Poverty’s Perpetual Hold: Desolation of Wealth’s Potential

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For a college psychology essay , I chose to research why there are more Negro felons than any other race. My well-founded and proposed solution was that the Negro are more often accessible to poverty-caused grievances where they have to bid and strain for a day to day survival. Summarily concluding, people born into poverty are more likely to commit survival crimes such as selling drugs or thieving for food. Poverty can do many things to a person; cause them stress, force them to engage in illegal activity, and communicate with people that have no benefit for their life. Jack Cafferty of CNN, published in 2012 that if you were born poor you will probably stay poor, and besides the few success cases, that statement is more of a proven science than a discriminatory blow.

Not only does poverty heighten the chances of the committing of crimes, poverty can induce sickness; mentally and physically. Consider a constant stress brought about by the possibility of living a life of poverty for the rest of your life, as a young adult. Plus, the knowledge that the simplest mistake can blackball you from the workforce, or a bad semester can keep you out of a state university. Certainly, there is a way to maneuver past the problems, yet if an inheretant of poverty  does not constantly thrive for superiority, then he most likely shall remain in the financial status he was born in, or live a life of financial and overall complacency. The mental strain of poverty can have a person with high ambitions, in a state of constant urgency. Yes, it is far more urgent to a person that is faced with imminent and current poverty to execute his plans successfully, than for a person who has a safety valve of inherent wealth or family security.

Physically, poverty may affect some by being malnourished, or put people in association with people that are dangerous and poor themselves. A poor person may not be looking for trouble, yet having to stay in a non-discriminant and non-filtered homeless shelter may a threat to an innocent goer. Not to mention a person that lives in a low-income area may be in a more drug grieved and violent environment. Physically, and mentally, poverty can take put a person in jeopardy with the consequence of physical harm or jail, and even repeat for generations of the family. In order to break the cycle, a person has to have some things going his way, or be extraordinarily focused on a long-term plan.

Picture a young man around the age of sixteen, he’s a a jock and an athlete with pro caliber talent on the baseball diamond. He has everything a person could want, socially; great speaker, handsome, tremendous athlete, socially healthy, and intelligent. This same man has no food at home.

Setting goals is absolutely crucial if you plan to escape poverty. Even if you don't meet a goal, laboring towards it is the best thing that you can do.

Setting goals is absolutely crucial if you plan to escape poverty. Even if you don’t meet a goal, laboring towards it is the best thing that you can do.

The only time he eats is at lunch in school. He is so admonished, that a person could not have a clue that he doesn’t have a perfect life at home because of how well spoken and upright he conducts himself. Plus, the young man lives in a neighborhood littered with drugs. Yes, people in his neighborhood knew him and pictured him to be a success in the future, yet any person that he talked to in his neighborhood, his age or older, was on drugs or selling them. This man gets so hungry in his summer training that he cannot stand up to lift weights: malnourishment. Eventually the mature young man begins to sell drugs for extra money to eat, and help with bills, after he gets tired of his guardian getting evicted every couple of years.

          Yes, the young man had the choice not to sell drugs, and he also had the   choice not to eat outside of school. It was easier for this young man to get a hold of some crack-cocaine or weed to sale, for his own health, rather than having the luxury to focus on lining up his future. Poverty put him at risk of jeopardizing his future, not a malicious intent or dream that he had for himself.

In a similar circumstance, take a young man that does have successful parents, and knows not the ails of hunger and survival’s uncertainties. He’s able to enjoy leisure, spend time practicing his craft, and take measure to pick up trades that may put him in advantage in the future. This man can walk outside, and see the benefits of a life void of poverty and the strains of the poor. It is a lot easier for the inherently privileged young man to be offered a job by a neighbor, or ask his parents for money to start an enterprise he’s interested; like buy him capitol for a lawn mowing business. Unlike the inherently and chronically impoverished young man in the prior example, it is easier for the second young man to get a job or labor for a career rather than find drugs to sell. Why would he want to sell drugs when he has a life of available resources in front of him? For the honestly inherent poor, drugs have proposed opportunities for survival, not a trendy fashion for association(s).

The second example shows that the man brought up in a monetarily stable family, automatically has future opportunities that the poor does not.


You may find the brightest young man that was raised poor and has a glowing future, that you could not deny him. The time he tarries at school and involved in sports continue to glaze his promising aura. After the ball games, and back at his home, he comes home to guardians high on crack. He knows whats going on, and spends most of his time in his room with the door shut, when he’s at home. Even the weed-selling money he earns, his guardian will ask him for some money to feed her crack habit.

Yes, the triumph after adversity makes for a great story. Yet, if this young man makes a single legal blunder, his life can be thrown off course for years or decades. That is  and Minimalizing Pressure.

Being the most sought after young man in school was no consolation to the life this young man had. Despite the hardships he had personally, there was no time to talk to people about any strains. He was the most popular kid in school. Being a star athlete, he’s expected to perform better than his teammates that are well rested and fed on a daily basis. Perhaps this story may appear cliche to the lot of middle, and upper middle-class born readers; it is very real to me. This poor-born young man may have had great genetics, yet he had no security for his future. His only saving grace was that he was nearly destined to be a pro baseball player (and those odds aren’t great, pending his survival-prone habits). Forbid that he have any misfortune that could derail that hope for a minute.

People often associate with people of similar financial backgrounds as them. Certainly, Donald Trump was not looking for a friend in the ghettos of his state’s urban area. If Donald Trump, or another inherently rich man that’s successful today, had been preoccupied with remedying his poor friends’ ails, then he most-likely would not have been able to develop a discernment to distractions, and fallen victim to the parody of life that is poverty.


Nobody asks to be born, or to be at the bottom of the ladder of success. The right mixtures of determination, and realistic planning, may sprinkle a drop of opportunity, and then perhaps, a child can grow into success.

Nobody asks to be born, or to be at the bottom of the ladder of success. The right mixtures of determination, and realistic planning, may sprinkle a drop of opportunity, and then perhaps, a child can grow into success.

Poverty is real and often times, something that a young man inherits. Some people make bad decisions that keep them poor, or make them go poor. While others are born into severe poverty and have rare chances of altering that chain. A chronically poor child may have friends and family that are drug addicts and felons, and may not think much about him getting caught with a misdemeanor charge. Yet with today being so liberal and competitive, the smallest mistake can keep a man poor for years or life. The super determined may prevail from this poverty, yet any mistake along the way could be a ball and chain. The anxiety an underprivileged child and young adult may face can be one that makes nearly every second of each day have to be accounted for toward the goal of escaping poverty.

An interaction with another entity, especially if it involves premeditation and repetition, is called a relationship (Self [Master Isom’s] definition). Imagine the possibility of being poor for the rest of your life. You may think only the lazy are poor, yet if you inherited poverty, it is very possible that poverty is going to be a part of your future. What if you knew that if you did not graduate college you had no family that could help you do anything that involved money, even eat. What if you even graduate college with a survival misdemeanor on your record, you could not get employed? Perhaps you’d value your every second and contribute that toward any efficiency that could profit your future too. A single mistake, could keep that chain of poverty revolving. Not to mention that you have to live life and some things may not go your way. Poverty can be permanent, and the best way to get out is by having realistic expectations and executing long term goals-because poverty can be a life-time factor and reality to your future.


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