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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Welfare: Blame It One The African-American Welfare Recipients!

The American conservative psyche and US welfare recipients: "Welfare is a set of programs that provide money to black people." (phrased by The Pardu). 

Unfortunately while generally unspoken, I believe the perceptions spans well beyond conservative America.

It is good from time to time visit the reality of "welfare." Conservatives continue to deploy finely honed remnants of the "Welfare Queen" Strategy, well after the Human Services Programs became a political core of Ronald Reagan and Lee Atwater's "Southern Strategy."

Two 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls delivered GOP mantra to their audiences as effectively as 'southern strategy' armed demagogue. 
“I will go to the NAACP convention and explain to the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps,” said Newt Gingrich at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.

The latest quote from Mr. Rick Santorum: “I don’t want to give Black people somebody else’s money, I want them to go out and earn their own money”.
A shared sentiment from one who believes an African-American (of course a lower species) gets welfare benefits better served via her eligibility. Can we assume the Coach handbag is a knock-off?

Let's follow our standard practice of seeking topic definitions for purpose of clarity.  

A definition of "welfare." 

The federal government includes Social Security in its global budget definition of "welfare" programs. For sake of this review, let's set Social Security aside. The two examples of vote garnering "Southern Strategy" malarkey and the imaged (very low moral) racist above relate more to the following definition.

Welfare encompasses those government programs that provide benefits and economic assistance to no or low income Americans. It can also be defined as financial assistance to impoverished Americans which is supplied through the taxes paid by the working class. One of the main goals of welfare US is to improve the quality of life and living standards for the poor and underprivileged. Welfare help is usually extended to people groups other than just the poor and underprivileged such as the elderly, the disabled, students, and unpaid workers, such as mothers and caregivers. 
Welfare programs available in the United States include: Medicaid, Food Stamps, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Head Start, Work Study, and Medicare.

Now we can better deal with the signage above and Rick Santorum's providing aid to black people.

In July of 2013 CBS affiliate in Charlotte North Carolina, ran a broadcast focused on Welfare Recipient Myths

Myths About Welfare Recipients
5. People who receive welfare are lazy and do not want to work.

Fact: The majority of people who are on welfare are able-bodied and want to work, however they can not find stable employment. Still, many work irregular, low-wage jobs in between receiving welfare. 
4. Welfare recipients “milk the system” and fraudulently obtain benefits.

Fact: “The Welfare Queen” was a term first used by President Reagan. Reagan talked about how a Chicago woman abused the system and had 80 different identities and was receiving around $150K in benefits each year. The image portrayed was that of a black woman. Here’s an interesting fact about “The Welfare Queen,” … there is no proof that she ever existed. It is believed that Reagan either falsified the entire story to gain support for his belief that welfare benefits should be reduced, or that there was some truth to the story, however Reagan drastically exaggerated the level of welfare abuse. 
3. Most woman on welfare continue to have babies so that they can maximize the amount of benefits that they receive.

Fact: The average family on welfare has 2.8 children. Furthermore, only one out of every 10 mothers on welfare has more than 3 children. 
2. A lot of welfare recipients are drug addicts and alcoholics and they stay poor as a result of their addictions.

Fact: Most often, poverty in itself is not caused by addiction, but rather an addiction is the result of falling into poverty. Furthermore, people of all socioeconomic backgrounds suffer from addictions. 
1. Most of the people on welfare are African-Americans.

Fact: Think again! The margin between Caucasians and African-Americans who are on welfare is extremely narrow — 38.8 percent of Caucasians, and 39.8 percent of African-Americans are on welfare. 
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

Quick Facts Census

Population, 2013 estimate                                           316,128,839

Black or African American alone, percent definition and source info White alone, percent, 2012 (a)77.9%
Black or African American alone, percent definition and source info Black or African American alone, percent, 2012 (a)13.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent definition and source info American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent, 2012 (a)1.2%
Asian alone, percent definition and source info Asian alone, percent, 2012 (a)5.1%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent definition and source info Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent, 2012 (a)0.2%
Two or More Races, percent definition and source info Two or More Races, percent, 20122.4%
Hispanic or Latino, percent definition and source info Hispanic or Latino, percent, 2012 (b)16.9%

(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

US Department of Commerce (Statistics Brain Dot Com)
Welfare Statistics
Total number of Americans on welfare12,800,000
Total number of Americans on food stamps46,700,000
Total number of Americans on unemployment insurance5,600,000
Percent of the US population on welfare4.1 %
Total government spending on welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment)$131.9 billion
Welfare Demographics
Percent of recipients who are white38.8 %
Percent of recipients who are black39.8 %
Percent of recipients who are Hispanic15.7 %
Percent of recipients who are Asian2.4 %
Percent of recipients who are Other3.3 %

12,800,000 Total Recipients

Population and Welfare Recipient % Table Header
White Americans246, 264,365 X 2.1%5,171,551 welfare recipients (38.9; 39% Rounded)
Black Americans  41,412, 877 X 12.4%5,135,196 welfare recipients (40%)

If we apply statistical manipulation, a case can be made the immoral woman depicted above could be the 5,171,55(2nd) white welfare recipient. On a corollary basis, we could also make the case one of the 5,171,551 white welfare recipients superseded her receipt of federal aid. In either case, the number of black Americans receiving welfare aid (in some form) is slightly higher than white recipients. A statistic that is not only telling, it is tragic.  

Since, aid in almost all (non-fraud) cases is for the poor, the 40% of Welfare recipients as African America speaks volumes about economic policy, hiring practices and long-standing and overwhelming oppression. Despite Paul Ryan's ...
"We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work," the Wisconsin Republican said on Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" radio show. "There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with."
Ryan's racism fit neatly into the very paradigm espoused by the far less eloquent and cogent racist imaged above and Ryan's party cohorts (Gingrich and Santorum).  Net-net  the message is the very same.  The message also fails to deal with deep rooted factors that contribute the disparity level of African-Americans receiving welfare benefits.

The signage racist above and the bigoted innuendo of the sly Paul Ryan does nothing to address the high number of people on welfare. 

The number of recipients is at an all-time-high. GOP economic policy is at the root of the high number of recipients. Neither the signage racist above, nor Paul Ryan and his party will effect any policy that will help to garner the woman and her desire to receive welfare benefits. 

Of course, I assume her signage truly addresses intent depicted her visuals. We shouldn't underestimate her mission may have evolved around exercise of her (freedom of speech) right to use the word, "NIGGER."

If you are interested a bit more on this topic, I offer a 2001 Time Magazine piece. The piece is old to say the least, but the author delivers her perspective in classic form. As you read the piece, recall Bush handed the nation a collapsed economy with an inherent need for welfare payments to people in the lower income strata, and the unemployed, and the elderly. While African-Americans collect slightly more welfare benefits than whites on a per capita basis, it is important keep one thing in mind. The lady in the image is looking to possibly sell something, but her motive is flawed and her signage could be a lot smaller.

"I will do anything for money."

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