About the blog:
The multifarious issues of classism and living in poverty in one little blog from a poor person who like vast majority of fellow low-income people IS NOT LAZY.

About me:
I refuse to lie down and tolerate classism in silence. I will not keep quiet. I will call out classism and any other form of -isms I discern. I tolerate no oppression, including and ESPECIALLY legally sanctioned discrimination. .
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    Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

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    Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?

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    Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

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    Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

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    Do you like to use post-it notes?

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    Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

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    Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?

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    Do you have freckles?

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    Do you always smile for pictures?

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    What is your biggest pet peeve?

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    Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

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    Do you ever dance even if there's no music playing?

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    Do you chew your pens and pencils?

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    How many people have you slept with this week?

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    What size is your bed?

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    What is your Song of the week?

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    Is it okay for guys to wear pink?

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    Do you still watch cartoons?

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    Whats your least favorite movie?

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    Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?

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    What do you drink with dinner?

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    What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

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    What is your favorite food?

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    What movies could you watch over and over and still love?

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    Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

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    Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?

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    When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

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    Can you change the oil on a car?

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    Ever gotten a speeding ticket?

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    Ever ran out of gas?

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    Favorite kind of sandwich?

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    Best thing to eat for breakfast?

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    What is your usual bedtime?

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    Are you lazy?

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    When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?

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    What is your Chinese astrological sign?

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    How many languages can you speak?

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    Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

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    Which are better legos or lincoln logs?

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    Are you stubborn?

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    Who is better...Leno or Letterman?

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    Ever watch soap operas?

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    Are you afraid of heights?

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    Do you sing in the car?

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    Do you sing in the shower?

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    Do you dance in the car?

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    Ever used a gun?

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    Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

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    Do you think musicals are cheesy?

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    Is Christmas stressful?

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    Ever eat a pierogi?

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    Favorite type of fruit pie?

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    Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?

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    Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?

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    Take a vitamin daily?

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    Wear slippers?

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    Wear a bath robe?

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    First concert?

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    Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?

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    Nike or Adidas?

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    Cheetos Or Fritos?

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    Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

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    Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?

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    Ever take dance lessons?

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    Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?

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    Can you curl your tongue?

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    Ever won a spelling bee?

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    Regularly burn incense?

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    Ever been in love?

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    Hot tea or cold tea?

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    Can you swim well?

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    Are you patient?

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    DJ or band, at a wedding?

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    Ever won a contest?

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    Ever have plastic surgery?

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    Which are better black or green olives?

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    Can you knit or crochet?

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    Best room for a fireplace?

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    Do you want to get married?

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    If married, how long have you been married?

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    Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

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    Do you have kids?

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    Whats your favorite color?

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    Do you miss anyone right now?

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Reblogged from steveurkel1018  346 notes
steveurkel1018:

but poor people are the problem right? smh

I should let everyone know, since it seems to be a thing not many know, that it actually is possible to refuse overdraft “protection”, at least with Capital One, and to have it taken off, as I did with Teachers Federal Credit Union and New York Community Bank. I should warn you, they will try to persuade you to stay on with statements like “what if you need it for your rent?” Refuse it. Adamantly. Drive the point home that “no, I want my card to decline when there is more in my purchase than my bank account”. Don’t get screwed by the fancy talk. Or the term “overdraft protection”. It is about as much protection as the FINE (for breaking the law making health insurance mandatory) Obamacare has for people who are too “rich” for Medicaid whose employers don’t give healthcare and for whom other bills are far too much to buy one of the exorbitant “low-cost” options is a tax.

steveurkel1018:

but poor people are the problem right? smh

I should let everyone know, since it seems to be a thing not many know, that it actually is possible to refuse overdraft “protection”, at least with Capital One, and to have it taken off, as I did with Teachers Federal Credit Union and New York Community Bank.

I should warn you, they will try to persuade you to stay on with statements like “what if you need it for your rent?” Refuse it. Adamantly. Drive the point home that “no, I want my card to decline when there is more in my purchase than my bank account”.

Don’t get screwed by the fancy talk. Or the term “overdraft protection”. It is about as much protection as the FINE (for breaking the law making health insurance mandatory) Obamacare has for people who are too “rich” for Medicaid whose employers don’t give healthcare and for whom other bills are far too much to buy one of the exorbitant “low-cost” options is a tax.

