At Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas, a recent Bridges Out Of Poverty workshop outlined the hidden rules and differences between lower, middle, and upper classes. The attendees broke into groups to discuss the question of “What is poverty?” Then, many explanations and assumptions brought up in this activity were debunked by facts about income inequality and its effects on culture. The material and psychological situation of those living in poverty births modes of thought foreign to middle or upper class people. “They’re [people in poverty] faced with ‘Do I take care of my sick kid or go to work?” said Anita Cooper, a social worker and one of the workshop’s preventers.

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