1. Single moms are the problem. Only 9 percent of low-income, urban moms have been single throughout their child’s first five years. Thirty-five percent were married to, or in a relationship with, the child’s father for that entire time.
2. Absent dads are the problem. Sixty percent of low-income dads see at least one of their children daily. Another 16 percent see their children weekly.
3. Black dads are the problem. Among men who don’t live with their children, black fathers are more likely than white or Hispanic dads to have a daily presence in their kids’ lives.
4. Poor people are lazy. In 2004, there was at least one adult with a job in 60 percent of families on food stamps that had both kids and a nondisabled, working-age adult.
5. If you’re not officially poor, you’re doing okay. The federal poverty line for a family of two parents and two children in 2012 was $23,283. Basic needs cost at least twice that in 615 of America’s cities and regions.
6. Go to college, get out of poverty. In 2012, about 1.1 million people who made less than $25,000 a year, worked full time, and were heads of household had a bachelor’s degree.
7. We’re winning the war on poverty. The number of households with children living on less than $2 a day per person has grown 160 percent since 1996, to 1.65 million families in 2011.
8. The days of old ladies eating cat food are over. The share of elderly single women living in extreme poverty jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012.
9. The homeless are drunk street people. One in 45 kids in the United States experiences homelessness each year. In New York City alone, 22,000 children are homeless.
10. Handouts are bankrupting us. In 2012, total welfare funding was 0.47 percent of the federal budget.
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I have been poor. I have lived in serious poverty.
I worked as hard then as I do now, and I work very hard indeed, as did almost everyone else I knew who was poor, regardless of background, ethnicity, or marriage status.
We all know these things the wealthy and entitled say are lies…why do we allow that to continue to be the narrative?
In an imperialist white-supremacist capitalist patriarchy there is white and there is other (with all the hierarchies and oppression that come with each brand of other). What are you? Where are you from? Irrelevant questions asked to solicit your cooperation in the proper allocation of oppression, so well programmed that likely the asker may not conciously realize their import. That decision is not made on your genealogy, upbringing, or self identification. That decision will be made for you, and reinforced by strangers and loved ones of all hues and political affiliations. Allies and oppressors alike. Accept your place and the privileges, and lack thereof that come with it… or fight. Fight… Fight not, I ask, that you not be thrown into one or another box and assigned your place and power as such. Fight rather against the oppression of all who are afflicted by this system. Fight for the memories and strengths of all your ancestors and traditions. Fight not to create new hierarchies, but rather for new coalitions and an end to all borders geopolitical, internalized, and systemic.
Tomoe Gozen, 1157-1247
onna-bugeisha (female samurai)