The NYPD storming into people’s homes before dawn on June 4th wearing body armor and carrying assault weapons, with battering rams to break down doors while helicopters hovered overhead were the actions of an occupying army and not of an institution that serves the public. Was putting guns in the faces of small children and grandparents and forcing a young women to lay on the floor half naked while male officers ransacked her room a display of the Courtesy and Respect New York City officials claim their cops give to the citizenry? By Dr. Cornel West (via azspot)

Sad what happens here

I just happened across a blog I kept senior year if high school. One entry and its comments in particular stood out. The entry was, to sum my 12th grade self’s wording up, “I hate my cross-country coach, she humiliated me in front of the whole team, I’m going to quit!” (I didn’t actually quit because, as my teenaged self rationalized, that’d be letting her win and I didn’t want her to win)

My friend asked what happened. My response (please pardon the unbecoming overuse of profanity frequently manifested in adolescence): she didnt let me come to the meet because i have no ride. and of course she called attention to it in front of the whole damn fucking team. Embarassed the CRAP out of me… what a fucking bitch. it’s not her fucking business if I have a ride or not i’m 18 i’m responsible for my own damn safety! My mom doesn’t care if I walk home and not my fault we don’t have a car

What I did not say because I hated talking about stuff like my high grades, my being in the 97th percentile for SAT and athletic achievements because I thought at 18 “bragging” via stating facts was lame (though necessary as adult) because I still tried to hide my being poor because I was ashamed of it and feared being bullied like how I was laughed at for being homeless in elementary school, was that my attending college absolutely depended on scholarships, academic or athletic. In addition to having my socioeconomic status outed against my will and having the team’s attention called to the fact that out of 1200 high schoolers I was one of maybe a dozen without a family car, I was enraged that she was refusing to let me compete even though I was fourth fastest after one all-American and two all-division runners, a school recordholder, a pointscorer who might improve more and was top 25 in the nation for my track event.

Yay classism! -.- At least I got the scholarships I aspired to DESPITE that bigoted coach. I am blessed to not have undergrad student debt, though I have grad school because full scholarships are near nonexistent.

Just something I wanted to share as an example of the sort of obstacles thrown at hard-working kids just because they’re poor

Reblogged from afreethinkerinhouston  24 notes
afreethinkerinhouston:

voicefromthepoor:

Or even a studio for those unfortunate enough to be in NYC or on Long Island

Apparently you’ve never been to Texas. Because I know several people who live in a 2 bedroom appt working minimum wage. They pay for collage too. $7.25x40x4= $1160. 2 bedroom apartments in Houston can go for $600 a month in decent neighborhoods. Check ya facts man.

You’re correct about my never being in Texas, I have never been sent there for track or academic reasons like the plethora of other states I’ve been sent to for those reasons

 However, even if that’s the case, what about food? Laundry? Work-related expenses like uniforms because most jobs don’t provide them free? Transportation to and from work- does Houston have public transit or are there car expenses like gas, repair, registration, inspections, etc to contend with?  Is it a common practice there to refuse employment because the applicant has no car, which happens plenty often in NY? Phone service? Internet (though to be fair that’s not a necessary expense IF libraries have it, or if cafes permit people to use the internet without buying anything) Utilities? The taxes taken out of the check? Toiletries? Cleaning supplies? Student debt, for college grads stuck in minimum wage jobs?And if, God forbid you get sick/hurt, copays for medical expenses? Or prescriptionsOr else, if uninsured like me and thus refusing to seek medical help unless death is a possibility, that fine for not having health insurance because not having it is now illegal, whatever pretty words those okay with that fine use to justify it?

afreethinkerinhouston:

voicefromthepoor:

Or even a studio for those unfortunate enough to be in NYC or on Long Island

Apparently you’ve never been to Texas. Because I know several people who live in a 2 bedroom appt working minimum wage. They pay for collage too. $7.25x40x4= $1160. 2 bedroom apartments in Houston can go for $600 a month in decent neighborhoods. Check ya facts man.

You’re correct about my never being in Texas, I have never been sent there for track or academic reasons like the plethora of other states I’ve been sent to for those reasons

However, even if that’s the case, what about food? Laundry? Work-related expenses like uniforms because most jobs don’t provide them free? Transportation to and from work- does Houston have public transit or are there car expenses like gas, repair, registration, inspections, etc to contend with? Is it a common practice there to refuse employment because the applicant has no car, which happens plenty often in NY? Phone service? Internet (though to be fair that’s not a necessary expense IF libraries have it, or if cafes permit people to use the internet without buying anything) Utilities? The taxes taken out of the check? Toiletries? Cleaning supplies? Student debt, for college grads stuck in minimum wage jobs?

And if, God forbid you get sick/hurt, copays for medical expenses? Or prescriptions

Or else, if uninsured like me and thus refusing to seek medical help unless death is a possibility, that fine for not having health insurance because not having it is now illegal, whatever pretty words those okay with that fine use to justify it?