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IS BANNING PEOPLE WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS FROM FOOD STAMPS RACIST?

Posted by on May. 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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Is Banning People With Criminal Records From Food Stamps Racist?

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The Senate unanimously voted last Wednesday to make ex-convicts who were convicted of violent crimes ineligible for the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps. Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, quickly called the move racist.

“Given incarceration patterns in the United States,” Greenstein said, “poor elderly African Americans convicted of a single crime decades ago by segregated Southern juries would be among those hit.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 1 in every 15 African American men are imprisoned, while only 1 in 106 Caucasian men are serving time.

Under current law, only drug felons are ineligible for food stamps, though some states have amended the law or opted out of it. If the bill is passed, sex offenders and murderers would be added to the list.

While the bill aims to cut costs for the government, Timothy Smeeding, director of the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty, calls the claim ridiculous.

“It doesn’t save anyone any money,” Smeeding said. “It just makes sort of a political statement that we don’t forgive people for crimes once they pay their dues."

A study done at Yale’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS found that drug offenders who were ineligible for food stamps were more likely to engage in dangerous behavior to obtain food, including turning to prostitution.

The bill would also have negative effects on convict’s families, reducing funds for children and other family members.

Sources: Daily Caller, MSNBC

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rgba
by Bronze Member on May. 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM
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I don't think racist is the right term here, although I do agree that the law would unfairly impact black people.
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KimmyShaw
by Bronze Member on May. 29, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Not at all

Lizardannie1966
by on May. 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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Racist? No, but possibly discriminatory.

When a felon first gets out of prison, depending on his/her crime, they find it very hard to find a job at first.

How are they to eat if they're unable to receiving SNAP benefits?

Mommabearbergh
by on May. 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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I don't see it being racist. There are hard working black people who use snap benefits who have no record and are law abiding citizens. It would also impact ex cons in general who come in many different races.
Aestas
by Gold Member on May. 29, 2013 at 11:02 AM
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Yes, it's an example of institutionalized racism.

Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.

prommy
by Silver Member on May. 29, 2013 at 11:07 AM
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 Not racist...just stupid. If a convict gets out of prison and can't get a job he/she will likely commit a crime (robbery for instance) to get food.

talia-mom
by on May. 29, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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No.  And it is stupid to imply it.

stormcris
by Christy on May. 29, 2013 at 11:10 AM
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Passing that crap they really must want a revolt.

No it is not racist and people seriously use that term in all the wrong ways but it does create disadvantage disproportionately toward a sector of the US. Now for violent crimes ...the real question is thus, what are they defining as a violent crime? 59.4% of violent crimes arrests are white men.

For violent crime by race in 2011, 59.4% of those arrested were white, 38.3% were black, and 2.2% were of other races.[18] For persons arrested for homicide in 2011, 49.7% were black, 48% were white, and 2.3% were of other races.[18] For persons arrested for rape in 2011, 65% were white, 32.9% were black, and 2.1% were of other races.[18] For property crime in 2011, 68.1% of arrested persons were white, 29.5% were black, and 2.4% were of other races.[18]

In 2011, law enforcement reported 6,222 bias-motivated incidents, known as hate crimes, for which 5,731 offenders were identified.[19] Of these, 59% were white, 20.9% were black, 7.1% were of various races, 1.4% were Asian or Pacific Islanders, 0.8% were Native American, and 10.8% were of unknown race.[19]

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on May. 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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Hey Tommy, let's rob this gas station.

Oh wait, better not, if we get caught we will never be able to get on the SNAP .... and we will starve.

Naw, I don't see much of a deterrence to criminal activities if this bill passes.
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MrsSamMerlotte
by Bronze Member on May. 29, 2013 at 11:12 AM
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Seriously? No. its not. People of all races commit crimes. This is ridiculous.
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