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Charles Blow: Another New York Times opinion piece further shows just how out of this world reporters are

Sunday 13th Septemberns, an opinion piece by Charles M. Blow was published in the New York Times. The article, “Writing for the Poor,” lamented the poor life of a woman in rural northern Louisiana. It was Blow’s aunt that the author stated, was:

desperately poor, like many people I met in rural northern Louisiana. I don’t know how much money he had or earned. I know only the shadow of need that haunted her. It seemed, like many members of my family, a paycheck or serious injury away from insolvency. “

He described his house scornfully: hungry dogs in the yard, bad smells emitting from the rooms, waist-high weeds for a lawn. The reasons for this? According to Blow, the usual suspects: “patriarchy, racism, mass incarceration, vile capitalism”.

Blow considered his aunt a “disposable” person who “had little money and little power.” The author himself was once poor, but not anymore: he wondered how he could help his aunt. He concluded that rather than showing personal generosity towards him, he would focus on “public policy and indifference. The best thing I could do was to defend everyone. “He didn’t want to put himself in his pocket to help his aunt, on the contrary his solution is to pull from the coffers of the public.

Personal responsibility was missing from the opinion piece, however, Blow provided some insight into the cause of his aunt’s poverty: “My aunt died as a pledge to payday lenders, after taking out loans to bail out the bad guys. men in her life and keep them out, but all the time she was sinking deeper and deeper into debt and despair. And the lenders took advantage of that pain. ”Hence, her aunt’s decision to incur more debt by borrowing money to Isn’t helping the men in her life the cause of her pain? According to Blow, it’s the backers.

The reason the Times piece is important is that it demonstrates the inability of some writers to look at a situation from all sides. Blow wants us to take pity on her aunt and do not hold her responsible for the life she has led. Why couldn’t he mow the grass and feed the dogs or find them a home? Why did he tolerate bad smells coming from the rooms of his house? How did mass incarceration have to do with your grim financial situation?

Blow’s aunt was the most important cause of her unfortunate situation, not the society around her.

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Syndication source for the original RWR article.