Welfare Ain’t What It Used To Be

 

 

 

 

 

Sharon Jasper has been victimized. Sharon Jasper has been rabidly wronged. She has become a Section 8 carcass, the victim of ever changing public housing policies.

Sharon Jasper has spent 57 of her 58 years dedicated to one cause and one cause only, and has nothing to show for her dedicated servitude. She has lived in Section 8 housing all but one of her 58 years. This legacy was passed down from her parents, who moved into Section 8 housing in 1949 when Sharon was six months old. She has passed the legacy down to her own children, but fears they may have to get jobs to pay for the utilities and deposits that Section 8 is now requiring. She laments about her one year hiatus from the comfort of her Section 8 nirvana: “I tried it for a year… you know… working and all. It’s not anything I would want to go through again, or wish on anyone in my family, but I am damn proud of that year.”

After hurricane Katrina, Sharon moved out of the St. Bernard housing project and into a new, albeit substandard, quarterage. As can be noted from the above photo of her new Section 8 home, it is repugnant and not suitable for someone of Sharon Jasper’s senior status in the system. “Don’t be fooled by them hardwood floors,” says Sharon. “They told me they were putting in scraped wood floors cause it was more expensive and elegant, but I am not a fool–that was just a way to make me take scratched up wood because I am black. The 60 inch HD TV? It may look nice but it is not a plasma. It’s not a plasma because I’m black. Now they want me to pay a deposit and utilities on this dump. Do you know why?”

She has held her tongue through years of abuse by the system, but it came to a head at the New Orleans city council meeting where discussions were under way about the tearing down of the St. Bernard projects. When a near riotous exchange between two groups, one opposing the tearing down of St. Bernard and the other wanting the dilapidated buildings torn down and newer ones built, Sharon unleashed verbal hell with her once silenced tongue. The object of her oratory prowess was an acquiescent poor white boy in attendance. The content of her scathing rebuke was, “just because you pay for my house, my car, my big screen and my food, I will not be treated like a slave!” and “back up and shut up! Shut up, white boy! Shut up, white boy!”

Recapping from the mental log of the city council minutes in her head, Sharon repines, “our families have been displaced all over the United States. They are being forced to commit crimes in cities they are unfamiliar with. It is a very uncomfortable situation for them. Bring them back, then let’s talk about redevelopment.”

To try to bring notice to her tribulations, Sharon has graciously allowed parts of her slummy abode to be photographed for documentation of her abuse.

 

 

 

 

 

Shown above is the dining room that the housing authority pawned off on her. Sharon will acknowledge that it is nice and all, but the “man” knows she has 25 family members to feed and the size is inadequate. She believes she is the recipient of malevolence by “the man.”

 

 

 

 

 

Above is her bathroom, intended to taunt her because “the man” knows she is going to have to start paying her utility bills and wants to run-up her water and towel bills. Once again, she is the recipient of malevolence by “the man.”

 

 

 

 

Above is the stocked wine cellar that came with her new Section 8 house. Sharon states that this is another example of the white man taking advantage of poor black women. “Look at all these bottles of wine,” she said. “They are worthless. Just another example of thinking I am stupid. All this wine is at least 10 years old and some of it is 20 years old, you know the white man kept all the fresh stuff for himself. I ain’t that stupid.”

Sharon directs the reporter’s attention across the street to Duncan Plaza, where homeless people are living in tents, and states that, “I might do better out there with one of those tents.” She further lamented about her situation, “I might be poor, but I don’t have to live poor.”

Sharon Jasper is not going down without a fight. She is the head of a tenant association that works with the AFL-CIO’s Gulf Coast Revitalization Program, which is working closely with the Congressional Black Caucus, which is working very closely with Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to get a bill, operation Section 8 Time Share, passed in Congress. The bill would allow people of seniority, like Sharon Jasper, who have been loyal recipients of Section 8 housing for a minimum of 20 years, to be able to use a special Section 8 permit for a time share vacation home two weeks out of the year in a tropical location.

372 Responses to “Welfare Ain’t What It Used To Be”

  1. Ryan says:

    Alright we know the dining room and wine cellar are a joke, but seriously look at her house! She only works one year of her whole entire life, does she even deserve a place with things that people should be rewarded with just for their hard work? She a racist, bitter old black woman that is stuck in the times of Rosa Parks…Get over yourself lady!

    • Kelly says:

      Funny how I end up at this website while looking for information on how to help teach a friend of mine some basic budgeting of her welfare checks. This lady in the above story should be made to get a job as she has no kids and is just 58. I didn’t work all my life to support the likes of her and her the world owes me a living attitude!

      My 42 year old friend is broke after 2 weeks after getting her checks and has no money to feed the kids or any cigarettes or soda. She isn’t a bad person but had a mother that was mentally ill in the 50′s and hooked up with colored men and had 5 daughters from different fathers who never paid support. Her parents disowned her because they were white and prejudiced and she was on her own and in and out of mental hospitals. Joyce was raised on the Welfare/Section 8 system but moved out pregnant and young just to get away from her sick Mom. All 5 sisters followed suit. Joyce has just barely kept a roof over her kids heads that are now 10 and 15. She needs to move again because her apartment is too dirty for the landlord to keep her. I asked her why her and the kids don’t keep it clean and she says she is lazy and the kids won’t clean. Section 8 is trying to find her another place and I want to help her learn how to do a basic monthly budget. She says she wants my help but we will see! I told her we are going to pay the rent and your utilities first and that is the golden rule. If you always pay your rent and utilities first half your problems are solved. Then we are going to go out and buy you 4 cartons of cigarettes for the month instead of a pack at a time. Also she will buy enough cases of Pepsi to last a month instead of spending 1.50 for each one at the corner store and tell the kids it’s for her and to stay out of it. Her kids are borderline obese but the son plays football and the daughter is going to fat camp this summer paid for by the state. I think they just don’t eat regular meals and eat a lot of sugar and starchy foods she gets at the food pantry’s. The kids could get food stamps but she is over by 8 lousy dollars and if she would get her bills together and go do a spend down she would get food stamps every month but never keeps her paperwork organized. She is going to try and do it this month, I hope so. I keep telling her 400 in food stamps is like 400 dollars really.

