Bondsmen, jail, and even guarantees of shelter, food, and safety that is provided by jail are part and parcel of daily life for many people living in poverty.
As the author puts it, “The line between legal and illegal is thin and never crossed.” He adds that people will do anything, be anything, sell anything, to get people they love out of jail. This is because relationships have greater importance than money in poverty that is generational.
In one scenario, a woman in generational poverty gets some extra cash, and is immediately asked by 3 different people for the cash that they have to get out of a bind, and buy groceries. Another hidden rule in this chapter is that extra cash is either spent immediately or shared amongst the people in that scene. In case it is not shared, the next time one is in need, she will not get help from others. This leads to the hidden rule of the system of support. In poverty, many can only rely on each other.
Another important or significant rule is that forgiveness and penance is usually in the jurisdiction of the mother. “The mother is the most powerful figure in generational poverty “this is because she controls the resources that are limited and dispenses forgiveness and penance. The typical pattern in the poverty circle for discipline is to chastise the child verbally, beat it, then forgive and feed it. The rules that are hidden about food are that in poverty, food is equated with love.
Adult and student resources must be analyzed before one dispenses advice or seeks solution to a situation in question. What may appear to be a workable suggestion from a point of view of the middle class may virtually stand out as being impossible considering the resources put available to those in poverty. Most or all educators have opportunities that are tremendous that make such an influence that makes some differences in the lives of students. Finally from the chapter, one can realize or come to a ...Show more