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Dallas NAACP Wants Texas Lottery Shut Down: Lotteries Hurt Poor Minorities?

Fef 2012/06/29 07:56:59
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Texas Lottery Commission says that people most likely to play Pick 3 make less than $20,000 a year. The NAACP in Dallas says that the lottery therefor targets, exploits and hurts people below the poverty line the most.

“They have this delusion that they’re going to win,” said Dr. Juanita Wallace, the president of the Dallas NAACP. “I want them to shut it down... Our people are spending their little money, their life savings away in hopes of winning.”

The Texas Lottery Commission's study also finds that people without jobs buy scratch-off tickets more than employed and retired people. Poor minorities in Texas spend thee times more on tickets than the average lottery player.

Proponents of the state lottery argue that the lottery gives poor people a chance. They have the choice to play and can't win without playing. Outlawing the lottery would also deprive the poor of the public benefits paid for by the government's lottery income.

Dallas' CBSLOCAL.com reports:The Dallas chapter of the NAACP wants to stop seeing low income Texans pumping money into the state lottery by putting it out of business News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of DFW

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  • The Newc 2012/06/30 17:24:40
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    The Newc
    +7
    I'm from Northern Indiana on the shores of Lake Michigan, home to several huge floating casinos. You should see the boats when the poor and under-priveleged get "paid" and dump every dollar buying lobster dinners and playing the slots and then run to welfare office in tears the next morning crying because they are broke and can't pay the rent or feed the children ... the poor starving children. Kinda brings a tear to the eye, doesn't it?

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  • dlsofsetx 2013/01/26 16:46:20
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    dlsofsetx
    No one is forced to buy lottery tickets.
  • KrisD87. 2012/08/10 00:43:56
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    KrisD87.
    disband the NAACP!
  • The One 2012/07/11 05:11:09
  • Quazimoto 2012/07/05 20:37:05
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    Quazimoto
    'A fool and his money are easily parted'
  • conservyT 2012/07/04 02:38:44
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    conservyT
    aw hell nah

    Not until I win my Millions; LOL!!!

    I live in Texas and this is just CRAZY!!!
  • mz jane 2012/07/03 22:29:41
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    mz jane
    They have that choice just like everybody else. NAACP needs to stop trying to tell people what to do or make decisions for them. It's really none of thier business whether I play the lottery or not.
  • caius madison 2012/07/02 17:28:01
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    caius madison
    Being stupid with your money hurts people, not our presented choices. Always understand everything around you before you begin throwing money at any of it.
  • Fenris 2012/07/02 10:55:28
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    Fenris
    NAACP should just shut the F*** UP!
  • Tennessee3501 2012/07/01 18:55:30
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    Tennessee3501
    Many minorities have won. Should we tell our native american brothers and sisters that we are going to outlaw cassinos?
  • betz 2012/07/01 10:40:08
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    betz
    Huh? Does someone have a gun at their heads forcing them to buy these tickets?
  • Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/01 07:00:37
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    Steverno~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    The biggest complainers of a shut down of the Texas Lottery.Would be the poor minority community,that the NAACP claims to represent!
  • bman~AVA~BTTB 2012/07/01 06:39:47
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    bman~AVA~BTTB
    +3
    Personally I think we should be shutting down the NAACP as I think "they" are hurting poor minorities! I've yet to hear of "anyone" having a gun held to their heads and forcing them to go purchase lottery tickets. The people buying them are doing it of their own free will. They know they might not win but then they just might too! That's what's known as a gamble and millions every day do it. I believe those NAACP people need to get a life and leave people the hell alone!
  • Walt 2012/07/01 06:37:24
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    Walt
    +3
    Good! With Texas out of the picture, I will have slightly improved odds!

