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The Forty-Seven Percent

Many years ago my three children and I were nearly homeless. Child support wasn’t coming and I was too sick to work. In addition, no jobs paid enough to pay child care for three children under five. We went from … Continue reading

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The New Jim Crow (encore, on vacation)

I first saw the title six months ago., “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (1210).” Could it be that the author was comparing our current prison system to the notorious system of … Continue reading

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Welfare

Many years ago, I was a single parent with three children under five. I worked four part time jobs trying to support them. When I was unable to get child support and my child care fell through, I went on … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage

The divorced mother labors thirty-five weeks in a car wash for $7.65 an hour while her three children are cared for my an over-extended day care worker. At nights she cares for her sister’s two kids as well as her … Continue reading

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Counting Their Teeth

“I earned my social security,” the woman told her friend. “I paid for it from the day I turned eighteen. All those years of hard work. It’s not like it is welfare.” Her friend nodded her head enthusiastically. “It’s not.” … Continue reading

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Chicken Coop

  My friend and her three children lived in a snug and clean chicken coop behind my friend’s father’s house. Her children were neat, mannerly, and highly intelligent. Every week she checked out library books for them and stored the … Continue reading

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“The New Jim Crow”

  I first saw the title six months ago. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (1210). Could it be that the author was comparing our current prison system to the notorious system … Continue reading

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