      It seems so simple to me to fix her budget but if she is too lazy to hang onto her bills and go to apply to get ((400 dollars)) in food stamps to feed her kids… How hard can that be? I would do anything for my kids who are now grown and out on their own. Why don’t these Mom’s care enough to do the basics? Do they not know the basics or is it just laziness? Maybe by showing her that she will have a months worth of cigarettes and a months worth of Pepsi at home and all her bills paid in full will somehow motivate her to do this for the kids so they can eat better and be healthy. If not for the kids then to make her life easier. I mean she has all day, every day to sit around smoking and drinking soda! I just don’t get it but I want to help. She is a nice person and I have known her and the kids a long time. I’m sick to death of seeing them struggle.. and for what? Pepsi and Cigarettes surrounded by sloth.

      I think it’s a shame the kids just end up with nothing more to aspire to then welfare and Section 8. Her son who is gifted wants to go to MIT and has a 3.8 average at school and football scholarships but he worries about his Mom and I don’t know if he would leave her. I really hope he does because he could have a good life with his brains and talent. There is so much more to life then making babies to get a section 8 apartment or a baby the right shade of light brown so you can have a designer baby. My friend thought her son came out too dark. She told me it is because she is half black and half Portuguese and the father was full black. So with her daughter she found a light skinned black man who had a white mother and made sure he was the baby daddy. She seems pleased that her daughter is light tan colored but what good is it if she is never going to make it out of the system? What good is it that she has no relationship with her father and she was not the product of a loving relationship. These kids don’t know what a Dad is for other than a sperm donor. Then if she learns to be lazy from her Mom I doubt her shade will matter at all.

      Sorry to go on so long. I am hoping maybe this one piece may help her plight a little. Then she can show her kids how to live on a budget which is just simple math but it is so necessary. I learned it in school and taught my kids in high school. BTW, I am white but never went to college and worked hard as a single Mom. I was on welfare when my son was born and got off it two years later after trade school. I wanted my kids to have a good life and I wanted more for them then a project. It was hard but seeing my kids today made it all worthwhile. Kids basically live what they learn growing up. I believe that because I am a lot like my parents and my kids a lot like me. I don’t deviate far from my morals which I got at home. I live in a mostly white state but they abuse the system too so I don’t think color matters as much as your upbringing.

  2. Diann says:

    If section 8 housing is all this woman has ever known, why would she go to work to support herself?

    Believe it or not, this woman has been oppressed.
    Has anyone read ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’? Her parents, who probably didn’t receive the same education as most white people have, taught her how to survive the way they learned how to survive. It is the fault of the government that that there isn’t a better system in place teach her how to integrate into an independent lifestyle.
    I don’t appreciate how this piece inaccurately satirizes the conditions of section 8 housing. Aside from the fact that the physical conditions SUCK, It is clearly an attempt to convince uninformed people that anyone living in section 8 is of the same mindset. This woman sounds like she’s mentally unstable. What about mental instabilities? What about people that can’t integrate into the working world because they are disabled? I would assume that anyone that would shout, “shut up, white boy” during a press conference has a mental instability. Anyone with a tendency to shout out profanities in public would have difficult time trying to find or keep a job.

    I think that we are poking fun at someone that didn’t choose this lifestyle and it disgusts me that we are using her to prove classism and racism don’t exist anymore.

    Im thankful that I can use the critical thinking skills I acquired in college to asses this satire. I am saddened that the reason I have a college education is because I’m white.

    • Charlie says:

      Your critical thinking skills are lacking, my friend. If the reason you have a college education is because you are white, then every white person who wants a college education would have one. Since that is not the case, your conclusion is errant…as are your other conclusions on this matter.

      Probably because of your education, you fail to realize that many people believe just like this woman (some are racist to boot, and many of them are white. I recently moved from an affluent community in Southern California to a midwest city and I’ve been amazed at the number of people who are on 100% disability while holding down a full time job, often working for the government who has given them disability status.

      I know another 64 year old woman in California who lived with her parents her entire life (altho’ she had a degree and worked for only 4 years). After her mother had a stroke, the government paid her $800 a month to care for her mother in her own home. Her mother died in the summer of 2008 and since then the government has paid her ‘unemployment’…and it appears they will extend it far into 2010. Altho’ this woman has a college degree, she can make it on the unemployment because her mother’s home is paid for so she refuses to get a job, altho’ she submits resumes online regularly so she can say she is looking for a job. She, too, has her laptop, cellular phone, large screen tv, ipod, car (paid for with cash by her mother), and other necesary items.

      It’s sad. The truth is I feel sorry for her…not because she chooses to live on unemployment, but because she doesn’t choose to be responsible for herself and enjoy the pleasure of earning her way, achieving goals and knowing she has enriched the world in which she lives.

      Back to Ms. Jasper, her attitude is disgusting. Your attitude is not in her best interest. I’m sure not everyone who lives in Section 8 is like Ms. Jasper, but it is not right, nor fair, to taxpayers to be supporting people who are not making an effort to work (for generations) and if one is on Section 8, and can afford large screen tvs, etc., I suggest they could afford their share of the rent.

      Things have to change in this country. I agree that people with mental problems need to be cared for. This woman has a mental problem, but it is not a disease. It is her attitude and expectations. We, as a country, need to stop supporting this.

      • Jim Brown says:

        Here are the solutions to all of this Welfare madness Charlie. Check out this web site for the solutions:

        http://searchwarp.com/swa434793-Need-To-Stop-The-Welfare-Madness-Before-The-Train-Wrecks.htm

      • Max Little says:

        hahaha – Charlie, she is merely continuing the satire of the article. She even left a clue in her sentence about her college education. She did not spell “assess” correctly but chose the plural of ass. What a laugh!

      • Nancy says:

        Oh I totally agree with Charlie!!! In Oregon our section 8 housing is full of immigrants. They not only have one new car but two! My children who have worked pretty much since they were teenagers, drive older cars but are struggling at times. At least they have their dignity in making what they have on their own. Yes they would have loved to go to college but didn’t have the money. And yes they did TRY to get financial aid but all was given out to what people call “minorities”. Which personally I think the US should do away with the status or we should create “Scottish Americans, German Americans, French Americans…etc….” Yes there are people that do need help, but God helps them that help themselves!!! If they can’t find a job put them to work cleaning up the parks, streets…something! This woman has too much time on her hands to complain!!!!! That place of hers is pretty nice.

