March 05, 2008

Honi soit qui mal y pense

This is good - John Scalzi, "Shaming the Poor":

Shaming the children of poor people for daring to receive a free lunch is tantamount to saying to them, well, if you had been smart, you wouldn’t have been born to poor people in the first place. And, you know. That sort of thinking makes you an assh*le...

2 Comments:

Shelley said...

Amen. My husband remembers when every kid got a free lunch. Can you imagine, at one point the US was a society that actually gave a sh*t about the future?

MK Anderson said...

I tutor at a school in south Seattle in a low-income, racially diverse neighborhood. Plastered about the windows in the entry way are signs, in multiple languages, stating that EVERY child qualifies for free lunch. I assume the school has such a high percentage of low-income students that it simply doesn't make any sense to sort them. But really, when does it make sense to sort them? Who is going to suffer from providing an eight year old a carton of milk, some cereal and a bowl of applesauce before they start their day? It seems smart to me...