me why "new black" has a negative connotation? English is not my first language so maybe I'm missing something. thank you!

Pharrell went on Oprah and said this

The “new black” doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The “new black” dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re gonna be on.

Basically black people who repeat the Bootstraps Myth, the black on black violence myth, respectability politics and such fall into the New Black category. 

For anyone who missed the comments on The New Black by Pharrell, this is it:

The “new black” doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The “new black” dreams and realizes that it’s not a pigmentation; it’s a mentality. And it’s either going to work for you, or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re gonna be on.

This would work if it wasn’t implying the whole bootstraps myth and ignoring the very real racial discrimination that we encounter.