    • Trish says:

      Sorry sweetie, but any person that wants an education today, can get one if they work for it. Not because you are white, or any other single factor. Get a grip. There are people out there who have been raised “in the system”, know no other way of life & feel they are “owed” the life style, just because.

      • Dar says:

        I know people who take advantage of welfare system while my family,others bust thier buts to make another dollar but need welfare to help them while they struggle to put food,a roof over our heads! Families who bust thier buts working,can only find jobs they are capeable of doing,are only qualified for thier abilities get treated worse then the families who dont deserve welfare that are only abusing the system!.I just dont get it!

    • Alana says:

      I’m black, grew up in the ghetto of Baltimore and would like to say to Diann, you’re a moron! Sharon isn’t oppressed except by maybe a spirit of laziness. No, not all section 8 homes are that nice, but hers is. There are nice ones, it’s after they’ve been lived in by people who don’t know how to take care of things that they become rundown. It’s not the governments job to teach someone how to be independent nor to create a program to that effect. She may be mentally unstable by common sense terms but this is a prevailing thought process among some in the ghetto. That they should be given everything not work for anything. Because of slavery or the oppression that came afterwards. Both have been over few too long to hold on to that as a crutch to be lazy. The sad thing is that most of our ancestors worked and hard for everything they had even putting their life on the line to ensure a better future for their children and their children’s children and used what help that was given to them to get the job done themselves. Some may not make it out of the ghetto, but mostly it’s because they don’t do anything about it. We live in a country (despite the past injustices) where just about anyone regardless of race or ethnicity can get a good education, a good job and start a good life for them and their families. Just look at a Condoleezza Rice or a Barak Obama (though that I can use him as an example of bettering yourself is the only good thing about him being elected president). It’s not mental instability or mental disabilities that stop many people like “Sharon’s” of the world but laziness, lack of a proper home structure, lack of positive role models in the home (not on television) and ignorance. Many times it’s willing ignorance. It’s propagated in that environment many times that it’s a good thing to stay in the slums and live ghetto fabulous. That if you try to get out and do something more with yourself then you’re an Uncle Tom or want to be white. People like you and those in that part of society keep the concept alive and in your case you’re too ignorant to see it; the concept that it’s ok to be ignorant, stupid and to stay in the slums and it’s ok because you’re black. That’s what it means to be black. Only white people or only white can finish school and or further their education and only because they’re white. No, people can better their standing in life because they’re the type to not give up and will work hard to do so or because they have a supportive family, be that family rich or poor. Racism and classicism still exists, but it no longer has the ability to keep a person down all their lives unless you let it. A lot of racism comes not from whites only but also often from blacks. Blacks to white and blacks to blacks. And racism from any person is wrong: black or white, for any reason. But it all stems from ignorance. Yes, life hands many a raw deal and they never make it out of a bad situation in life but mostly, especially in this country it’s because they never even tried. If you comments are an example of critical thin king skills learned at college, I’d ask for my tuition back! It’s also just another example of the backwards thinking (want to be forward thinking) progressive taught concepts of our education system that is becoming increasingly liberal. This country is going in the wrong direction on so many levels.

      • Victoria says:

        You are fabulous!

        • Carrie says:

          She is so right, I’ve made some mistakes. I was misdiagnosed for over 10 years, I was an addict and an alcoholic, finally got the right Meds and I’m literally cured!! I come from the one of the founding fathers of Syracuse , NY. I have filled well over 100 job applications and nothing. I’m college educated, owned my own business for 1O years, (successfully ). I have $8.00 in the bank my rent was due yesterday, Im not in trouble anymore but I do work with a job coach for disabilities also and still nothing but little gigs that might put food on our table for a couple of days? I used to be too proud, but seeing immigrants and “hustlers” work the system I think it’s time I got paid, isnt that what it was put in place for? I’m back in school, but I’m not the only one in this mess it’s the whole economy the rich get richer amd forget middle-class; what’s that? We’re too busy helping everyone else in this world get ahead but Americans! I think she is racist and oppressed, she just doesn’t know how to get out there, but forget about it it, there are no jobs out there. I have DWI charges and I can’t even get a job for $7.35 for “Ulta” a make up store as a sales girl!

          Carrie

      • Erik says:

        Alana – Thank you! I’m a “white boy”, but I worked many years as a paramedic in a black only inner city “ghetto”. I could go on for hours about my thoughts, and many would same I’m racist because of it. However, I’ve since moved far away, and work with the exact same mindset of people, but white. Race has nothing to do with it, ambition has everything to do with it, and you sound like you’ve done great at getting yourself out of the pits. Unfortunately, one must believe they are in the pits before they even WANT to get out. Somebody living in that mindset does not cause me problems. However, when I’m paying for it, it does.

      • KROGERS says:

        what a gal! I bet your family is proud of you! Wish there were more Americans with this mindset

      • Lexie says:

        You are right on! I hope there are more people like you out there in November 2012!
        We need to get this once great country back on track…All of us…no matter what our race or social status. A hand up is not to be a lifetime of hand outs!

      • bet says:

        You are a very articulate woman who has summarized well the some of the salient social ills of our great nation. While your opinion is spoken with true impunity, as a caucasian, i can also state with impunity, that generational entitlements are not always color-dependent.

    • Bob says:

      And aren’t you happy, Diann, that you, as a college graduate, can work to support thousands (hundreds of thousands? millions?) of Sharons. Sharon went to elementary school just like you did. She probably even went to high school. She had the benefit of a social and environmental education. Many of us grew up with FAR less than she did, but…

      Of course, it’s the government! And right now we’re smack in the middle of another government just like the one that created Section 8! And the majority of Americans elected “them”…the whackos who are doing everything they can to destroy this country. Those “citizens” are STILL driving around with “Obama08″ stickers on the backs of their cars. They’re not even embarrassed to admit that they voted for him and his kind. They absolutely REFUSE to read or listen to the facts. They don’t WANT to know.

