Growing Up Poor Made Me A Better Person Essay

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How Growing up Poor Made Me a Better Person
I really hate it when someone is looked down upon because they are poor and in a lower economic class than someone else. If you look up economic class it is defined by Wikipedia in the following way: the term "social class" is usually synonymous with "socio-economic class," defined as "people having the same social, economic, or educational status," e.g., "the working class"; "an emerging professional class." Or the lower, middle and upper class. We were part of what is considered the lower class. Growing up I was told by my mother “we were poor white trash,” she belived we had no value to anyone. so as I got older I thought of myself that way, like something not wanted and disposable by people with
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She would read to us and make us take a bath every night telling us cleanliness was next to Godliness. I think my mother was ashamed of who she was and where she came from. She thought of herself as a second class citizen because we were poor. I think she always tried to make herself out to be more than what she really was. She would tell people she was a nurse. But she never worked as one while I was growing up so I doubted her claim. No matter how hard my mother tried, she could not erase our poverty.
I always thought of everyone else as having more than we did, more money, more clothes, and especially more food. I vowed to myself when I grow up and have kids I would never let my kids live like that. There are two classes of people: the people that have money and the people that don’t have money; we would be the people that had money and I would do everything I could to make that happen. This was hard for me to accomplish, my father always wanted me to go to work with him, and this made it difficult to go to school and get an education, which made it difficult to change my economic
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I learned that people in the lower economic class have more in common with each other, no matter what ethnic race they are from, than they have in common with people in the very upper economic class. Everyone in the lower economic class struggle with having enough money to eat, like I did or having a place to live or getting medical attention when they need it. having the essentials of life is not even a concern for the upper class. The lower economic class might as well be from another world as far as people from the upper class are concerned. Not all people from the upper economic class are thoughtless of the poor. There are some that care about the way the lower economic classes live and are treated. they work to change that with jobs programs, tax cuts and free higher education. I am not part of the very upper economic class but I am not poor any longer either. I’ll never forget how I grew up or the way it caused me to see the world. I hope that by trying to raise my own kids to see people as worthy respect no matter what situation they live in, will make more of a difference in changing the way things are. I teach them by example I make an informed choice when I vote on all issues especially economic issues so that everyone can benefit from any tax cuts or legislation that is passed. I still see myself as that little boy that never

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