Summary of “Why do we think poor people are poor because of their own bad choices?”

Here’s what has gone wrong: hard work and a good education used to be a sure bet for upward mobility in the US – at least among some groups of people.
JD Vance writes of seething with resentment as he worked as a teen cashier, watching people commit fraud with food stamps and talking on cellphones that he could only “Dream about” being able to afford.
When we watch others, we tend to see them as being driven by intrinsic personality traits, while in our own case we know that, for example, we acted angrily because we’d just been fired, not because we’re naturally angry people.
In other words, other poor people are poor because they make bad choices – but if I’m poor, it’s because of an unfair system.
As a result of this phenomenon, Pimpare says, poor people tend to be hardest on each other.
Biases about the nature of inequality, of course, don’t only affect poor people.
Cecilia Mo’s experience of the effects of inequality on education came during a stretch with Teach For America, a selective program that allows top university students to spend two years teaching in poor communities.
The more you engage with with people unlike you and learn about their lives and stories, the harder it is to see them as stereotypes or to dismiss their challenges as trivial.

The orginal article.