      And THIS government will redistribute wealth as long as they have productive people they can steal it from. Read “Atlas Shrugged”…or “Culture of Corruption” or “Godless” or a thousand other current books that those “citizens” ABSOLUTELY refuse to read.

    • Kristin says:

      Okay, I think we are all aware that this is a cycle starting from a time way before we were even thought of, however, no one is “poking fun” at Ms. Sharon, only making aware to those who truly don’t understand how ungrateful the government has made them. And by “them” I don’t mean those of color, but those who have depended on the government throughout the years.
      These children in public housing DO have choices. They have just as many choices (if not more) than someone like myself who grew up in a working class family with NO help! My mom and dad couldn’t afford to save for our college…we had to take student loans or my mom and dad had to take out loans. I went to public school and had a 50/50 chance of making something out of myself or failing. It’s not about the “failed system”, it’s about parenting and morals.
      Ms. Sharon never had to do anything for herself, so like a spoiled rich child, she is ungrateful.
      It’s not the poor that suffer….it’s the middle class that suffers.
      Your education may have bought you your “book intelligence”, but your common sense needs a little work.
      The reason the government still supports almost (and I’m just throwing out a number here) 20% of our population (and that’s because I’m from NOLA) is because of the liberal thinking process.
      You don’t have to apologize for being college educated and white! The Black College Fund has been around for as long as I can remember and it’s being utilized.
      Instead of hating those who are disgusted with the system and the people who don’t appreciate what they have, try blaming the parents that, TODAY, have alternatives and can make things better. This is a different time and era….there is no slavery and ANYONE can make it in this country.
      You don’t see the Chinese or Vietnamese complaining….
      That’s because they came here to make use of this country’s wonderful opportunities. They (like the Mexicans) live in small places with family members while they establish themselves and educate their children. They are proud of their heritage and stand on very strong morals.
      I personally think public housing stinks and there is no reason ANYONE should live here for free. Not anymore…..

      • Nancy says:

        Good way to put it Kristin!

      • Dar says:

        Your certainly right! We had a hard childhood growing up,it wasnt easy,now as grown ups we do our best to do well for our children.Life isnt full of every promise to have a permanant job,be successfull! Someones always gotta put fault where it dont belong! Some are on the system because they are lazy,like me i just got on the system,im working but not a full time job for my qualifications! I had a childhood disease,it stopped me from doing what i want to,it caused memory loss! Spinal Menenjitice.I didnt choose to have it,it came to me! I try my best at jobs but lose them because i cannot remember things from yesterday,im not ashamed to say so either!

    • renae says:

      You have got to be kidding me ! This woman is NOT A VICTIM. She should be ashamed of herself. I grew up in poverty. My family NEVER qualified for any kind help .I sat in the school all day long with no lunch because we didn’t qualify for free lunches. While all the blacks did. And not only did they qualify but they were beating up the white kids for their lunches. The fat hogs. All their lives they have been babied and pampered . Both of my great grandmas were widowed young , and never qualified for any help. My mother was widowed at age 28 and never got any help. WE almost starved to death. My sister almost died of malnutrition. We had to go to school with the blacks, and they sit in the class room bitching about everything. They didn’t want to be there. They never turned their work in on time, always had some kind of excuses. They have sat right beside the white children in school for the past 40 years, and yet they still can’t learn. Yet here you are whining and complaining that they don’t have the same opportunities. I have been widowed twice in my life with 3 children to feed and support and NEVER qualified for any help. All 3 of my children were straight A students because I worked with them for 8 hours every night when they got home from school and I had worked 10 hours in a factory before they arrived home. When it came time to get help for college, they were all refused. It’s about need. Well the same people that have lived off the welfare program their entire lives get to go to college for free !!!!! Then they get the job that is if they want to work. They get their names on pay rolls ,that is if someone can spell the godforsaken names, and then they don’t have to do anything on the job. Why, because they can holler discrimination. My God. in my next life I want to be black !!!! I worked for 28 years until I broke my back, and do I get any help. Hell no ! Well folks. the government piggy bank is going to run out, then what are you going to do ? You show up at my house and I am going to shoot your sorry butts. that is the truth. and no I don’t have a college education , I never qualified for help and I had to feed my children. I will be dead soon because I don’t have any health insurance. As soon as I stand before my creator I am going to ask HIM to make be black and let me go back and live high off the hog. what a screwed up government. You are not helping those people by giving into them all the time. I am tired of hearing this slavery shit. You have never been a slave in your life. Your parents were not slaves , your grandparents were not slaves. It makes me sick that my grandma’s great grandpa lost his life in the Civil war fighting for the Union so blacks could lay about on their hind ends bitching all the time.

      • That is probably the longest sentence in history. Try breaking it down into paragraphs

      • Dar says:

        renae…You are so truthfull to the word! Slavery.Give me a break also.I dont have health insurance either,do my best to work hard without any help!.one job,not enough to cover my bills,ive got my grade 12,but suffer from a childhood illnes,i do my best to put meals on the table! Sometimes i cry,yeah like a little baby but i know Gods watching over me,he knows how hard im trying..The sad part is..when you have to do job searches and have them signed,no business owners will give ya a job because they know your on the system..What a shame!!!!

    • Pat says:

      Your college education sure is different than mine. The critical thinking skills I acquired in college taught me that first I need to work for what I want in life. True not all Section 8 residents think like her but still far too may do. Otherwise why do we have Black TV, Black Colleges, unfair affirmative action? Whites are also learning to take advantage of the system and we are running out of taxpayers to pay the bill. Wake up and pay attention to what is happening in this world. We are broke and need to fix the problem.

    • Bill says:

      You have got to be kidding. I just saw this post this morning and could hardly believe what I read. First of all, I am prejudiced. Not against Blacks but against idiots, rednecks etc. However, for someone to have all that she has and still complain is almost unbelievable.

