I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.— Gordon Parks
Dreamy American Poverty quotations
A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.
How the American right managed to convince itself that the programs to alleviate poverty are responsible for the consequences of poverty will someday be studied as a notorious mass illusion.
Here's Williams' roadmap out of poverty: Complete high school;
get a job, any kind of a job; get married before having children; and be a law-abiding citizen. Among both black and white Americans so described, the poverty rate is in the single digits.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Social Security is one of the greatest achievements of the American government, protecting our elderly against poverty and assuring young people of a more secure future.
Cuba's poverty is caused by the crackpot Marxist doctrines imposed by its sociopathic ruler and promoted by half the liberal arts professors on American faculties.
Americans are blessed with great plenty;
we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation to assist those who are suffering from poverty, disease, war and famine.
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
The fact that more than half of the young black men in any large American city are currently under the control of the criminal justice system (or saddled with criminal records) is not - as many argue - just a symptom of poverty or poor choices, but rather evidence of a new racial caste system at work.
Because they [Americans] want to be thought of as a rich nation, they are very ashamed of this place [Appalachia] that has come to represent poverty, even though poverty exists all over the country, and exists as much in urban areas as it does in rural, if not more.
In the richest country in the history of the world, this Obama economy has crushed the middle class. Family income has fallen by $4,000, but health insurance premiums are higher, food prices are higher, utility bills are higher, and gasoline prices have doubled. Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before.
Being broke is temporary, but poverty of mind is permanent.
Latin Americans have gotten tired of the Washington consensus - a neoliberalism that has aggravated misery and poverty.
part of the problem with a war on poverty today is that many Americans have decided that being poor is a character defect, not an economic condition.
The native American has been generally despised by his white conquerors for his poverty and simplicity.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Success is somebody else's failure. Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty.
One of the reasons inequality gets so deep in this country is that everyone wants to be rich. That's the American ideal. Poor people don't like talking about poverty because even though they might live in the projects surrounded by other poor people and have, like, ten dollars in the bank, they don't like to think of themselves as poor.
I lived below the official American poverty line until I was 31.
Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority.
I grew up in a working class family where there was no health insurance.
I saw first hand the fracturing of the American dream and the bitterness that comes when there is no hope and a lot of despair. So I wanted to build the company, in a sense, that my father never got a chance to work for.
It's not logical that we boast the most advanced and powerful internationally integrated economy in the world, then claim organizational incompetence and poverty when it comes to creating and funding a national health care system for all Americans.
Bobby Kennedy is so concerned with poverty because he didn't have any as a kid.
When a nation becomes devoid of art and learning, it invites poverty. And when poverty comes it brings in its wake of thousands of crimes.
I'm calling for all responsible Americans to fight back and punish Pepsi for using a man who degrades women, who encourages substance abuse, and does all the things that hurt particularly the poor in our society.
A whole generation of Americans will retire in poverty instead of prosperity, because they simply are not preparing for retirement now.
Without Social Security, poverty rates for African American seniors would more than double.
What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests.
Since Social Security was established by President Franklin D.
Roosevelt in 1935 to ensure economic security for American workers, poverty among American seniors has dramatically declined.
The erosion of equal opportunity is among the greatest threats to our exceptionalism as a nation. But it also provides us with an exciting and historic opportunity: to help more people than ever achieve the American Dream.
There is a deep sadness to American poverty, greater than the sadness of any other kind. It's because America has such an ideology of success.
The combined efforts of millions of concerned citizens could do wonders to help the impoverished. The American people are ready for action!
I'm asking for the vote of every single African-American citizen.
You're living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs.
Medicare is paid for by the American taxpayer.
Medicare belongs to you. Medicare is for seniors, who many of them are on fixed income, to lift them out of poverty.
Offhand, the only North American writers I can think of who have come from a background of rural poverty and gone on to write about it have been Negroes.
If you want to get at African American poverty, the income gap, wealth gap, achievement gap, that the most important thing is to make sure that the society as a whole does right by people who are poor, are working class, are aspiring to a better life for their kids.
Most violence is intra-racial, and much of the violence in African-American communities is a function of drug availability, joblessness and poverty.
I had consumed a lot of American culture, but I was not quite prepared for the reality of American poverty.
[President Johnson] had the political will to say that having one in five Americans living in the kind of abject conditions their fellow citizens associated with Third World countries and the novels of Dickens was as dangerous as any battlefield enemy.
This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort.
America has been a land of dreams. A land where the aspirations of people from countries cluttered with rich, cumbersome, aristocratic, ideological pasts can reach for what once seemed unattainable. Here they have tried to make dreams come true. Yet now... we are threatened by a new and particularly American menace. It is not the menace of class war, of ideology, of poverty, of disease, of illiteracy, or demagoguery, or of tyranny, though these now plague most of the world. It is the menace of unreality.
I believe the war on poverty is a more American idea than the war on the war on poverty. I believe that most people feel like that. And I believe that it ain't over till it's over.