20 things the poor do daily

Ben Irwin takes us on a fantastically clear and well-sourced journey through some of the struggles people living in poverty face, including difficulties with housing, lack of sleep, juggling multiple low-paying jobs, dealing with interpersonal violence, and more. These are excellent talking points for deconstructing hegemony and elitism.

From Mr. Irwin:

“Dave Ramsey probably wasn’t expecting this much pushback when he shared a piece by Tim Corley contrasting the habits of the rich with those of the poor. In her response on CNNRachel Held Evans noted that Ramsey and Corley mistake correlation for causality when they suggest (without actually proving) that these habits are the cause of a person’s financial situation. (Did it never occur to them that it might be the other way around?)

Ramsey fired back, calling the pushback “immature and ignorant.” This from a guy who just made 20 sweeping assertions about 47 million poor people in the US — all based on a survey of 361 individuals.

That’s right. To come up with his 20 habits, Corley talked to just 233 wealthy people and 128 poor people. Ramsey can talk all he wants about Corley’s research passing the “common-sense smell test,” but it doesn’t pass the “research methodology 101” test.”  Read the rest of the article (it’s really good).

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