You can’t demand that poor folks get a job to receive government assistance and then get angry because they have their hair styled and wear decent clothes. Appearance matters in most work environments …. In 2014, is a cell phone really an extravagance? Or is it a lifeline to safety and employability? This question is especially salient when one considers that many Detroiters have ditched home phones altogether in favor of cell phones. Would these critics feel better if poor people were incommunicado?
— Kim Trent on judging poor people who have their water turned off