The story we tell about poverty isn’t true

“I am the exception because of luck and privilege, not hard work. And I’m not being modest or self-deprecating — I’m amazing. But most people work hard. Hard work is the common denominator in the equation. And I’m tired of the story we tell, that hard work leads to success, because that allows — because that story allows those of us who make it to believe we deserve it, and by implication, those who don’t make, don’t deserve it.”

The story we tell about poverty isn’t true.