      • jeanise55 says:

        Iagree with a lot you are saying, Being on section 8 all those years and now afraid her children will not be able to access these programs so sad. that wi what those in power talk about and it makes it so hard for the rest of us who work so hard and can’t afford the rent and bills we have but we try any way. i am ashamed of this legacy her parents left her and what she is passing on to the next geration she is right thousgh those times are gone we all have to work it or end up behind bars for trying to get it the easy way. so sad for a woman who made it through the strom to be so ungrateful. just sad.

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  4. Teri in California says:

    We’re goin’ broke … we ARE broke out here in CA paying for all these Mexican immigrants who come here to work the fields.

    Funny though, I don’t think that I’ve ever heard a Mexican blame our government for their strife. Within a couple generations of these immigrants coming here, their kids are getting good educations and contributing to the economy and community.

    In fact, all my life I’ve seen pickup trucks with 4-6 Mexican guys pulling trailers with their lawnmowers & equipment who work as gardners. I’ve NEVER seen a truckload of blacks heading out into the community with their crew and equipment to work as gardners.

    I’ve done blue collar work, I’ve had jobs in the legal field, I’ve worked as a waitress, an office manager…whatever it took. I didn’t graduate from high school, but every job I took gave me confidence that I could take on a bigger challenge. Paid cash ($500.00) for my first car; VW Beetle. It NEVER occured to me that I could look to others/government to support me.

    OK black America. Put up or shut-up. No one wants to hear about you’all never having any opportunities in this country. I’ll tell you what. Why don’t you write Obama a letter and send your complaints to him. Be afraid of what you ask for …. and get off your asses. There are plenty of people who need gardners in CA year-round. Go get a small business loan, print up some flyers and get to earning a living. If poverty stricken Mexicans can make it here, and they often don’t speak the language, you should be able to. …. We’re all sick of hearing about your woes…like I said, write a letter to Obama and tell him about your problems. And maybe someof you freeloaders faking disability and get paid for sitting on your porch all day could consider doing some volunteer work…maybe help underpriviledged kids to read. You’re gonna have to turn off the TV and get up off your large asses though.

    • Stephanie says:

      I would like to say we pay our gardner 75 dollars a month, they come and work for 45-to an hour 1 day a week. The lady who owns the company said they have 15 houses a day.between their 2 trucks it is a family owned business and on the side they have a pool business. there are 6 people in the family they make $7,875.00 a month in gardening alone. that is just the mowing and edging.

    • Portia says:

      Shut your dumb stupid ass up! How bout it’s not black america….we all are not the same nor do we have the same opinions! This is one person. ONE african-american not the whole “black nation” stupid ass. Mexicans do complain to the government as well as all other races. If your going to group one race doing something then would it be fair for someone to say ok “white america” lets stop taking out our anger by shooting up schools and our parents…no it would not DUMB ASS! Also the majority of rapists are WHITE MEN so is it fair that I keep my children away from all white men? No it is not. And again your a dumb ass. Have a good day

      • renae says:

        well you can bet your ass they are not raping the black women. Even the black men don’t want them unless they can get some of their welfare checks. Now you have a nice day. You can afford it . Dumbass

      • dj says:

        Thank you for keeping your children away from me. Now if you can keep your “babies Daddies” from B&E my house and car, I’ll be able to drop my Brinks Home Security subsciption.
        Now, back to my plans to rape all those sexy 6’4″, 350lb. nubian princesses that I see everyday on my drive home from work, wearing those eye catching “bootie shorts” and “tube tops” that just drive me crazy with the whitemans lust for the forbidden, for less than $15, that is!

    • sandra says:

      Ive heard plenty of mexicans blame US government for their strife and half the ones that do have parents who came over here illegally. and I live damn near as south San Diego as you can go. Just because you havent heard it doesnt mean it hasnt happend. I suppose you have never seen a truck full of “blacks” get out of a truck to work as gardeners because you live in san diego county. Im sorry, but of ever 50 or so people I see here, maybe 2 or 3 are black. The rest mexican every now and again some white. Get a grip dude. If you grew up where I grew up. SS Chicago you would see plenty of trucks/cars/buses full of “blacks” hustlin for a dollar. Cutting grass shoveling snow, cleaning windshields, raking leaves to survive. Just because you have seen things in your life doesnt mean you have seen it all. Wake up and stop throwin out crap in blogs just to try to get a point across. Yes I’m black and fortunately never had the need for welfare. I fight for this country, whether it be for sharon, my family or even you if God forbid you ever need government assistance. Yes I agree ol girl is definitly beside herself and abusing the system but of all these comments yours struck a nerve because you made it person with the whole “Ive NEVER seen a truckload of blacks……” comment. Guess what there are plenty of white people who abuse the welfare system as well and Im pretty sure you have never seen a truckload of them goin out to bea gardeners either….DOESNT MEAN IT DOESNT HAPPEN. and I can guarantee Teri YOUR ASS IS BIGGER THAN MINE. prick

  5. TX Lady says:

    I love the satire of the article. Finally someone brave enough to say what is really going on.

    Just the other day in the wonderful land of San Antonio was a news clip of a family painting the word “Help Forclosure!” in black on the outside of their run-down clapboard house. The husband was finally raking the leaves with tons of trash out of the yard. (Couldn’t manage to do it before the TV crews got there.) Inside the house was a very large 60″ flat screen TV. Can’t seem to make the mortgage payment on a house probably valued at $40K (at the most), but could afford to pay for a TV like that?

    Come on now people, really.

    Of course, if I said anything it would be because I am a racist white woman. Drop the slavery issue. Every culture has had slavery throughout history. Just because your ancestors were wronged does not mean that you are.

  6. mns says:

    Well I just want to say that I have paid over $45,000 in taxes this year, and have worked hard for all that I have. Now the Government wants more money and if this stands to be true I now know how I may achieve the American Dream. I will first start by lowering my self esteam and dignity to the point I do not give a shit anymore. I will now have a plethora of uneducated ignorant kids that will grow up and pillage and rob the good honest people of this Country, just as this so called ENTITLED women is. If she is entitled to anything more than an asylum please send me a check to the following address!!!!! Give me a Break this is so quitassential and yet looks so bad on the African Americans that worked hard to prosper no matter the adversity….

