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H. L. Van Brunt

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Poet Lloyd Van Brunt on Growing Up Poor and White

Brunt writes in the The New York Times magazine section, "To be poor in a country that places a premium on wealth is in itself shameful. To be white and poor is unforgiveable." He says poor whites have no defenders, and they are made to feel ashamed of themselves because of the assumption that they "should" be able to make a success of themselves. Brunt's father abandoned the family; his mother died when he was eight. Brunt spent years in foster homes and orphanages where he was abused. (Rebroadcast)

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Poet Lloyd Van Brunt Discusses Growing Up Poor and White.

Poet Lloyd Van Brunt. He grew up poor and white in Oklahoma. He writes, in the The New York Times magazine section, "To be poor in a country that places a premium on wealth is in itself shameful. To be white and poor is unforgivable." (March 27, 1994). Van Brunt says poor whites have no defenders ("white trash" they are called) and they are made to feel ashamed of themselves because of the assumption that they "should" be able to make a success of themselves. Van Brunt's father abandoned the family, his mother died when he was 8.

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