A glitch in the EBT system created food benefit cards with no limits in 17 states.
Some people took advantage of this and went to Wal-mart and bought a bunch of stuff. Stinkeye dejour to these sorry motherfuckers. It shouldn’t have to be but, sorry racist bastards that want to get rid of assistance programs will use this to further negatively stereotype people getting this much needed help. Stinkeye to them too. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world if those with the bad behavior would not be the example stereotype for minorities. I won’t hold my breath for sanity or logic from racists. I’d die and that would probably make them happy. DAMMIT ALL!
On racism and privilege: We’re all treated based on looks. That is not merely assumption it is a fact of life. Not even just race, fat, skinny, those perceived to fit the standard of beauty and those that don’t. The closer a person fits to the ideal—white, not overweight—The more of certain privileges they get.
We all need to take a look at our privileges no matter how small. That can be difficult for those that have so little they cannot see those things. I’ll use myself as an example:Though I may have a great grandfather that is a native, I have no idea of their struggle and have no rights to co-opt it.
I’m descended from stolen Africans and have no clue of the struggle of those living there now. Do I have my own very real and very American struggles—absolutely and those are not diminished by acknowledging the different difficulties of others in this biased racial and social economic hierarchy.
I even came to see it in former employment. I and 2 other coworkers compared our pay—The white girl with the least experience got paid the most, my pay was second highest over the co-worker that was the darkest skinned black women with similar experience to me.
I got the unearned privilege of higher pay based not on my skills or negotiation—we all took what was offered to us—but based on being lighter skinned and better fitting a social standard. That is wrong and only makes me a bad person if I act as if this doesn’t happen in many ways everywhere.
Oh and straight up stinkeye to people who come into a conversation about race with a damn chip on their shoulder because they are a “mixed” person that is light enough to be perceived and receive the privileges of being white. It is not necessary to say you should not be responsible for atrocities your ancestors committed. Just acknowledge you receive benefits of it and denounce it. Just as people of color receive the negative of their predecessors being on the losing end of that, what’s the damn problem with us saying we shouldn’t have to continue to recoup the negative from our ancestors? Don’t want the blame for them? Don’t accept the advantages from it like you earned it then.
It seriously depresses me as a woman when I hear conservative talking points. The number 1 point on the agenda is “The Family”. I have no problem with encouraging happy families. The problem comes in with what they would like to do about it and limiting the options of people that do not want what fits into their traditional family mold. That and it seems to always have to do with punishing women that don’t do what they want. Their solution to the number of out of wedlock births is to make it harder for women who already have children. Otherwise they would be for making contraception affordable. They would rather have women and children suffering in poverty to scare other women into towing the line. They never want to scare men though. An equally horrible position would be to force men to live in poverty or marry the mother of their children. No support for that. Even though child support enforcement lowers out of wedlock birth rates. Nope, have to punish those evil sluts or risk civilization.