    Oops. I meant to say, "Damn that Texas Lottery Commission, persecuting poor minorities like that!"
  • betz Walt 2012/07/01 10:40:59
    betz
    +1
    LOL Walt.
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/07/01 06:30:28
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +3
    Since minorities play more, they win more often than non minorities. The NAACP is just flexing their racist muscle.
  • Chef Bunyan 2012/06/30 22:40:45
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    Chef Bunyan
    +5
    It's a CHOICE! They can play if they WANT to! Nobody is twist their arms! If you can't afford it DON'T PLAY!! A little COMMON SENSE needs to be used here!! I'm low income, therefore I don't play!! I enter sweepstakes because unlike lotteries THEY'RE FREE!!
  • Bob DiN 2012/06/30 21:48:55
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    Bob DiN
    +5
    It's you choice to play or not.
  • jim 2012/06/30 19:41:15
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    jim
    +5
    listen every game has odds, and for the most part it's fixed!
  • JohnnyRudick 2012/06/30 19:30:27
    Lotteries Hurt Poor Minorities
    JohnnyRudick
    +2
    It is true that lotteries hurt the poor in general as well as minorities.
    I thing that the idea that minorities are the only ones among the poor who do not have the judgement to decide for themselves if they can afford a ticket and decide that spending half of their check on lottery tickets is not good financial strategy.

    Only the white poor has enough sense to say, "enough is enough"?
    What a bunch of racist bull crap.
  • dragon88 2012/06/30 18:43:34
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    dragon88
    +4
    Having an undeveloped brain hurts minorities.
  • JohnnyR... dragon88 2012/06/30 19:33:59
    JohnnyRudick
    But not all minorities as well as not all whites have "undeveloped brain"s.
  • jim dragon88 2012/06/30 19:44:17
    jim
    really, so what about this so called War, join the service, and we'll pay for your college, and kids education, so much for the red, white, and blue!
  • Mary Ann 2012/06/30 18:18:44
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    Mary Ann
    +6
    they hurt themselves......
  • The Newc 2012/06/30 17:24:40
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    The Newc
    +7
    I'm from Northern Indiana on the shores of Lake Michigan, home to several huge floating casinos. You should see the boats when the poor and under-priveleged get "paid" and dump every dollar buying lobster dinners and playing the slots and then run to welfare office in tears the next morning crying because they are broke and can't pay the rent or feed the children ... the poor starving children. Kinda brings a tear to the eye, doesn't it?
  • JohnnyR... The Newc 2012/06/30 19:38:15
    JohnnyRudick
    +3
    True, I have seen it as well.
    But it is a "free will" thing and we cannot treat certain groups of people as if they are further down the evolutionary chain then we are.
    We should have come a long way from people like Margaret Sanger.
  • rustyshackelford 2012/06/30 03:45:03
  • kevjon 2012/06/30 03:14:04
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    kevjon
    +4
    This is so absurd, alcohol causes more damage to the poor so should we get rid of all alcohol?
    If I remember correctly the NACCP argued against testing for drugs for welfare recipients now wouldn't that protect the poor from self destruction more than a lotto ticket?
    At least with a lotto ticket you could win but with drugs it's a guaranteed lose every time.
  • tony 2012/06/30 00:39:02
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    tony
    +2
    What doesn't hurt the poor minorities? Giving them money hurts them. Not giving money to them hurts them. Giving them choices hurts them. Taking away their choices hurts them. Thank you poor, fat, horrible choice making poor minorities for wrecking it for the rest of us. And oh yeah, poor, fat, horrible choice making whites as well. God knows we all have them in our own families.
  • tony tony 2012/06/30 00:45:02
    tony
    +1
    The difference is, nobody cares that it hurts the whites. The whites are 'privileged' anyway. But when it hurts blacks, then it becomes a problem.
  • 4dc 2012/06/29 23:20:21
    You can't win (or lose) if you don't play!
    4dc
    +2
    what next...no malt liquor or black & mild's? of course personal responsibility can't possibly be an option, can it? disband the naacp...losers
  • ღ♥ღ ℒea ღ♥ღ 2012/06/29 23:17:29
    Lotteries Do Not Hurt Poor Minorities
    ღ♥ღ ℒea ღ♥ღ
    +2
    if somebody chooses to purchase a lottery ticket... that should be their choice. Are we really going to have government or some organization come in and tell us we need to get rid of stuff because minorities are not making good decisions with their own money and therefore the entire lottery system needs to be removed. Give me a break.
  • A Founding Father 2012/06/29 22:56:07 (edited)
    Lotteries Hurt Poor Minorities
    A Founding Father
    +1
    There has never been doubt at any time that all forms of gambling are inducements to the poorest and least educated who suffer the most from the losses. That certainty is why the
    lotteries and casinos have become so widespread, there are tremendous profits to be had by getting these foolish people to place their money against odds so great that they could just as well bury it in the ground and hope for a "money tree" to grow. Hundreds of Billions of Dollars each year are taken from the food budgets of families with children and elderly citizens by lotteries and casinos, and we even allow the owning corporations to sell their stock on our exchanges, at multiples of up to 20 times the amounts they can fleece from these poor ignorant people.

