Editor's note: LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com. A senior writer for ESPN and lecturer at Northwestern University, the former Hechinger Institute fellow has had his commentary recognized by the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Follow him on Twitter @locs_n_laughs.
I grew up a poor kid in Detroit.
Government cheese sandwiches, occasional nights without electricity, long-distance telephone calls reserved for emergencies only.
Yet despite our struggles, my family never lost hope that life would get better for us. We never lost faith in the American dream.