  7. Jess says:

    What a stupid, ungrateful women! I cannot believe she would say these things. I work everyday and so does my fiancee. Just to make rent. You don’t see me whining because I don’t have a plasma TV. People like her need to be shipped of to 3rd world countries like Somalia, Ethiopia or even Mexico. Maybe then she will fill more at home. What is it with people like her and always having to play the role of the victim.

  8. Debra says:

    If she has been allowed to live in section 8 housing for over 50 years, it is not just her that we should be out raged with, it is the policy makers that have allowed for such policies to exist. The Government is responsible to the taxpayers to protect our money and spend it wisely, this is a very good example of what a poor job they are doing. All of us need to be addressing matters like this with our state representatives and let them know that we are out raged. People like Sharon can not abuse the system if the system is functioning properly.

  9. ahansen says:

    Beautifully written piece, Jim. Would love to get a link to some of your other stuff!

    Story was mentioned (not quoted,) in today’s Whiskey and Gunpowder post. Glad I tracked it down.

  10. brandon says:

    this is stupid, I was dislocated from my job almost a year ago.I have 3 children, my wife and myself and all we get is $ 213 in food stamps a month we are very greatful and thankful!!!!
    neither my wife or myself get health coverage it must be because i am white!!!!! I have nothing nice to say to this ungreatful person and i hope that they come and take all of these things from her and put her up in a studio appartment and give these things to a family that is actualy trying to better themselves rather than suck our dwindeling welfare funds dry. PS screw you sharon!!!!!!!

  11. justine says:

    I live in the southern region and I have seen such mentality first hand. I know this article has some tongue and cheek moments but there are a lot for people that have this same though process. They strictly rely on the government to take care of their needs. While the working citzens pay for it. I see this almost every day working in the private insurance field.

  12. Matt says:

    Just think everyone, not only are people like her living better than some but were going to give her free health care now as if it wasn’t free before. She’s going to go to the doctor once a week complaining about this and that running up health care costs at the tax payer expenses. Why would she or anyone want a job, heck she’s got it made. Wake up folks, keep voting in those democrats. We republicans are just as caring as anyone and are generous with giving but the difference is were not stupid to the point we create these types of entitlement programs which will eventually kill this country and destroy the very fabric of what this country means and stands for. Health care reform Obama style will be the straw that breaks the Camels back, but hey, the liberals say we owe it to these poor hard working folk who got it so bad right.

    • renae says:

      I know a black woman named Sherry who is milking the system for all it’s worth. She can’t afford to pay her bills , but she can afford nice clothes, a trip on a cruise ship, and an expensive cell phone. Always walking around trying to pick a fight, but she is supposedly disabled, Uh yeah. My girl is a straight A student, and will she get help for college. Hell no. Why , because I pay my bills and I have land. She in the meantime is blowing her money living from month to month, whining and complaining. Why , Why , Why won’t God put a stop to this ? Can you imagine what’s going to happen when the bottom falls out of this thing? You can’t keep robbing from Peter to pay Paul. Peter eventually goes broke. I wish welfare had never been started. The blacks of today are nothing like their ancestors. Those people know hot to take care of themselves. They could provide for themselves. They sure have went downhill in the past 50 years.

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  14. Charlie Brown says:

    I used to live in California (I called it “taxifornia”) and at one time had 8 rent houses and duplexes. I always felt, just because you were poor, did not mean you had to live in squalar. I can tell you the story is only too true. One duplex I owned, I had 5 sisters living in one side or the other over 6 years. They all were on section 8 and between the 5 of them, had 23 children with never a “husband” in sight. Lots of boy friends but none of them ever married. I paid the water and planted grass and flowers and mowed the lawn and all I ask was for then to put the free water on the plants, but they could not be bothered.

    I got tired of always painting and repairing because a drug crazed boy friend was ripping the sink off the wall.

    I think the “LBJ” legacy has come home to roost

  15. Alana says:

    I’m black, grew up in the ghetto of Baltimore and would like to say to Diann, you’re a moron! Sharon isn’t oppressed except by maybe a spirit of laziness. No, not all section 8 homes are that nice, but hers is. There are nice ones, it’s after they’ve been lived in by people who don’t know how to take care of things that they become rundown. It’s not the governments job to teach someone how to be independent nor to create a program to that effect. She may be mentally unstable by common sense terms but this is a prevailing thought process among some in the ghetto. That they should be given everything not work for anything. Because of slavery or the oppression that came afterwards. Both have been over few too long to hold on to that as a crutch to be lazy. The sad thing is that most of our ancestors worked and hard for everything they had even putting their life on the line to ensure a better future for their children and their children’s children and used what help that was given to them to get the job done themselves. Some may not make it out of the ghetto, but mostly it’s because they don’t do anything about it. We live in a country (despite the past injustices) where just about anyone regardless of race or ethnicity can get a good education, a good job and start a good life for them and their families. Just look at a Condoleezza Rice or a Barak Obama (though that I can use him as an example of bettering yourself is the only good thing about him being elected president). It’s not mental instability or mental disabilities that stop many people like “Sharon’s” of the world but laziness, lack of a proper home structure, lack of positive role models in the home (not on television) and ignorance. Many times it’s willing ignorance. It’s propagated in that environment many times that it’s a good thing to stay in the slums and live ghetto fabulous. That if you try to get out and do something more with yourself then you’re an Uncle Tom or want to be white. People like you and those in that part of society keep the concept alive and in your case you’re too ignorant to see it; the concept that it’s ok to be ignorant, stupid and to stay in the slums and it’s ok because you’re black. That’s what it means to be black. Only white people or only white can finish school and or further their education and only because they’re white. No, people can better their standing in life because they’re the type to not give up and will work hard to do so or because they have a supportive family, be that family rich or poor. Racism and classicism still exists, but it no longer has the ability to keep a person down all their lives unless you let it. A lot of racism comes not from whites only but also often from blacks. Blacks to white and blacks to blacks. And racism from any person is wrong: black or white, for any reason. But it all stems from ignorance. Yes, life hands many a raw deal and they never make it out of a bad situation in life but mostly, especially in this country it’s because they never even tried. If you comments are an example of critical thin king skills learned at college, I’d ask for my tuition back! It’s also just another example of the backwards thinking (want to be forward thinking) progressive taught concepts of our education system that is becoming increasingly liberal. This country is going in the wrong direction on so many levels. So sad!!!!!!!