    We need to have a second cocktail and seriously ask ourselves who we are and why more than half the world think we have become crazed and corrupted lunatics interested most in entertainment, sex, money, and the most destructive of human motivations. Could they be nearly right?
  • ღ♥ღ ℒea... A Found... 2012/06/29 23:21:09
    ღ♥ღ ℒea ღ♥ღ
    +3
    money is not taken from these people... it is willingly given to them. I would be pretty mad at someone told me we need to get rid of this casino because you are too stupid to spend your money on other things. That's pretty much the premise of the message.
  • A Found... ღ♥ღ ℒea... 2012/06/30 01:06:29
    A Founding Father
    +1
    Indeed, you got the message. The world is filled with people who are too stupid to spend their money wisely. They buy cigarettes and kill themselves with disease and cancer, they buy alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, meth, and heroine, and become addicted, wasting their lives sleeping or wandering around repeating "Hey, man" and "Dude", or just vomiting into the nearest gutter. They buy autos, televisions, iPads, shoes, diet pills, pain pills, makeup, pizza and 36 oz sodas, and neglect their education, decent housing, health insurance, dentistry, and other things that a brighter mind would choose. Some buy paper chits with little numbers and one chance in millions of every recovering what they spend. The little paper chit is what they pay $1.00 for and then toss it in the basket. Go figure how much sense that makes - sorta like pulling your teeth and awaiting money from the "tooth fairy".

    The ability to choose wisely between alternatives is not part of the DNA of humans but is a learned habit. Sadly, too many never learn and they are the prey of those who would take advantage of them so easily. If you think for a moment that money is not "taken from" those who aren't' so very bright, you lack an understanding of one of the largest components of our economy, the advertising and marketing industry, which account for about 15-20% of the total GDP of our consumer society.
  • ღ♥ღ ℒea... A Found... 2012/06/30 04:45:02
    ღ♥ღ ℒea ღ♥ღ
    +3
    you choose to live your life which ever way you want to. Everybody has their own life to live, their own choices to make (good or bad). Also, some people's choices that are different from yours are not necessarily wrong. I think it is very arrogant of some one to consider other people stupid and therefore wanting to change the system for everyone to force certain people to do different things.

    Some people enjoy a beer and choose to spend their money on it. Some people like to play the lottery because it's fun. Some people like to smoke... some people like to sky dive... some people like to eat fast food... what gives anyone the right to tell these people what to do?
  • A Found... ღ♥ღ ℒea... 2012/06/30 06:48:01 (edited)
    A Founding Father
    +1
    You are confusing yourself with defending stupdity. Ignorance is the lack of ability or information. Stupidity is the making of harmful choices after having the ability and information.

    The proposal NAACP made was not to control the stupid choices that you might make, but to control the activities of those who take advantage of your stupidity by convincing you that playing the lottery is "fun" and not just a senseless rip off of your money. Were the little slips of paper not available you would have to make other choices, perhaps to buy a newspaper or a book.

