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“Relic”

by Robert Olen Butler

Something comes into your head as I speak: this is a hard man, a man of no caring, how can he speak of the “spineless poor.”I do not mean to say that these people are poor because they are cowards. I am saying that being poor can take away a man’s courage. For those who are poor, being beaten down, robbed of rights, repressed under the worst possible form of tyranny is not enough worse than just being poor. Why should they risk the pain and the maiming and the death for so little benefit? If I was a poor man, I too would be spineless.

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