  16. Josh says:

    This is insane. With all of the people out there recently laid-off that WERE working hard for what they had, for all of the people that lost their homes after their lay-off. Section 8, along with EVERY other government program needs a reform. We need transparency in the budget. We THE PEOPLE need to see what the government is WASTING OUR money on.

    I don’t mind giving her (black/white/hispanic) section 8 if she is a single mother of 2 or a father who was just laid off supporting his wife and children. That doesn’t bother me. A year or two to get back on your feet seems reasonable. Now on the other end of the spectrum we have Ms. Jasper; worked for ONE YEAR out of her 58 and expects more?

    Every person in America has the same chance to “make it” if they TRY. Blacks (not trying to be racist here) but you have your own college fund, the NAACP, there are all black colleges available. Don’t tell me you are oppressed, this isn’t the 1900′s. You are oppressing yourselves with your own mind-set. I am white, grew up “lower middle class” I guess. My parents didn’t have the money to put me through college but made JUST ENOUGH that I didn’t qualify for financial aid. I bet if I was a “Minority” I would have qualified.

    I now have a family of my own wife and son. My wife and I are going to school part-time WHILE working full-time jobs. We get WIC and are grateful for it. It helps with the insanely expensive formula for our son. We have bought a house and have nice cars, this is with a HIGH SCHOOL education.

    Don’t tell me YOU are oppressed. In this day and age with all of the racism spewing out of the mouths of the ones NOT TRYING, I DON’T CARE TO LISTEN.

    Get out there applying for financial aid YOU WILL GET IT. Get a job, even if it’s McDonald’s it’s a job. Work for what you want, don’t ask the government to support you for your entire life.

    I will swear to you that whites HAVE become the minority in this country, census or no census it’s true. There are A LOT of hispanics in this country illegally, you think they show on the census?

    Racism is everywhere. BET (Black Entertainment Television), NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), http://www.blackcollegesearch.com/ and so on and so on.

    Lets look at this from the other side for a second. WET (White Entertainment Television) boring and racist, NAAWP (racist), http://www.whitecollegesearch.com (non existent because if we had all white colleges it would be racist and our sports teams would suck).

  17. O Rly says:

    this is a dumb ass post playing off the same old tired stereotype of the welfare queen. picking on the poor is like shooting fish in a barrel; it doesn’t make you a sport fisherman any more than this post makes you a clever satirist.

    • BigD says:

      There is a reason it’s like shooting fish in a barrel, don’t you agree? There are a lot of fish in that barrel and we are running out of food, and getting tired of feeding them to boot, lets put the fish back on the pond and let them feed themselves.

      • Victoria says:

        “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”—Author unknown although it may be an old Chinese proverb.

        • snaganalf says:

          “Give a man a fish, he is fed for a day.” “Teach a man to fish and he will buy a funny hat and hang lures from it and drink beer all day.” “Talk to a man about fish and fishing and you’re a consultant.”

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  19. Kate says:

    Wow, thats a pretty sweet looking welfare den. No wonder the old silverback doesn’t wanna work. If I could get a big screen television, nice big wall unit and a house with polished wooden floors for free, I’d feel pretty hard done by too if someone ACTUALLY expected me to go out and EARN these things.

    The irony is, this negress will never work another day in it’s life because the socialist system will be tit-feeding it until it shuffles off to the big watermelon in the sky.

    • Jim Brown says:

      “for Free” – it is not FREE someone – probably us taxpayers – are paying for it. Remember there is no Free Lunch – someone has to pay for it.

    • sandra says:

      Kate….watermelon in the sky really? Do you eat watermellon or is that silverback food. lol. The racism in America never ceases to amaze me. Sometimes I wonder under what rock do you people live under.

  20. Maddie says:

    The fact that this woman had children when she obviously could not even support herself is probably the most selfish thing she could do to a child. Who could bring up a baby in a lifestyle like this? What a horrible woman. Shame on her for being such a piece of trash. And shame on anyone else for feeling bad for her. What is there to empathize with? Trash understands trash, I guess. I feel like working overtime this week just to rub it in her face that I make more a year than she has her whole life, and I’m only 24. AND I’m paying my own way through college! Wow!!! Look at me making efffort to contribute something to society rather than be completely dependent on everyone’s hand outs. I just don’t understand that point of view…. She should be punched in the face.

    • Jack Allen says:

      I don’t know about the “punch in the face”stuff,but I applaud the rest of the stuff…….I’ve worked my whole life.I’ve bought two homes,put my kids through college and kiss my three grands………and I can wake up and stare America in the eye and sleep well at night……..And I’m also a Vet………Good work,Maddie.You are a tribute to Mother Earth!

  21. Jim Brown says:

    This article supports my whole idea of the elimination of ALL forms of Welfare (individual, corporate, state, national or world). The site given suggests solutions to solving the whole Welfare Madness State of Affairs that this Great Nation is caught up in merely to pad the nest of politicians. The article at the following site should be mandatory reading for every individual that applies for or is receiving welfare. Also, it should be forwarded to everyone’s elected Member of Comgress by anyone that reads it at this site:

    http://searchwarp.com/swa434793-Need-To-Stop-The-Welfare-Madness-Before-The-Train-Wrecks.htm

    Have a great day.

    Jim Brown

  22. Sammie Ann says:

    I’m dead serious when I say contributions to the welfare system should be voluntary. There should be a line on the 1040 form where the taxpayer can designate a percent of his/her income to the welfare system that includes section 8, food stamp program, utility assistance, etc. Undoubtedly Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and many other leading democrats will offer the biggest chunk. Anything else by them would be hypocracy.

  23. Larry says:

    I’m amazed…when will Americans understand what the real welfare system is all about…It’s a give-away program for those who choose not to work..and these very same people drive Cadillacs and Lincolns…how do I know….I see it everyday…most are on drugs and collecting huge checks…get real Americans…Most on Welfare choose not to work and collect check…they do NOT work for a living…

    • renae says:

      They should have to line up at the welfare office to get their checks and PASS DRUG TESTS. Then , they should have to line up to get a bowl of soup. Then they should put them women in clinics and fix them where they can’t have any more children. Two is too much.
      They should just stop this welfare crap. It’s not helping them. it’s making them bossy, ungrateful heathens.