    Smoking is perhaps the most stupid choice a human can make short of playing Russian Roulette or jumping off a bridge. Were there no cigarettes available at the local market, 400,000 persons would not die this year from smoking related diseases here in the U.S., at a cost of several hundred billion dollars and pain, suffering, grief and damages beyond measure. The destruction could be prevented without telling any smoker what to do.
  • ღ♥ღ ℒea... A Found... 2012/06/30 20:52:31
    ღ♥ღ ℒea ღ♥ღ
    +2
    how in the world can you think it is right to do this?

    would you really support an action such as removing all cigarettes from local stores to prevent smokers from buying cigarettes?
  • A Found... ღ♥ღ ℒea... 2012/06/30 21:25:10
    A Founding Father
    I would remove cigarettes from the marketplace in order to prevent 400,000 persons dying in the U.S. this year from smoking related diseases and cancer, leaving their spouses, children, parents and others to grieve and
    become dependants on those who live.

    It is no more "right" for a corporation to sell these poisons than it is "right" for a corporation to send out murderers in the night to strangle these smokers and choke them to death on their own blood clots as they gasp for breath.
    Either way, the cigarette is the means of inflicting death. It is estimated that of all persons living on the planet today (just under 8 Billion), more than one quarter will die from smoking related diseases. Can you begin to grasp the magnitude of the costs of this absurdity - the lost productivity, the medical costs of hopeless treatments, the children who will never be educated because their parents died prematurely, the burden to taxpayers of those left behind, on and on??? What "right" does a corporation have to cause the death of these people?
  • ღ♥ღ ℒea... A Found... 2012/06/30 22:00:43
    ღ♥ღ ℒea ღ♥ღ
    +2
    Wow. So you feel it is right to take the choices away from people. You feel your ideas on things are superior... you would make a great dictator.

    Now what about fast food places, are you for shutting all of them down as well so fat people can stop eating unhealthy and therefore prevent many people dying from fat related deaths? What about automobiles, a lot of people die in automobile accidents. Oh wait... are you for taking alcohol off the market as well?
  • A Found... ღ♥ღ ℒea... 2012/06/30 22:42:48
    A Founding Father
    You can make up silly talk until you reach adulthood. There are things that the wisdom and judgement that comes with maturity cry for. We take the choice away from individuals with pistols who would like to shoot everyone who cuts in line at the theater or Walmart check out counter, or who stalk visitors to their neighborhood with intent to kill them. We hire hundreds of thousands of police to protect us from social deviates who speed down the highway, drive while drinking, and
    pack around pistols hoping to shoot someone.

    Ever since the cave dwellers sat around a fire roasting a lizard, humans have agreed to defend themselves against those who would harm their tribe. Unfortunately, we now have those "corporate persons" who have more power and bigger spears than the tribesmen known as "We the people". So, these new aggressors pillage, plunder and harm as they choose, including advertising and promoting the premature death, pain and suffering beyond description, of a hundred million humans each year across the world, and only for the profits that can be had from this carnage and waste.

    It is impossible to protect people from their own stupidity. But, we can
    try to educate them so as to allow them to make better choices of what to put into their bodies, whether food or just ...
    You can make up silly talk until you reach adulthood. There are things that the wisdom and judgement that comes with maturity cry for. We take the choice away from individuals with pistols who would like to shoot everyone who cuts in line at the theater or Walmart check out counter, or who stalk visitors to their neighborhood with intent to kill them. We hire hundreds of thousands of police to protect us from social deviates who speed down the highway, drive while drinking, and
    pack around pistols hoping to shoot someone.

    Ever since the cave dwellers sat around a fire roasting a lizard, humans have agreed to defend themselves against those who would harm their tribe. Unfortunately, we now have those "corporate persons" who have more power and bigger spears than the tribesmen known as "We the people". So, these new aggressors pillage, plunder and harm as they choose, including advertising and promoting the premature death, pain and suffering beyond description, of a hundred million humans each year across the world, and only for the profits that can be had from this carnage and waste.

    It is impossible to protect people from their own stupidity. But, we can
    try to educate them so as to allow them to make better choices of what to put into their bodies, whether food or just a known poison such as cigarettes or hydrogenated animal fats. And, we could prevent the advertising and sale of poisons and harmful products were it not for the power and influence of those who profit so greatly from the death and destruction of their products.
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