There’s not a single good argument for cutting food stamps. The vast majority of recipients are children, elderly, disabled, or working poor. Food stamps are not only a moral necessity, they’re good for the economy: they’re #1 on the list of what economists call “automatic stabilizers,” so more than every cent the government puts into them comes back in stimulus.
No, what’s really underpinning this “debate” being pushed by conservatives is a huge lie: that black people are taking all your money. Which is ridiculous, because if they were, they wouldn’t be disproportionately poor and hungry. And also, of course, a lot more of the 16.6 million households on food stamps are white (48%) than black (26%) or Hispanic (21%).
Yeah, I’m basically going to reblog this until people stop lying about SNAP in order to support their racist, classiest bullshit. Go look at the DHHS site.
I still blame Reagan for starting that one. Ah how successful the Southern Strategy turned out to be, people are still buying the myth of the Welfare Queen (tm) this many years down the pike.
If you think racism and racial profiling is not an issue in this country, you really need to watch this video.
It Turns Out
… that identifying a person as a threat based on his appearance, following that person, confronting him, and then shooting and killing him is not a crime in Florida.
This is apparently the definition of standing one’s ground.
I’d hate to meet the people who think this kind of law makes any kind of sense.
Ridiculous and heartbreaking.
I’m like ‘the Tea Party is racist’ and my friend is like ‘Kamau, you can’t call the Tea Party racist. They’re not all racist.’ And I was like, you know what, I don’t need the Tea Party to be 100% racist for me to feel perfectly fine calling them racist. I don’t need 100% racism in the group. It could be way less than 100%. 10% is plenty for me. If the Tea Party is 10% racist I feel comfortable labeling the whole group racist.
Let me explain how that works. If I offer you a shake, a milkshake. I say ‘would you like a milkshake?’ You go “yeah, sure I’d like a milkshake.” I go, ‘okay, here you go, but just so you know it’s 10% shit.’
Oh, now you suddenly you understand how it works. 10% is kinda a lot ain’t it. You go ‘uh oh, that’s too much shit in my shake.
Korean American Hyun Jin Lee walks into a CVS in New Jersey to pick up photos she had printed only to discover her name got registered as “Ching Chong Lee”. Now she’s suing for $1M.
for every lawsuit there are probably dozens or more that go unnoticed or unreported.
she needs to sue for more