Amazing pics which take a close personal look at the daily life of America’s Rural poor. Something about these pictures is very touching and at the same time revealing.
Missing one thing…. a ton of beer drinking. Most likely Busch Light or PBR.
This is very similar to my own childhood. Except for the donkey. There was never a donkey in my childhood memories.
A poor American is richer than the average population in my country.
They own cars, buses, guns, ammunition, microwave ovens, telephones, tools, bicycles, toys, saddled horses, livestock, sports clothes, furniture and mobile homes, and they smoke cigarettes… Where is the poor? These people look like they like it that way. They also live in a swelteringly humid climate in the woodlands there. It’s ridiculous how hot that gets. If they’re poor then I want to move to America. Americans don’t have to be poor with their system. Even Apple Computers grew out of a freaking garage. Americans.
Calopah, the photographs are depicting what’s considered poor in America. And what’s with the comment about the climate? The south is the poorest region in America so it’s not really suprising that’s where these people most likely live.
What’s with you bashing on Apple, Jobs created the business with his own two hands and helped revolutionize the computer industry, he deserves all the success he has.
Btw, they don’t actually own that bus, haha. Ever heard of a school bus? Public transportation? I mean Jesus man, you can’t be that ignorant right?
Calopah, you have no idea what you’re saying. If you are skeptical that these people are really poor, then come see for yourself. Better, yet, come try to get a job in northern Georgia, western North Carolina, Kentucky, etc. There aren’t any jobs. That is why they have horses, livestock, tools, and bicycles. They are survialists with survival skills that I doubt doubt you possess. They live like people poor people in Latin America live because these were the cards they were dealt. And computers? Poor people in Cuba have computers, too. But it doesn’t mean they are living like kings.
This is considered poor in America. The bus is owned by the government. The bicycles are in case the car breaks, so to of the donkey in case the bike breaks. The live stock for food. They should not smoke, but many poor do as they have become addicted. Most of what you see they own was probably thrown out on the side of the road, bought second hand or used, or salvaged from junk yards. Many times a car is owned, but does not have gas to run.
These people do not even live in a proper home, they are living in a tin can…the trailer. They are highly deadly in the wind storms that sweep through the south. The wind throws the trailers through the air.
My family is considered poor as well, but we do not smoke, have pets (like the cat and dog) inside, or a donkey for back up transportation. We were not always so, and so have a home we paid for, not a trailer. We also have much land to grow food on, and for that I am thankful. We have to survive, so yes I have a car, a bicycle, and a moped. Many times medicines are hard to get without these things. It is 30 miles to the pharmacy for my family. My husband rode a bicycle 75 miles a day just to go to and from work when our car died. 75 miles every day for 5 days a week…and he worked 8 hours a day on top of that daily. When he was injured, from lifting a heavy piece of equipment, his employer fired him.
He had to have 3 surgeries to be repaired, all because he wanted to support his family. He has not had work for 2 years. Not all poor choose to be so.
that’s the tragedy: no matter how many pictures are taken, no many how many stories they hear, people in thirth world countries stubbornly continue to believe everyone in the western world has like 5 cars and 10 televisions (or at least could have, if they’d put in the slightest bit of effort).
and so they continue migrating here, often ending up in way worse conditions then they were in their home-country. only able to support themselves by competing with the above people for jobs, and that competition ain’t about quality of work, it’s about who is most desperate for a grossly underpaid job.
I live in Spokane,Washington State,(on the west coast of US) America is a very rich country but the wealth is in the control of just a few people. The top 2% control the same wealth as the lower 50%, About 30% of the people have a college education,it’s very costly,and most have to borrow to afford it.I work in a bakery and yes,most everything I have is second hand including the computer I’m using.I have a 10 year old car, a small apartment I share with my adult disabled son.He gets a small disablity pention from the government. We also get Food Stamps( a debit card good only for food)This is the richest country in the world but the people for the most part are not,sure there are pockets of wealth and pockets of education,but most people stay in the same class they are born in.I’m just very lucky to be poor in a rich place I’ed rather be poor in America than poor in the third world!Make the best of what you’ve got , your level of happiness is up to you.Peace to all,Laura
this is just just. i can’t imagine this in the US.
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