Why Do So Many Hate The Poor?

I use to be middle class. Now I am poor. Simply because I was shot by my estranged husband.  I do not ask for free handouts from anyone. I pay my bills and simply go without if I do not have the money. When I do get something, I save up for it. I can’t go buy something out on a whim.

Vacations – are out of the question. Unless It is planned ahead. Such as getting free hotel rooms in exchange for a honest review. Or I stay with friends.

Same goes for attractions. I tend to be a member of several websites where I get free tickets to attractions. In exchange for an honest review of my experience.

I do get a monthly check for being disabled. I do not get food stamps or free medical care. If the money in is not in the budget for food. I simply go to the local food banks. As for medical care, I go without. Unless it is life threatening.

I don’t understand why so many people are hating on the poor. I suspect it has much to do with social media and news outlets. As far as I know, nobody wants to be poor. Not anyone I have ever met.

Just like everything else in life, you have those who abuse the system. What you don’t think middle class ever abused the system trying to get rich? Or the rich abuse the system in some way as well? If so, you are sadly mistaken.

You should never look down on someone because they have less than you. Instead of hating, you should open your heart and have compassion for those who are not like you, those that are struggling to make end meets, and for those who may need a helping hand no matter where they are in life. .

Why do so many hate the poor?


  1. Marie Edgerly

    I totally agree with you. Nobody should look down others that are less fortunate then them. My husband and I are not consider middle class either. He works and brings in money, but times are still hard. There are times we have to worry about what we are gonna eat the next day or if our bills gonna get paid for that month. It just sickens me how some people treat the poor. Poor or not we all have the same feelings and deserve the respect. Let those people loose everything and have to struggle every month. I bet they would change there attitude real quick.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      I am pretty sure their attitude would change as well. As they really don’t understand how hard life is being poor. I pray even the haters never have to feel the way they treat others in a bad way.

  2. BrendaMarieFluhartyClapp

    I agree with you. I honestly think there isn’t much of a middle class anymore. Most people whom were once thought of as middle class are struggling day by day. We work hard just to keep a roof over our heads.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      The middle class is getting smaller and smaller. I think it is bad when people need to work two and three jobs to pay the bills.

    2. Sandy KS Post author

      yes, in my area. Most people work in a factory. Those that don’t tend to work two and three different jobs to make ends meet.

  3. Grecy Garcia

    I love the last part. I guess looking down at poor people differs from different country. Here in my country, some people hate poor people because they are lazy, they are not doing things that could help themselves. They are just depending on someone’s help and blaming the government for their situations. I am poor too but I am trying my best to escape this situation and save my family.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      I live in the USA where the poor gets looked down up way to often. Yes, some do abuse the system the majority I have met do not. People call them lazy when they are actually looking for work or too mentally unstable to hold down a job.

  4. Marie Edgerly

    So true! Even middle class are struggling. But of course some are two proud to admit that! Its not a question of poor or middle class honestly. It’s all about surviving in this tough economy. Yes, like you mentioned Sandy, some poor people are looked down and even don’t get the help they need. It so easy to scream “your to lazy” but in reality it’s hard to find jobs nowdays. But a lot don’t see it that way.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Good paying jobs are hard to find in my area. let’s not forget all the jobs that refuse to hire felons of any kind. Felons and lack of a high school are hit hard in my area. As nobody wants to higher either.

    2. Kyla Matton Osborne

      Even somebody with high school (or even some college) and a clean criminal record can have trouble getting hired. One issue today is that many companies only hire part-time employees. They will hire 2-3 part-time staff to fill one full-time slot. This way they can avoid paying benefits.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Yes, people do hate poverty. There are people in the US that hate the poor. They believe them to be lazy and refusing to work.

  5. Andria Perry

    Now if this was written because of my post then you did not understand me. I know MANY disabled people and they deserve what they get, I also know MANY rich people who gripe about paying bills.

    For Instance Tony`s heart doctor said he is middle class and he is barely making ends meet, since he has to pay $100,000 for his child to go to college, she cant get free schooling because if his income bracket.

    I did not say anything but $100,000 would probably last me a lifetime!

    Don`t for one minute think I was hating because I was not, I have been homeless and I know what its like to have nothing and have to start from scratch. @rusty2rusty

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Please rest assure this post had nothing to do with yours. I know your a generous lady with a good heart.

  6. Pat Z Anthony

    It is a funny question @rusty2rusty because many also hate those of us who are mixed race, those who are fat, those who speak with an accent, those not born in the same country they were, those who have good jobs, nice cars. . .the list goes on for days. The haters are going to hate and it seems they will not change.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      I think you may be right about not being able to stop the hate. It boggles my mind how wide spread it is. Instead of decreasing. It seems to be increasing with each generation.

  7. Kyla Matton Osborne

    There has always been prejudice against the poor in Western society. Part of it stems from certain Christian beliefs around socioeconomic class, that are similar to Eastern religious beliefs relating to the caste system. But I think the stronger reasons are fear. People who have something to lose fear it being taken away and will project greed onto anyone they perceive as poor. People also fear that if they spend time among the poor or help the poor in any way, they will themselves become poor. There are lots of irrational fears around “catching” things like poverty, that are not really contagious.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      Those fears are unfounded. I want to say silly but I don’t think anyone’s fears are silly if they are real to them. Being poor is not something anyone can catch. However, it can happen to anyone. Being around and helping out the poor gives people insight that poor people are not weak as they appear. Most are strong willed from what I noticed. People can learn a lot from poor people.

    2. Kyla Matton Osborne

      I have the same impulse to say “silly, ” too. I try to fight it because, as you say, all fears are real.

      I think what’s most frustrating when dealing with middle-class people who have never experienced poverty is the assumption that poor people are somehow stupid, uneducated, or even lazy. Most poor people are hard workers and very resourceful people.

      Many may not have had access to a formal university education (although some are university educated!) But most of the poor folks I’ve known in my lifetime have been eager to learn from any source. They tend to be really good at sharing resources, using free resources like public libraries and university extension offices, and using traditional knowledge that middle-class people may not be aware of.

      Since the advent of the internet, poor people also have a lot more opportunities to increase their knowledge without having to pay for classes. It’s really great for people who have disabilities that limit their mobility, and for those who live in isolated areas.

  8. Rex Trulove

    Sadly, people have always hated the poor or looked down at them from a position of arrogance and pride. The bible, and specifically Jesus, teaches against treating the poor badly. In fact, the often used scripture, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” actually isn’t meant as a statement to say that gaining wealth is evil, it is merely an admonishment that every one of us should do everything we can to help people who are less fortunate than we are. I also used to be middle class, sort of (or barely). I was making over $42 K a year and this was before the last 7 1/2 years sunk us into the deep hole we are in now.

    I am also poor, materially. Yet, I’m richer than some in this town and I will help them in whatever way I can. Normally, that has nothing to do with money…it isn’t always about money. I am deeply thankful every time someone helps me in some way. For instance, a person recently gave me four gallons of apricots off their tree. They didn’t have to and I didn’t ask for them, but they gave them to me. We not only had fresh fruit, I was able to can some apricot jam for this winter. To that person, it probably didn’t mean a great deal, giving away some apricots. To me, it was a wonderful act of kindness and compassion and I’ve prayed in their behalf, because of it.

    1. Sandy KS Post author

      That is what I do to. I give when I am able. Sometimes I think the poor is more charitable to each other. Compared to those who who have no idea what it is like to be poor.

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