Welfare Myth

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About 110,489,000 of Americas are on welfare today. 39% of those individuals are black and 39% of the individuals are white (Statistic brain 2016). However society and media doesn’t portray, show, or talk about the 39% of whites on welfare. Americans perception of welfare dependency is viewed as a black cultural trait, not realizing the welfare program systematically excluded black people for most of its history (Roberts 1999: 204). And if it wasn’t for the civil rights movement Blacks wouldn’t be a part of the welfare program at all because it was created for only white mothers. With this inclusion the AFDC became more associated with black mother which led AFDC starting and creating the racialized stereotypical myth. Myths such as white people …show more content…
They’re cycling through society because it’s easier to hid the truth and believe a myth than go outside of the surface norm the government in steals within social intuitions. Other myths rose to the surface stating that Black mothers keep having more kids so they can get more benefits. However, now that I know the truth behind it this myth is wrong because most states have what is called the welfare family cap. ‘’The family cap denies a new birth benefit increase for children born or conceived while the mother is receiving AFDC’ (Roberts 1999:210) Within the state of Georgia a family receiving TANF for ten months might not receive increased cash assistance for the birth of additional children(TANF 2016).. So the enables any mother on welfare who has more kids while on welfare to receive any benefits. If anything else the mothers on welfare wouldn’t want to have any more children because it would make living that much harder which would make the recipients another statistic for the society. For example a family of three (mother and two kids) entering the program in Georgia would receive $784 a month and if they were eligible for SSI then the income would be 1,000 a month (cite TANF). A $1,000 a month is very small for a family of three especially when you take into consideration of clothes, food, transportation fair, home amenities, and everyday amenities such as soap, toilet paper, shampoo, phone bill, light bill, kids amenities, etc. If you think about it, with all of those amenities the income cash assistance provided might last two/three weeks if rationed well. But also keep in mind that this example doesn’t include a new born so really the family would possible have is around $500 or

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