This piece in the LA Times shows a slice of what life is like in 2015 in the USA when you don’t matter; when your parent makes one mistake and you and your prospects drop out of the middle class through a trap door and free fall into hopelessness.
The kid has a pet roach he pretends is a turtle. If it weren’t real you’d think it was the Onion. But it’s real alright, a world in which somebody else’s bad choices consign a child to playing in a parking lot and all forms of insecurity, fear and depression. The wealthy 1% in this country, who would vote Republican, can’t imagine this world exists. That might be their most dangerous delusion.