This is the second post in my series on structural inequality.
9 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth.2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?”3 Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. (John 9: 1-3)
As I’ve been working through my study of the structures of inequality, this passage from John kept ringing through my head. All of the talk of the 47%, of takers, of those who don’t have proper work ethic, seems to be designed to draw a direct cause-effect relationship between individual choices and the impacts of poverty.
It is no surprise that Robert Putnam’s book is titled Our Kids. It’s a very interesting rhetorical move. We…
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