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Did you know most people on food stamps are White?

Carol 2012/01/23 21:09:16
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36 percent of those receiving food stamps are white, 22 percent were African American and 10 percent were Latino, according to the most recent Department of Agriculture report on the general characteristics of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “food stamp” program.
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  • Carol 2012/02/06 17:23:49
    Yes
    Carol
    Types of people receiving food stamps:

    * 51 percent of all food stamps participants are children (17 or younger), and 65 percent of them live in single-parent households.
    * 55 percent of food stamp households include children.
    * 9 percent of all participants are elderly (age 60 or over).
    * 79 percent of all food stamps benefits go to households with children, 14 percent go to households with disabled persons, and 7 percent go to households with elderly persons.
    * 36 percent of households with children were headed by a single parent, the overwhelming majority of whom were women.
    * The average household size receiving food stamps is 2.3 persons.
    * The average gross monthly income per food stamp household is $640.
    * 41 percent of food stamps participants are white; 36 percent are African-American, non-Hispanic; 18 percent are Hispanic; 3 percent are Asian, 2 percent are Native American, and 1 percent are of unknown race or ethnicity.
  • Jane 2012/02/06 14:16:02
    Yes
    Jane
    +1
    So I've heard, and it makes sense, whites are the majority for the moment.
  • themadhare ~IJM 2012/02/06 00:23:31
    Undecided
    themadhare ~IJM
    what percentage of food stamps go to White people, as long as you're bringing up the subject?
  • Carol themadh... 2012/02/06 17:14:02
    Carol
    Read the post
  • themadh... Carol 2012/02/06 17:17:01 (edited)
    themadhare ~IJM
    I did. it does not give the information I asked. If you don't know the difference, you can't handle the subject
  • Carol themadh... 2012/02/06 17:30:09
    Carol
    So 15 percent of the population and of that number it is suggested that 41 percent are white. Does that help you?


    The number of people using food stamps hit an all-time high in May 2011. According to the USDA, 45,753,078 Americans and 21,581,234 households use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as food stamps.

    Zero Hedge notes that much of the 1.1 million increase from April 2011 comes from the state of Alabama, in which food stamp usage shot up from 868,000 to 1,762,000.

    The past three fiscal years have show a tremendous growth of SNAP usage. In 2008, about 28.2 million people used food stamps compared to about 33.5 million in 2009 and 40.3 million in 2010. In order to be eligible for SNAP, a person must make less than $1,174, among other requirements.

    The population of the United States is around 311,907,122, meaning that almost 15 percent of U.S. residents use food stamps.
  • themadh... Carol 2012/02/06 17:34:40
    themadhare ~IJM
    nice little cut and paste job. still doesn't even begin to answer the question. you exemplify how ignorance and racism augment each other.
  • Carol themadh... 2012/02/06 17:36:08 (edited)
    Carol
    Sorry you lack understanding. I guess that is why you are mad.
  • themadh... Carol 2012/02/06 17:39:11
    themadhare ~IJM
    you're still spewing gibberish. instead of copping irrelevant nonsense you googled and attempting a silly personal attack, give me raw numbers
  • Carol themadh... 2012/02/06 20:00:08
    Carol
    Find them yourself. And mad is in your name.
  • themadh... Carol 2012/02/07 19:54:41 (edited)
    themadhare ~IJM
    I knew you couldn't do it. and I already have the information I need
  • ben ben... themadh... 2012/02/09 17:45:24
    ben bennett
    +1
    and you've had it for years
  • ben ben... themadh... 2012/02/09 17:44:07 (edited)
    ben bennett
    +1
    it's jibberish to you because you can't handle the truth. 12/13/2012: why did you leave me the message just below and then block me, you worm. i'll block you now also. now i won't have to read your jibberish anymore; boy!
  • themadh... ben ben... 2012/02/11 02:12:03
    themadhare ~IJM
    you wouldn't know the truth if it jumped up and bit you little boy.

    begone now. the grownups are trying to talk
  • Rompecoglioni 2012/02/05 00:38:29
    No
    Rompecoglioni
    I do not believe it. Most of white people on food stamps are those that live on Social Security and are the old people, I don't blame them. Black people is just about in the same category with an exception of young black people because they are obese. Latinos, I am not so surprise because they work hard to support their families with a minimum wage, they are the survivors and they know how to
  • urwutuis 2012/02/04 11:23:58
    No
    urwutuis
    +3
    and I don't think it's relevant.
    I think the fact that 25% of the homeless are veterans is a more telling statistic for a country that's supposed to honor its military.
  • kamwick urwutuis 2012/02/04 19:57:22
    kamwick
    +3
    Of course it's relevant because the GOP is trying to link public assistance as a "minority" issue in order to appeal to the ignorant who want to think of minorities as sponges off the taxpayer.

    Your statistic is right on..it is indeed a telling one, and a complete tragedy, just makes one want to punch something, doesn't it? So all the GOP talk about cutting the social net is even more ridiculous, since they're the ones always claiming to support the troops...
  • urwutuis kamwick 2012/02/04 22:47:33
    urwutuis
    +1
    My mistake. In that sense it's very relevant. I hadn't considered the misinformation propaganda machine. It amazes me sometimes how conservatives can actually buy some of the the trash the GOP puts out but they even up as if it were sugarcoated.

