“I have experienced poverty. I’ve seen how it affects lives, families and education,” former Lincoln Public Schools student Aden Marshall said. “I think it is important to show the face of poverty.”
“Wealthy Impaired” acknowledges the dwindling middle class in America, the growing number of families struggling to make ends meet and how this impacts the emotional well-being of students in the classroom.
“I know what it is like to be in a family living paycheck to paycheck, not sure if the power will be shut off or if the rent is going to be late,” the UNL graduate said. “I want others to know they’re not alone. This is happening to millions of people. Probably people you know.”
Marshall grew up in poverty. He has seen the stereotypes and he has busted the stereotypes. This mentality manifests itself in his work. Though the piece invokes empathy, it plays in contrast to the other pieces in this series with its satirical tone and Marshall’s mater-of-fact performance style.
Poverty: Not a Choice is a special Nebraska Loves Public Schools video series featuring the stories and talent of Nebraska Youth in Poetry. Directed by Patsy Koch Johns, performed by Nebraska students and inspired by true stories of students facing poverty in Nebraska, each segment in this series explores the day-to-day realities faced by public school kids who are living in poverty across the state.