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Sat Dec 17, 2011, 08:37 PM

Kids canít fight poverty alone


Jenee Osterheldt wrote an op-ed in the KC Star in response to Gene Marks commentary in Forbes about what he would do "if he were a black kid".

Enjoy the comments that the people of our state felt the need to leave her. They make me want to shake my head.

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xmas74 Dec 2011 OP
iris27 Dec 2011 #1
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Response to xmas74 (Original post)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 02:11 AM

1. Yeah, I try to stay away from the comments on most local news sites.

Not enough Sanity Points in the world.

Who the heck is this guy, anyway? Just some random white, middle-aged writer for Forbes who took it upon himself to chide black kids?

This is a pretty funny response though - from CNN, of all places!

Dear Mr. Gene Marks,

I am a poor black kid. I don't have great parental or educational resources. I'm not as smart as your kids. These are facts. In 2011.

The one smart thing I do everyday is read Forbes. It's what all us poor black kids do. Forbes is constantly reporting on issues of relevance to me and my community. This week, I found your article "If I Were A Poor Black Kid" printed out and slid under my door like all Forbes articles.

Thank you Mr. Marks. You have changed everything about my life. Thanks to your article, I worked to make sure I got the best grades, made reading my number one priority and created better paths for myself. If only someone had suggested this earlier.

The rest: http://inamerica.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/14/letter-from-a-poor-black-kid-baratunde-thurston-responds-to-forbes-gene-marks/?hpt=us_c2

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Response to iris27 (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 18, 2011, 10:34 AM

2. That's a good one.

I'll sometimes read the comments left on local news. It's a bit like reading the police blogger in small town papers-I do it to see if I recognize any of the idiots mentioned by name.

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