Fiscal conservative politicians including some Democrats like Bill Clinton have presided over a massive and systematic redistribution of wealth into the 1 percent since the 1980s. For African-Americans this means that we lost over half of our collective and meager net wealth, in just the last five years, due to predatory lending and the the machinations of big business. But it is easier to hate and regulate welfare recipients.
Since everyone knows that welfare queens finance their lives of luxury through the receipt of food stamps, which amounts on average to about $135 in groceries each month, cutting the food stamp program, a move that will take nearly 4 million people off the rolls in the next 10 years, is not merely a pragmatic measure or a “necessary evil,” but rather a deeply symbolic act that points to recalcitrant and entrenched racist attitudes on the right. It turns out, then, that African-Americans are not the only group of voters whose political behavior is motivated – at least, in part — by racial identity.
- ‘Afghanistan War Veteran Slams Republicans For Cutting Food Stamps In Epic Letter’ (thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com)
- Food Stamps Again a Vivid Symbol in Poverty Debate (dailyfinance.com)
- Jason Kirell: I’m a 35-Year-Old Veteran On Food Stamps (huffingtonpost.com)
- I’m a college graduate who had to go on food stamps | Andy Fitzgerald (theguardian.com)