..........As a former food stamp recipient, let's just say that the $200/month I got in Washington a couple years ago (which was actually adequate for me, considering I have no dependents) was hardly more enticing than getting myself back into the work force where I could, you know, make a decent salary.
At one point at the end of 2010, sure, I had the $200 a month in food, but I was nearly out of cash to put gas in the car to even get to the grocery store.
But w/o the SNAP benefits, I truly have no idea how I would have gotten through a couple months there. No idea at all.
Within 2.5 years of being on them, I'm now 100% back on my feet, landed a job that pays better than anything I've had before and I can resume contributing to society.
People who demonize food stamp recipients are truly my deepest enemies. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loathe their "let 'em starve" attitude.
Black Unemployment in the U.S.:
So Bad the UN is Investigating
The level of black unemployment in the U.S. is so bad that the United Nations is launching an investigation.
And, indeed the figures on unemployment by race are grim for blacks, especially black men.
The latest unemployment figures show a stark racial disparity.
For black men,
the unemployment rate was 20.2%,
compared to 9.6% unemployment for white men.
(Of course, these numbers are low given that “discouraged workers,” those who are no longer looking for employment, are not included, nor are those who are incarcerated.)
The outrageously high unemployment among black Americans means the United States has failed to live up to commitments it made under United Nations human rights agreements,
a coalition of advocacy groups charges (pdf), according to a recent report by City Limits