HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Poverty Is Largely ‘A State Of Mind’

In an interview Wednesday Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said, “I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” the retired neurosurgeon said during an interview released on Wednesday. “You take somebody that has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street, and I guarantee in a little while they’ll be right back up there. And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you could give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.”

His comments sparked criticism but some supporters actually agreed with Carson.

Carson went on to say, “A lot of it has to do with what we teach children. You have to instill into that child the mindset of a winner.”

NY Rep. Nita Lowey, a New York Democrat, tweeted Wednesday:

A recent MIT study says that poverty is systemic. What do you think about Carson’s comments?


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