Don't Blame the Rich

"It's not the fault of rich people that poor people are poor." I heard this statement in a class at Yale today and I've been mulling it over.

Is it the fault of rich people that others are poor?  Perhaps not directly.  But what I think the speaker of the statement was missing is an appreciation that rich people don't get rich in a vacuum.

Further, poor people are usually born into poverty.  And as this study concludes, poverty is tough to escape.

In both cases, I think there are factors both within one's control and those not within one's control.

What do you make of that statement?