So there’s this dude. He grad’s from college and decides he’s gonna get himself a book deal. How, you say?
By “abdicating” his middle-class status and “starting over” in Charleston, SC. He lived in a shelter for a time, got a job as a mover [day-laborer], and started working his way out of the (artificial) hole he’d put himself in.
He was gonna do it for a year, and see if he could save $2,500 and get an apartment. 10 months in, he had a truck, and apartment, and $5k. He had to quit, then, cuz of a family thing. But it was a success, anyway, all because of his attitude.
[needless to say, he’s white]
And here we go again. Some white guy fakes a hard lot in life, gets out of it ok, and says ‘See? I told you it could be done!’ I’m sure he’ll get lots of publicity, and I know tons of white people who will latch on to the message like the gospel truth [a few black people, too]. Yeah, all it takes is a good attitude, some hard work, and some self-discipline. Your only obstacle in life is yourself.