  24. renae says:

    NO One in my family ever qualified for welfare. My grandfather started off with nothing. no money. Served in the army in World War 2, he raised 4 children, my grandma never had to work , raised all their food from a garden. He was a carpenter, built two homes for my grandma to live in. He kept both homes up till his dying day. Did all the repairs himself. When he died, he left my grandma $200,000. Not bad for a man that didn’t go to college, and never went into debt for anything. He supported all his children. And he started off with nothing. I don’t think he could save that in today’s world. He didn’t have to keep up all the welfare recipients we have abusing the system, and I am talking about all , white , black , whatever.

  25. Zane says:

    Jesus. Im 21 and I work on a drilling rig and I dont have wood floors lol. How about you teach your kids to get a job instead of going to the welfare office.this is the exact reason why I dont like paying taxes. So lazy fucking ungreatful oeople like you can sit around and leech. Worked for one year and damn proud? Jesus no wondef why the workin man is racist ….shit like this fuckin eats us up. Its one thing that you live there but dont complain you stupid bitch. I say gather all the lazy people like you up and send your black asses out if this country so you can learn to work.

  26. carl says:

    This is disgusting. Why is it that blacks think everybody owes them everything. This woman has the audacity to complain about her apartment that is section 8. You have got to be kidding me. She talks about being better off in a tent like the homeless. Wow. I am disabled and can’t get section 8 housing. This low life scum bag has been getting it for her whole life and I can’t get any help living on ssi with housing. Section 8 housing vouchers are all taken up by the blacks and latinos. If you are white and poor you are screwed. The disabled and elderly are suppose to be getting preferential treatment, but don’t ever get it cuz the blacks and latinos get everything first. An able bodied black or latino will get an apartment before a disabled white will get anything. I say throw out all the free loaders that are able bodied and make them live on the streets. Teach them the free ride is over. The only way they get help is if they are disabled and or elderly. Otherwise, throw their lazy asses out. It is unbelievable that they have gotten section 8 housing all these years and people that need it most can’t get it. There is going to be war in America eventually. People are tired of people that take advantage of the system. The most vulnerable in our society are ending up with no help cuz the lazy blacks and latinos get everything without having to work for it. And no it is not the whites fault for their situations. It is their own fault.

  27. Nazwreth says:

    This piece was filed as “Satire” — can’t you guys read or maybe you don’t know the definition of the word.

  28. Zach says:

    This repulsive woman is a disgrace, and i hope catches up with her soon and is extremely painful. Not only is she worthless, so is the government for letting cases like this happen…SHES POOR, she does not get luxuries like a flat screen t.v. or a house! She should get a Small Studio apartment, and get food stamps for milk, and only necessary food to survive on. If the government stopped letting people grow up dependent on it, we wouldnt have so many die hard losers. There is no exuse for people like her. My mother had an 8th grade education, and was addicted to meth at the age of 15. At age 23 she had 3 kids, and abusive husband who did drugs, and lived in a trailer with holes in the floor, she hated her life and wanted better, so without government assistance, she went to college, became an RN, got of drugs(with her husband) got the highest score in the history of the college on the mock board exams, and now lives in a 3,500 square foot house, all three kids dress very very nice, and we go on vacations all the time. People like this are worthless lazy scum. This is when we need to let Darwinism kick in.

  29. Cathy says:

    It makes me mad when I read that blacks dont have the same opportunities as other races. PLEASE! I am a teacher and live in a big city and work in one of the most “dangerous” black areas… there are beautiful new schools loaded with new textbooks and endless supplies. The kids get THREE meals a day, they are offered after care until 5pm. ALL OF THIS IS FREE TO THEM. Their parents are at home letting the school system take care of their children from 7am to 5pm while they lay aroung watching tv or sleeping or doing whatever makes them happy. Then when the kids get home after being at school for 11 or so hours these “parents” let their kids run wild instead of sitting down with them and helping them with their homework or helping their children create good habits such as bathing or brushing their teeth. They cant be bothered. Their kids are stressful. Their children are their meal ticket, their insurance that they dont have to get a job. The “system” will keep paying them so that their kids don’t have to “suffer” or starve or go without basic humas needs. OMG! These people had all morning and afternoon to better themselves while their kids were being taken care by someone else. Do they work a job? NO. Do they go back to school themselves to get an education? NO. Do they do anything productive? NO. They cry how bad things are and how they are oppressed. LOL! Thats not opression, thats lazy and unmotivated. Thats ignorance. Thats knowing how to work a flawed government system. The kids that I teach are considered “poor” yet most of them have Kindle Fires ($300 and up), Ipods ($200 and up), and cell phones!!!!!! Yes cell phones. Their parents dont have jobs and yet they have more than most children whose parents work hard everyday and pay their own bills without any assistance. Why the hell would they want to grow up and work when they see what they get for FREE? But teachers are told to teach these kids morals and values which are not being taught or used at home, teach them the value of hard work and getting an advanced education when their parents are SHOWING them that being lazy, ignorant, and manipulative will get you everything you WANT and NEED and you dont have to do a damn thing for it. Working hard is for suckers is what one 8 year old told me. Thats the message he is getting from home. If the goverment would stop giving these people everything for free then MAYBE their mindset would be altered. Maybe if they actually were POOR and had to suffer and worry how they were going to feed their kids or pay their rent or keep the electricity from being shut off, MAYBE then they would stop this insanity and realize that they are an embarressment of their race. And before you judge me and call me a white racist know that I am a PROUD EDUCATED BLACK WOMAN who works and is embarrassed of how my race is allowing themselves to be. I think that black mothers who have multiple babies to get more welfare is shameful. I look at this maddness and I am grateful for one thing…at the end of the day I get to go home to my family and I am PROUD of the house that I am paying a mortgage on, and my husband who also worked and is getting home treats me with RESPECT, and my three children are being raised to be PROUD BLACK citizens who know the value of hard work and drive. CHANGE THE SYSTEM to change the people.

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