Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 12.25.47 PM

From The Grio/David A. Love — They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it might be worth a thousand food stamps.

In the town of Brushton, New York, 30 people were arrested for food stamp fraud. Can you guess how many people were black? None, as the picture below shows. All of those arrested were white. Thankfully, the myth of black folks as welfare cheats who game the system — a carefully crafted GOP invention to appeal to racists — has been exposed for what it is.

The 30 people arrested in Upstate NY on food stamp fraud (WCAX)

The 30 people arrested in Upstate NY on food stamp fraud (WCAX)

And with the 2016 presidential campaign upon us, here is an issue Republicans will be unable to exploit, or shouldn’t be able to exploit for political gain. Not that they won’t try.

From the late 1960s, white segregationist Democrats — resentful of black power and the gains African-Americans made during the civil rights movement — fled to the Republican Party. The Republicans were able to appeal to white skin solidarity, with poor and working class whites voting against their economic interests. “If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket,” said President Lyndon B. Johnson. “Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.”

Under the Southern Strategy, the GOP was able to win over racists without actually sounding racist. Republican strategist Lee Atwater perfected race card politics by channeling white racial resentment of black people into opposition to welfare and government programs.

“You start out in 1954 by saying, “N***er, n***er, n***er.” By 1968 you can’t say “n***er” — that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract,” Atwater said. “Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘N***er, n***er.’”

In his presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan promoted the idea of the “welfare queen” — the stereotypical inner city black woman who has numerous children out of wedlock, and buys drugs and Cadillacs with welfare money. “She used 80 names, 30 addresses, 15 telephone numbers to collect food stamps, Social Security, veterans’ benefits for four nonexistent deceased veteran husbands, as well as welfare. Her tax-free cash income alone has been running $150,000 a year,” Reagan said in a 1976 campaign ad.

Image Credits: WCAX

(Continue Reading @ The Grio…)

Tags: , ,
Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter
  • Conservative news media won’t cover this, hell it was on Grio not on New York Times. If this had been mostly black people then it would have been all over the place. We know the truth, unfortunately the jerks who have all the power don’t want to dispel myths and help poc get a chance, they want to promote segregation and bigotry.

  • PirmasensVet

    Have you noticed this story has not made the national blogs or even your local news f.b. pages? I did see it on that site in England daily mail. Now, if they were all black that picture would have been on ALLLLLLLL of the national / local f.b. pages. FOX news would have turned this into a week long segment in honor of Black History month.

  • Jo ‘Mama’ Besser

    This changes nothing. If racist people won’t accept statistics they won’t accept this. Nothing has been dispelled by this because they don’t want it to be. The facts have been out since time immemorial–they don’t care.’Yeah but, um… black on black crime’, they chant as if by rote. Sorry to sound cynical but the world is thus, thus it has been made and not by me. We have always been on the right side of history, no matter how much bigoted people try to deflect and defame us, and 50 years from now, most white people will be appalled by how evils were just kind of accepted ‘back then’, though it never occurs to the racists to act right and not set themselves up to be judged by the future.

    Guess what? For all of the blame and demonization we take because of their newest made-up problem with us, all of our ‘crimes’ will be non-existent in the eyes of tomorrow, as have they always. Do they think people will care bout whatever bullshit reasons they gave themselves for doing these things two generations from now? I mean I’m not sure of how much things will have changed, but it’s not us who will look hateful or scary. Too bad we always have to get that delayed pardon, no luck for now. But people who are racist, I guess, are just dying to be regarded as ‘yesterday’s assholes’ since they refuse to learn the lesson. I guess all of that privilege means that bigots don’t have to think about how stupid they look.