Wednesday, February 4, 2015
The Blaming of the Poor for Being Poor
This quote really touched me deeply. I have always bee taken aback by the unfair ways in which society stereotypes those in need.
A lot of people seem to view welfare as a "handout", but legitimately poor people do exist in this country. Nobody wants to be poor or aspires to live in poverty.
Do some people abuse the welfare programs? Sure they do. There's always abuse in any program. But that doesn't mean the people who legitimately need it should be punished because of the actions of those who abuse the system. If we did that, we would have no system for anything, since every system is abused by some people.
Anyone can be befallen by hard times and be forced to rely on food stamps/welfare for a while until they get back on their feet. People are befallen by catastrophic illnesses that bankrupt them, layoffs, downsizing, natural disasters, etc.
Any of us could be closer to being in this situation than we'd like to admit. It's sad to me that we lump all welfare recipients together. Those who abuse the system constitute the vast minority of recipients.
The true measure of a nation is how that nation treats those in need.
Do you think we unfairly judge those who are poor and in need of social welfare programs?