Welfare Bondage

Jesus, be a pimp slap. No matter how old I get, there are still gonna be some things in this world that just doesn’t make a damn bit of sense. A few days ago, I was in line at a grocery store and I overheard a conversation from this loud-mouth girl that was saying to someone on her phone, “I do wanna get that flat screen TV for my living room but I have to wait on my welfare check.” I, along with several others, turned around and looked at her dumb ass like she was crazy. She then had the nerve to look at us as if WE were the ones with the problem.

Now as far as I’m concerned, there was a few things wrong with this picture: First of all, she was talking loud enough for everyone on the block to hear her. Revealing to the public just how ignorant you are, is not a good look. Secondly, revealing to the public that you’re gonna buy a flat screen TV with your damn welfare check when that money is supposed to be used for your NEEDS, wasn’t the right move either.

To those of you that are on welfare and you truly need it, I am in NO way speaking to you. I give you the right to overlook this post. But for those of you who are rocking designer purses and your welfare check is the reason, thanks for tuning in. If you are that one, I want you to come close to the computer screen and let me say this to you: GET YA’ MIND RIGHT! It’s very true that many white people that are on welfare and are doing crazy things too but this message was meant solely for my dear Black folks because I love you guys enough to tell you that in the Black community, WE HAVE GOT TO DO BETTER.

I’m not knocking the welfare system because by all means, it’s definitely needed in this day and age. But it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the welfare system was designed to help you get your stuff together to the point where you would be able to take care of yourself and not have to depend on the system anymore. In other words, it was supposed to be a TEMPORARY fix. However, some folks haven’t grasped the concept that being a welfare recipient wasn’t meant to be a career.

If you have enough money in your welfare check to buy the luxuries that people who are working can barely afford, then you can afford to buy yourself a computer and do some job hunting. Even if there aren’t any jobs available in this crazy economy, you can at least use that same welfare money that you were about to waste on junk and use it to START YOUR OWN BUSINESS or PAY OFF SOME DEBT. At least you’ll be using it in a productive way. Don’t spend your welfare check on twenty-two inch rims for your rusted-out Monte Carlo with the crack in the windshield.

Ever wonder why standing water starts to stink after a while? It’s because the water was just sitting around, being stagnant and taking up space. If your life is just like standing water whereas you’re not doing anything all day but rollin’ your blunts, eating up your kids’ after-school snacks, downloading music, and posting pics of you and T-Bone together, then you need a serious dose of an intervention.

I find it to be an outright shame for us Black folks to be so creative and yet we sit back and watch other people become successful on the things that WE created. You rather sit on your behind and allow the welfare system to manage your entire life, not knowing that you are setting a horrible example for your kids as well as the kids in the entire community. If you’re not bothering to look for work, then at least try to go to school. Learn a trade for Christ sake!

Let me close by saying this: Welfare is not supposed to be your Sugar Daddy. If you are an able-body man or woman who has no problem walking to the corner store to play your numbers or buy yourself a pack of Swisher Sweets, that lets me know three things: Number one, you have legs that work. Number two, you love to make other folks rich while you remain broke. Number three, you can take those same legs and be productive in life so that you can change your life.

Sonica

Copyright © 2013 by Sonica Jackson

***The views and opinions expressed here on my website are solely those of myself and do not in any way represent the views and opinions of WordPress or anyone else.

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