Let’s get this out of the way first – I’ve never been “poor”.

Not by the standards of wondering where was my next meal going to appear, whether or not I would be with or without power or anything of the sort. To counter, I never grew up privileged and by the grace of God maybe, I grew up with both of my parents around, working with health challenges along the way. To say I never was poor is one thing – to say I may have “struggled” at times is a completely different matter at hand.

The idea of being “poor” in America has been skewered by both conservative media and mainstream to the point where the poverty line is apparently somewhere were you’re either living somewhat like the Huxtables or you’re not. By that, nearly entire sections of the country are living in “poor” means. There are certain sections of the country who live in perpetual warzones and the mentality there is akin to some third world countries where violence is as common as seeing the sun. Chicago for example is the biggest case study for “Third World America” having murder statistics propelled every weekend as if they deserved their own section in the news.

Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC corespondent and show host seemingly felt all of the anger inside of her release when the idea of “poor vs. rich” and the “risk” behind either touched her. She brought up the murder rate in New Orleans, how quickly poor students and families have to pick around and hope for their children to get a decent education. She’s absolutely right, there’s a bigger risk of being poor in America than being rich.

However, to write off her sentiments as just being another “angry black woman” is short sighted and naive. If Clint Eastwood can be ornery discussing the current state of the United States of America and be hailed as coming off the cuff and hilarious then Perry’s remarks need be taken seriously and just the same. There’s no point in being just “alright” with the current state of American communities, especially those in the inner cities and there’s no far greater thought process behind making sure those who use money to make money stay afloat (I’m looking at you Wall Street bankers) as opposed to ensuring a sweeping change inside of the more demonized portions of America.

Trenton New Jersey won’t change because there’s too small of a risk according to most. Same for New Orleans, Chicago’s “Chiraq” moniker or any other hotbed for violence and death in America. The more covered up bodies you find in more pristine areas, when the problems from one community seep into others is probably the moment where the “risks” will finally blend together into being a single “risk”.

Until that happens, the rich will worry more about losing $10 in the eyes of many as opposed to the woman or man who will be losing food and home every single day.