Growing up, my parents were very intent on educating us early about the cycle of poverty - how beginning life in poverty was already extremely disadvantageous because it often lead to lack of proper education, lack of access to healthcare, therefore lack of opportunity for higher education. Without higher education, one is not ordinarily allowed into a higher-paying job and therefore the cycle repeats for their children. I was immediately struck by this and recognized from a young age how lucky I was to be born into privilege. The thing my parents left out was how much deeper that cycle is for people of color. Not only might a Black family be stuck in the cycle of poverty but the system itself - redlining, incarceration, job discrimination - is literally created to keep them there, whereas most of those programs and systems were erected to help *white* people out of the cycle. I can't believe I am just now figuring this out.