by Glenda Westerfield, JD
I was sitting on my bed with my daughter yesterday, participating in a familiar bonding ritual. We were painting each other’s nails and watching CNN. The broadcaster, polished and hair sprayed to a plastic sheen, announced that a “staggering 46 million Americans receive food stamps” and that Brian Todd would introduce us to a man on the program. As I watched in anticipation, I said aloud to no one in particular “It better not be a Black man.”
Brian Todd meandered along a dirty Washington DC street. As the camera followed, Brian announced that 1 in 7 Americans received food stamps this year; and that Frederick Mack, an out of work cook living in transitional housing symbolized the staggering rise of Americans on the foods tamp program. Frederick Mack is indeed Black, and I was absolutely livid when I saw him.