A rebuttal to the "If I was a poor black kid" article. By a black kid.

So I read the If I was a poor black kid article. And like most people who read it I was outraged. The condescending tone was alarming. The writer made it seem like he could just step into the shoes of an underprivileged black child and make due with whatever he would have been available to. We all know that most things in life are not just black and white. Circumstances are a little bit more complicated than the writer of said article would have you believe.


I grew up in a middle-class family. I had two college-educated parents. Both of them worked in the education field for a number of years. Especially my father who worked as a college counselor. Since my my dad was a counselor I was exposed to all of the ways one could pay for college.  Scholarships, financial aid, work-study and such. Due the being a middle-class kid, I was exposed to a number of things that an underpriveleged kid might not know about. I was one of the lucky ones you could say. Having said that , How does the writer expect a poor black kid to know about all of the things the writer named. Most likely,the kids' parents do not know about or have access to such things.  The parents of these kids would not know that scholarships are given for a number things such as being a desendant of someone who fought in the civil war and for being left-handed.  Although the writer provided some good information, it was done in an arrogant way.


I believe that the writer would be best served by reading  a book called " Behold a pale horse." Hopefully, he gets to a chapter called "Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars." That chapter is about how people in low economic areas are kept uneducated for purposes that are above all of our pay grades.  You can also throw in the crab in a barrel syndrome and "Niggers vs. Black people" skit made famous by comedian Chris Rock. I do not how such thinking started but kids in inner-city areas who try to get ahead academically are often thought of as acting "white." Which we all know is idioitc thinking. Kids do get pressure from their peers on such matters. Because this pressure, some kids do not apply themselves as much as they should. I bet that the person who wrote "If I was a poor black kid" did not think what he said all the way through. If he did , he would have sounded less like a person who wrapped themselves in the shrowd of foolishness.

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  • Great article, Evan. That piece in Forbes was absurdly oversimplified and it really wasn't written to do anything but preach to the choir that already reads Forbes. It was a thinly veiled attempt at justifying why some have wealth and some don't. At best, I would call that piece self-serving.

    The writer has little clue about the challenges that kids who grow up in disadvantaged situations face everyday. The writer makes it seem so easy but that is primarily because he lacks the ability to truly put himself in other people's shoes. He imagines himself in a situation that is more difficult than he realizes, and then gives himself the advantage of being armed with all kinds of information and access that he likely wouldn't have had if he were in that situation.

    If he really wants to make a difference, maybe he can start a non-profit organization in a disadvantaged neighborhood where he can share the info and access he has with those that don't.

  • Thanks for reading. I would like to see that but that would be putting his money where his mouth is. This guy doesn't seem like the type to do so.

  • In reply to Evan Moore:

    No, I don't imagine he would!

  • Amazing rebuttal. I read the original article you posted on the forum yesterday and sat with my jar around my toes for the majority of the evening. Arrogance, ignorance and negligent thought were thrown out by the "writer". The fact that Forbes gave that print time is even worse.

    You wrote what I couldn't find the words to articulate as venom for this man was shooting through my veins!!

  • In reply to LCC-Catie D:

    *jaw not jar

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