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The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Why you shouldn’t let what you look like hold you back in life

I was never raised to be a victim by either of my parents. They wanted to see us do better. Going backward wasn’t an option. Their parents did what they could with what they had to give their children a better shot at life, and they did the same for me.

This ethos of generational building and sacrifice has somehow been lost on us. Many people genuinely don’t understand how fortunate they are to have this foundation built for them.

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We care about solutions to problems. We care about winning regardless of the cards life deals us. Ultimately, we just came to the rational, logical and obvious conclusion that virtue signaling does absolutely nothing to help us.

We feel bad for the people who feel stuck in this loop of learned helplessness and we are trying to share the truth. Whether or not they accept it is on them. It’s on you.

Eventually, I had earned enough income and credibility to get a mortgage, and I bought a tiny, modest house for me and my kids in a quiet town near my mum. It was the first home of my life I could truly call my own, paid for by long hours and hard work. Paid for by my own sweat and tears, at the tender age of 37.

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

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