Food Stamp Fraud Is a Crime, But Not in the Way You Might Think

Janelle Harris
Apr 1, 2019 - 5:00
Food Stamp Fraud Is a Crime, But Not in the Way You Might Think

Here’s how to keep a stereotype alive: take one fallacy propagated about an entire group, typically rooted in some phobic, racist, classist, or misogynistic point of view. Support it with details from isolated instances that make for easy, illustrative counterpoints. Frequently use generalizing phrases and terms that demean, diminish, or vilify said population with homogeneity. This is how narratives about the laziness and impropriety of people who receive food stamps and cash benefits continue to dominate the politics of public assistance. Although Medicaid is powered by state and federal funding, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

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