Lent 2015.3: Poverty Part 2

I recently had my students compare the mothers in Richard Wright’s autobiography, “Rights to the Streets of Memphis” and Langston Hughes’s poem, “Mother to a Son.”  As the class discussion turned toward poverty I interrupted the conversation and said:

“I have no idea what it’s like to live in poverty.”

A student quickly replied:

“It’s nice to hear a teacher admit that.”

This made me pause and reflect. I’ve been to impoverished areas of various US cities, Appalachia, Mexico, and Honduras.  But I really don’t know anything about living in poverty.  I’ve never questioned whether I would have a next meal. Ever. That’s true for many people that I know.

Wright and Hughe’s captures the struggle of those living in  American poverty that is as  real today as it was in the early 20th century. Perhaps, Lent might be a time for the Christian to consider the widening wage gaps, income inequality, and the slashing of safety net programs that make it more difficult for people to survive.


One comment

  1. I truly appreciate this blog post especially your honesty with your students there are not many good and honest teachers anymore I am glad that you are open with your students. Have a blessed day!

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