Republicans have long been arguing that it’s poor people, and especially poor black people, who are a drain on the system. For that reason, they’re figuring out creative ways to punish the poor and even, in some cases, to take away their rights of citizenship.
In Maryland, as a response to the protests in Baltimore, state Delegate Patrick McDonough is striking against the intersection of poor and black by suggesting that the state could take away food stamps if a member of the family protested.
It was initially brought up by a caller on a radio show who asked why benefits couldn’t be taken from families where protesters were “too young.”
‘That’s an idea and that could be legislation,’ McDonough volunteers. ‘I think if you could make the case that there is a failure to do proper parenting and allowing this stuff to happen, is there an opportunity for a month to take away your food stamps?’
Source: Raw Story
McDonough admits that it would never get past the Legislature, but not because it spits on the Constitution, but because it “seems a little bit harsh.”
Here’s the audio:
Believe it or not, that’s not when he put on the figurative hood. He went full-on racist in this second clip where he said we need to scientifically study the mindset of the “thug nation.”
‘These young people, they’re violent, they’re brutal, their mindset is dysfunctional to a point of being dangerous,’ he says. ‘We have got to study, investigate, and really look at what this is all about.’
He went on to say, “There’s never be a serious study by brilliant, honest objective people. We know about the families being dysfunctional, the drugs in the community, but it has now been generation after generation of this community — this community, this culture, this thug nation.”
He complained that no one has written a book yet called “Thug Nation.” I checked Amazon. There isn’t one, although I’m sure the writers of the pseudo-scientific “Bell Curve” will get right on that.
Here’s that audio:
I wonder if he also condones scientific studies asking why white “thugs” riot after sports wins or losses?
Featured image via Pat McDonough’s Facebook page.