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The Poor Can’t Afford Not to Wear Nice Clothes

Why do disadvantaged people spend money on status symbols? For the same reason we all do.

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Every time there is a national news story about a black shopper getting harassed in a store, there is a predictable backlash to the miscarriage of justice. We tend to move quickly from being outraged that it happened to critiquing why a…




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