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Diana George's essay is about misrepresentation of poverty i

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Transcript of Diana George's essay is about misrepresentation of poverty i

Diana George, "Changing the Face of Poverty"
George is trying to convey that in order for people to be able to understand poverty, we need more realistic images that people can relate to.

"Yet we must see them before we can care about them. And we must care about them before we are moved to end the intolerable conditions that mark their lives. That motive-to show the reality of hard lives in order to move others to act or, at least, react- is old one."

As well as these images are moving, representing third-world poverty is not representing all the poverty. There needs to be a balance of both kinds of poverty. A lot of people don't realize they are considered impoverished so they don't seek help.
What is the Effect?
George focused on the concept of the "deserving" and "undeserving" poor. This gives you the effect of who really is misrepresented in poverty. Those who aren't seen in poverty and those who are since to be criminals in poverty. Society looks at the deserving ones being the impoverished in the third-world countries. The other half of the impoverished are looked as criminals or drug addicts. How can we just assume and stereotype a group of people who we don't even know. "Federal studies that indicate that only about 5 percent of welfare recipients are serious drug and alcohol abusers." Despite the fact that Michigan's legislature did a study that resulted in only 5% of impoverished people are drug or alcohol abusers, sadly enough this stereotype will always stick with society. Is there really deserving and undeserving or doesn't poverty affect everyone the same?
George's Limits
Although George thinks of representative solutions for poverty in order to actually solve the problems we need to figure out the situation structurally. George can't tell us the structural issues because it's beyond her scoop of knowledge. The issue is that the structural problems aren't seen because of societies stereotypically views. We need to further investigate about how to fix the structural problems at it's roots.
George's Overall Project
Poverty is everywhere and the only way to fix it is to stop it at its roots. That's the hard part though, figuring out where poverty starts. Until one can determine where poverty starts, can we determine its solutions. Diana George is trying to start at the beginning to help aware people of the representative perspectives of poverty. Misrepresentation and stereotypical views the society gives poverty is interfering with the structural solutions that need to be seen. George's project was to have society question and look at poverty in a different perspective in order to lead to investigating further in the misrepresentations of poverty.
Diana George's essay, "Changing the Face of Poverty" is about misrepresentation of poverty in our society. This misrepresentation makes it hard for people to recognize how big of an issue poverty truly is in the United States. There is poverty all around us but it's hard for people to relate when they just picture poverty as a third world problem. George states, "You don't have to leave your own country to find third-world poverty." George talks about the different levels of poverty which effect the majority of the population. Poverty is as simple as not being able to pay one's daily bills. George questions the concept of the deserving or undeserving poor. Are there truly undeserving people? George talks about how the nonprofit organization like, Habitat for Humanity, doesn't represent all the kinds of poverty. The images these organizations display only represent third-world countries. Americans could relate better to images that weren't as drastic to help them see the different types of poverty. In order for society to believe poverty, it needs to be represented in a different way.
Diana George's Main Idea
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