Let’s Bury the Myth of the Welfare Queen Once and For All

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by Yvette Carnell

One of the most insidious aspects of racist American political culture is how it uses stereotypes to turn the majority white culture against African-Americans. Prime example: Former Pres. Ronald Reagan crafted the caricature of a welfare queen living on Chicago’s South Side solely to store in the collective mind of white America that African-Americans are parasites:

“She has eighty names, thirty addresses, twelve Social Security cards and is collecting veteran’s benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. And she is collecting Social Security on her cards”, sneered Reagan. “She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000.”

Ronald Reagan made those comments in 1976 during a presidential campaign, even though the idea of the black welfare queen has outlived the man who created that racist and repulsive representation. But the problem isn’t just that Reagan was playing to a bias within the electorate to win votes. The problem is that he was wrong. He told a lie in order to win an election. Not that there wasn’t a real fraudster  bilking the government in Chi-town, but painting all welfare recipients with this broad brush was blatantly untrue. Need proof?

From The Atlantic:

This month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics compared yearly spending between families that use public assistance programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid, and families that don’t. And surprise, surprise, households that rely on the safety net lead some pretty frugal lifestyles. On average, they spend $30,582 in a year, compared to $66,525 for families not on public assistance. Meanwhile, they spend a third less on food, half as much on housing, and 60 percent less on entertainment.

No one is getting rich or living a lavish lifestyle off the pittance they receive in food or income subsidies. It seems that now is as good a time as any to stop beating up on poor people in order to achieve political gain.

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MichaelLofton
MichaelLofton

http://cbc.fudge.house.gov/members/ 

Voting Blacks in New York, Atlanta, etc., should do what it takes to remove Congresswoman Yvette Clark, Congressman John Lewis,  other members of the CBC and/or any other illegal alien/anchor baby bootlicking Black elected leaders from political office and replace this scum with individuals from our own community who respect the Oath of Office, the Constitution, and who competently serve the Black community, specifically U.S. born descendants of slavery.

"Playing a racial blame game in which immigrants are singled out as the cause of minority unemployment may be politically expedient, but it doesn't hold water when it comes to evidence.  The fact is that minorities living in high-immigration cities tend to have lower unemployment and higher wages than minorities in low-immigration cities. Immigrants create jobs, they don't steal them."- by Walter Ewing

Illegal aliens or other immigrants create jobs to benefit his or her own ethnicity and not to provide employment for or to improve the quality of life for U.S. born Blacks.

http://patdollard.com/2013/07/black-caucus-betrays-blacks-backs-immigration-bill-despite-hit-to-employment/

http://www.vdare.com/print/15534

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdTihf2_GGM

YouTube: “Exodus: Inner-City Blacks Abandoning Obama & Democrat's Liberal Agenda" uploaded by Rebel Pundit, Oct 29, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLGTw_1PpaU

YouTube:  "Diane Watson - Race Baiting Political Whore" TheWatchdog, Jun 6, 2006  

Sarengeti
Sarengeti

A man is snared by his own words. And that's exactly what has happened. I don't clearly understand why it such issues, when it comes to African Americans Education,family, community, and schools. It is totally repulsive and insidious, to make believe that African Ametican is the BIG problem here. I would like to add. If it wasn't for the African American people, neither of the politics would have a job you think.

greeneink
greeneink

Yeah ... I think everyone knew it was a lie when he said it. But they also leave out the most important part of all. 


They're the ones who create welfare. 


Corporations like McDonalds and WalMart that pay employees less than $15 an hour and don't provide benefits have plenty of EMPLOYEES on public assistance, as well ... AND they get a tax write-off for hiring the low-income people they helped to create. 


Every time one of these Big Money Honey corporations have an employee who has to apply for public assistance to make ends meet, the state and federal governments need to hit 'em with the bill.

Sarengeti
Sarengeti

For the love of money, and political gain. (Shame).

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