We may have heard these generalizations about the poor, or held them ourselves. (Or, still hold them.)
— They are lazy and uneducated. — They chose to be poor. They could pick themselves up by their bootstraps and get out of it if they really wanted. — The poor are the government’s responsibility. — It’s their own fault they are poor.
This is a moving book about the injustices done to the Osage tribe in Oklahoma in the 1920s. It is a fascinating story about the rise of the FBI and how they used the investigation of one part of this atrocity to further the image of J Edgar Hoover, but it is beyond that particular story. It is about a reporter doing research to realize hundreds of Osage people were murdered in one way or another in this time period because of oil and greed.
It’s a heartbreaking story that needs a wide read.