The Myth of the Welfare Queen

I often find myself standing up for the “Welfare Queen”, a woman characterized by 8 children, lack of a job, and the manipulation to receive welfare payments. Republican model, Ronald Reagan, introduced the term Welfare Queen on a national level in 1976. In his presidential campaign, he described an unnamed woman from the South Side of Chicago:

 

“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. 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.”

Is College the Solution or the Problem? Power, Privilege & The Academy

“Why do we continue to invest our time, money, and intellectual works in the college and university system of the United States?” This is something I ask myself regularly. Is there any other way? What role do these institutions play in producing the inequalities we face as Black people in our country? Do we fully understand the impact that they have on our community’s most vulnerable populations? I think to sum up my thoughts

Apparently Ron Paul Deserves Our Votes…

You should be voting for Ron Paul. Yes, that Ron Paul.

At least that’s what this article would have you believe. According to the author, Ron Paul has it right. He is a threat to the establishment with his revolutionary ideas about the war on drugs, so we’d do well not to be distracted by newsletters that were not authored by the man. Instead focus on his opinions on FEMA and the federal government extending aid to American citizens.

VIDEO: Police Officer Punches Special Needs Woman in the Face!

Another day, another shocking case of police brutality.

In Bellflower, California, a special needs woman boarded a city bus with a stroller filled with some pillows. After a stop or two, two police officers boarded and demanded that she exit the bus.

When she refused, the male officer reared back and punched her in the face.

The entire incident was caught on tape.

How can this kind of force ever be justified on an unarmed, special needs woman?

Shit Natural Hair Girls Say; and the never-ending meme…

And so it goes.

Can you recall a meme more relentless than this “Shit __Girls/Guys Say” craze?

I figured the well had run dry when (seemingly overnight) someone had actually taken the time to film “Shit Broke People Say,” “Shit Rancid Gay Guys Say” and “Shit Straight Guys Say To Gay Guys.”

I thought we’d covered everything.

Wrong. Introducing…Shit Natural Hair Girls Say.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6eGE2rDKu0

Yep, that’s right. This shit ain’t goin’ nowhere.

Getting Past Youth Terrorism

So I’m sick and tired of conversations about the state of Black youth ending with the same played-out solutions—restoring strong family values. Now don’t get me wrong, of course family is important, but we are mistaken if we think that broken homes are the main factors fueling gang violence. If we should blame anything it should be the freedom of humyn kind. That’s right, all moral impositions—respect, honest work, luck—remain fluid and vulnerable to one’s departure. It’s the social situation that determines the logic and integrity of any value.