You know, it sort of really pisses me off when I hear politicians say “In this country, if you work hard and dream big you can be anything you want to be!”
I’ve always had a problem with that statement because I don’t think that’s true at all. There is a cycle of poverty that is near impossible to break, no matter how hard you work. Yes, there are success stories. But that’s why you can name a few right off the top of your head, because they are such rare occurrences. So forgive me if I don’t believe in that antiquated mantra. It’s an incredibly naive and privileged way of looking at how shit actually works in our country.
But now it really boils my blood to hear politicians say that because that antiquated mantra doesn’t really apply to anyone anymore, not just people living in poverty. I’m a walking example of someone who a.) attended great schools my entire life, b.) had any and every opportunity to succeed presented to me. I knew that working hard in high school would lead to great options for college which would lead to a successful career.
Well, I’ve worked my ass off in school for years (hard work: check) and I’ve dreamed of the day that I will be able walk in to my own classroom as a certified teacher (big dreams: check). But you can only do so much if there are no fucking jobs available when you graduate.
So, please Mr. Politician on my TV, spare me the bullshit. How about we stop cutting funding for education? Let’s give a damn about the kind of schools we send our kids (EVERY kid) to everyday. Let’s provide a great education to every child in this country so that they have the tools to create a better life for themselves. Let’s create some jobs so that the people who do work their asses off their whole lives have somewhere to actually work.
I’m not asking for equal results for everyone, just equal opportunity for everyone to succeed. And right now that is not the case in this country, no matter how hard you work or how big you dream.