Poor and black I can only imagine and try to understand. Poor and “farm”, I certainly know. Many of the same ideas apply. Educators exacerbate the problem by not only neglecting the poor kids, but by encouraging all of the brightest to leave their homes for “better” lives, leaving behind a shallow pool of ambition to only decay and depend. We can blame the monetary investment levels to some degree, but it’s also a philosophical bent of extraction of resources (natural and human) from the low to benefit the high. The rising tide only lifts the boats with people who have a place to piss down from. Education is invested in only if it benefits the extractors, not the resources. The people and the land get neglected while the money and the gods get pampered. Flyover country, indeed.

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