The Jan. 19 Bee article, “Income gap widens for whites, blacks” should have been titled “Lessons in excuse-making.” If we stay focused on making every issue a race issue, racial animus will only worsen.
Not once in the article did it mention personal decision-making. I chose to complete a four-year degree, get married, have three children with only my wife and continue to save money for retirement. My 3-year-old shoes cost $60; my watch cost $30 and my pickup is 14 years old. Until recently, my cellphone was the flip variety, and last November, we finally got rid of our analog televisions.
What I chose not to do is buy $200 Jordans, $300 Beats, $2,000 wheels or $2,500 80-inch televisions if I’m struggling to grow my wealth and pay my bills.
I also choose not to borrow my home equity to “pay debt and generate income.” As a parent, I chose to read to my kids and didn’t blame their schools for any failures.
Your decisions have consequences that affect you and those around you. Your life is your responsibility, not the government’s. Any wealth gap comes down to personal responsibility.
E. Lee Galik