Think about that. Think about how profoundly shameful it is that there even ever had to be a ‘civil rights movement’. There aren’t two ways to look at that. It may make you sad or disgusted or furious, but there is no question on which side justice resides. Dr. King accomplished much individually, but it is fitting to think not only of him, but also of the millions of others, and of the movement which still goes on.
That’s not about personal choice for too a large part of society. Most people don’t choose to not invest in themselves, they just have no options except doing work for money in first place. This makes the whole story limited to a very narrow circle of those privileged who have that choice. Stories like this one are dangerous because they lure readers into thinking that it’s common to have choice, and if one chose money instead of self development then it’s his fault that he made a bad decision.