    Sometimes I feel like I want to punch out the entire right wing. They just don't seem to have a clue.
  • kamwick urwutuis 2012/02/05 06:28:02
    kamwick
    +2
    Let's punch 'em out at the ballot box, shall we? :-)
  • urwutuis kamwick 2012/02/05 07:08:54
    urwutuis
    I'd like to but, alas, I'm not much of a fighter.
    How about if I debate them into submission?
  • kamwick urwutuis 2012/02/05 20:24:47
    kamwick
    +1
    Absolutely, but the real winning is about voting...those who are willfully delusional won't be swayed by logic, but folks not knowing much about issues may indeed be convinced by your debating, which translates directly to voting.
  • urwutuis kamwick 2012/02/05 21:59:04 (edited)
    urwutuis
    Unfortunately I am of the opinion that elections are held to provide the illusion of freedom and voting is merely choosing the next rapist
  • kamwick urwutuis 2012/02/06 15:08:09
    kamwick
    That kind of thinking resulted in the teabagger uprising of 2010.

    Yes, I understand the sentiment. I spent many years rebelliously voting for the third party candidate, because the two major parties were both corrupt and too big for me, in my purity, upon which to spend my
    precious vote.

    Now that I'm older, I've come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as pure political parties, and that the general system is broken. But the two parties are really not the same as so many would like to claim.

    And there still is a choice. To me, that choice is either supporting the party most likely to have a slash and burn approach to our very necessary social support system as well as most likely to start a war, or the party that's not. I choose the one "that's not."

    There will be no revolutionary tearing down of the current system as it is any time soon. But if good people simply sit on their hands, it is more likely that the promoters of war will prevail, because the fearful tend to vote more than the cynical.
  • Carol kamwick 2012/02/05 16:41:35
    Carol
    Exactly
  • ben ben... urwutuis 2012/02/09 17:45:50
    ben bennett
    supposed
  • kamwick 2012/02/04 05:15:02
    Yes
    kamwick
    +1
    Yes, the goopers don't feel cognitive dissonance...that's why they keep targeting minorities with their "cures" for poverty....

    By the way, can't wait for the Mormons to start an ad blast showing how "inclusive" they are so that the Mormon Mafia can get their boy in the WH.
  • Carol kamwick 2012/02/04 19:46:08
    Carol
    +1
    You hit the nail on the head.
  • kamwick Carol 2012/02/04 19:51:21
    kamwick
    +1
    Awwwwww, thanks!
  • ben bennett 2012/02/04 02:50:27
    Yes
    ben bennett
    +1
    I SURE DID
  • ehrhornp 2012/02/03 01:24:08
    Yes
    ehrhornp
    This will probably change as I believe whites will be in the minority in something like 20 to 50 years? But at this time since whites are in the majority of course there are going to be more whites receiving food stamps. Now the real question is what is the percentage and how does that percentage compare to other groups? Please don't ask that question because I don't know for sure.
  • earl 2012/02/02 21:05:57
  • Wahvlvke 2012/02/02 13:41:04
    Yes
    Wahvlvke
    +1
    Where is the remaining 32%? Last time I looked up the numbers it was about one third black but the majority has always been white. It's one of those duhhhh facts. Blacks are, however; disproportionally represented due to the fact that they make up approx. 12% of the population. Then there is the skew due to illegals.
  • luvguins 2012/02/02 04:44:34
    Yes
    luvguins
    +2
    Yes white, and predominately in the red states, so Newt might want to tone down his food stamp rhetoric is Alabama, Georgia, and Texas.
  • Carol luvguins 2012/02/02 16:18:35
    Carol
    +1
    Good point.
  • mark 2012/02/02 01:54:49
    Yes
    mark
    +2
    Considering a large majority of Americans are Caucasians it would be most likely.
  • jdemme 2012/02/01 23:50:57 (edited)
    Yes
    jdemme
    +1
    But the "Historian'' Newt Gingrich didn't...
  • Umberto jdemme 2012/02/02 16:24:25
  • flaca BN-0 2012/01/23 22:25:31
    Yes
    flaca BN-0
    +1
    Politicians also seem to forget that there are plenty of military folks on foodstamps too.
  • HarryPalms 2012/01/23 21:43:46
    Undecided
    HarryPalms
    +2
    Like Willski said, are these numbers normalized against the respective population size of these groups?
  • Linkums 2012/01/23 21:42:47 (edited)
    No
    Linkums
    +4
    But that makes sense considering there are more Caucasians in American than each minority group. 73.1% of the US population is white (66% not including white Hispanics) while about 12.4% are black. Hispanic/Latino statistics were harder to get since it isn't a race.

    So, it should follow that 73.1% of people receiving food stamps are white, but this is not the case as you said. Relative to the percentage of people in each race, there are fewer white people and more black people who receive food stamps than should be statistically expected.

    I'm not saying that to demean black people, in fact, it's probably more related to a common factor not listed. For example, many black people also live in cities and it's the living in cities that leads to them getting food stamps, not their race.

    All I'm advocating here is critical thinking and accurate interpretation of statistics.

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