Family | Parenting

The Funk of Poverty

My poverty is the most dangerous kind of poverty. It is religious. This is what I know, what my family and community know.


We pull rabbits from hats

Can I borrow some money, promise I will pay you back, and I need milk for the baby

sorry, don’t got no money either, go sign up for WIC

When I was growing up, my mother told me the government owes Black people money and because they will not give it to us, we have to take it.

My sister and I became masters at the games she played to get money. By the time I was a teenager, I fell into a relationship with a man who taught me how to bag weed and weigh it on the scale—a poverty bond that I thought was love. We were both products of a single-parent home. Both fatherless.

“Cut my food card back on! My baby has no more formula!”

Law & Order: SVU

I don’t want to do this anymore. I need more of the emotional shit, and I know you can’t do that