My friend Brown Eyes LuLu posted the article, which led to an argument, which inspired this post.
My response to the article came out as a furious rant on my Facebook status. It went a lil somethin like this:
In case you’ve never been poor, and you think people who receive EBT, food stamps, state health care, and subsidized housing are the problem with this country, then you need to unfriend me and go about your merry way, because until you’ve lived in poverty, like a family of six on $12k a year — then you’re unfit to judge anyone on this matter.
Every time you post some shit about poor people with their iphones and their Coach bags and their tattoos, I think YOU’RE the problem.
When you lose your job, when you get divorced, when your house gets torn apart by mother nature, you don’t suddenly become a lesser person. You can’t live on your savings forever, and your tattoos don’t magically disappear from your body. You can’t sell a vehicle if you’re upside-down on the loan, you can’t sell a house if you’re upside-down in equity.
Where is your passion for justice when it comes to all the parents who don’t pay their child support? Did you know that child support is counted as income, and can prevent you from receiving aid EVEN IF IT’S UNPAID?!?
I have been a woman in a nice house, with a nice car, and nice things, WHILE RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS AND STATE PROVIDED HEALTHCARE. It was not good. It was not a lifestyle choice. Pride, which people so admire, kept my husband from claiming the unemployment he was entitled to. I’m sure you’re applauding him for that, but it was my humility in seeking welfare that kept my family ALIVE for those months.
So if you have a problem with people on aid, then you have a problem with us. If you judge people like them, you judge people like me. Stop judging all the people who need it for months or years as though they’re all the people who abuse it. You sound like an ass.
I realize that’s quite a bit to digest in terms of information, profanity and opinion, but sometimes it’s just better to be short and snappy.