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Banning students from wearing $1,000 coats won't prevent 'poverty shaming'

Nov 20, 2018 - Washington Post Blogs

I remember it like it was yesterday.

My grandmother Big Mama couldn't afford some popular sneakers for the five grandchildren she had rescued from being placed in foster care. Jack Purcell canvas athletic shoes were the Air Jordans of their day.

All Big Mama could afford was knockoff shoes that sold for $1.99 a pair.

Despite our pleas to my grandmother to stretch the budget and buy us the brand-name sneakers, she wouldn't.

So we got teased - relentlessly.

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