I have seen/heard a lot of negative stuff about people who receive aid lately. Actually, I've been hearing it for years. I don't really care if anyone disagrees with this, I am sharing my point of view, which seems to be in the minority. Most people who receive aid are ashamed (because of this societal shaming) or even scared to admit to it or speak up about it. The people who negatively stereotype benefit recipients have probably never been in a desperate situation or have never been poor/homeless/hungry. I have. Let my experience broaden your views, if they are not already open-minded.
There's a welfare recipient stereotype that's largely promoted by conservatives/republicans. A lot of people who get welfare/other benefits (myself included) want to work, try to work, need help badly, and are only on aid temporarily. I hate how people are always saying horrible crap about people who need a little help. I couldn't have prevented my situation from happening, there is no good reason it should have happened. Spewing crap about welfare/aid recipients and judging people based on a stupid selfish stereotype actually HURTS people. A lot of us already feel horrible enough about our "failures" or problems and our need to seek aid. I didn't even get any until recently, when there are a few years now that I really could have asked for help. I figure if our country can fund a stupid fuel/revenge war, we sure as hell should be able to take care of our own people. We're a family, we're a villiage, a global villiage really, we should take care of each other! I take care of others as much as I can and have done so to the point of neglecting my own needs and wants. I've worked hard in the past and supported myself and volunteered and done activism and given a lot of myself to the world. Now I'm very ill and I had to get help to be able to pay rent and buy food. I have never done a drug in my life and don't even drink. People who have addictions have diseases and people who are afraid to work have mental health issues. Would you hate/punish a cancer patient? Just because someone doesn't have a visual and devastating outward, physical disability or illness does not mean they are not suffering. No one in this country should be homeless or starving or without medicine and treatment. I have been through all of those predicaments and more. I was taught to be ashamed and afraid to ask for help. It is taking all of my bravery to talk about it. No one should be made to feel that way. No one. Period.
Compassion and tolerance are ALWAYS a better choice.
Oh, and btw, to further refute the stereotype, I have an excellent education and have been tested as a low-level genius on IQ tests. Not that it should matter...but whatever people think of me because I'm getting monetary help, they don't know me and I doubt that any of their assumptions/projections are true. I hope I can open a few minds by speaking up about this.
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