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Designer poverty: Come to the Twin Cities — we do it right!




By Don Allen

Guest Commentator


There is something to be said about organizations, politicians and community spokespersons who become ingrained in the process of using humans as a way to gain access for nonprofit funding and dismissing the notion of helping their cash crop to become stable and acquire some type of standardized normalcy. “Dependencies” within most Twin Cities social service agencies are set up deliberately; if someone finds what they are looking for, the “success” is ultimately bad for business. Author Ralph Ellison wrote, “All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried telling me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory” (Invisible Man). In the Twin Cities, if you are poor, homeless, angry, drunk, Black, Native American, Somali, or suffering from some form of diversity, you are the foundational backbone of a multibillion-dollar business that survives on misery and the opportunity to study you and your life circumstances, meeting to talk about the challenges while virtually solving nothing. Continue Reading →

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