Conservatives hate poor people, so this Trump supporter attacked a food bank by sending a hateful letter accusing them of feeding “takers” who deserve to starve.
Central Texas Food Bank doesn’t care who you are. If you’re in need, you don’t get turned away. The organization serves 46,000 people a week across 21 counties in the state, so they need funding to help them continue their mission to make sure children don’t go to bed hungry and to make sure people who need food get food.
“Food comes out last sometimes,” says Food Bank communications director Paul Gaither, who explained that people sometimes have to prioritize other needs such as utilities, rent, and transportation. And that’s why the Food Bank exists to fill the gaps. And to fill those gaps, the Food Bank tries to raise money by sending mail to citizens asking for donations.
Usually, people simply don’t reply or they reply that they are unable to donate.
But a deranged right-winger decided to reply with the following hateful letter, complete with a fake name at the end demonstrating cowardice.
I don’t understand who these poor folks are that need food. I assume they consist primarily of illegals, who came to Texas for “free stuff.” And of course, our Africans, who find work too much trouble, especially when they can collect the equivalent of $40,000 a year on welfare, and other “benefits” offered to the unfit, the lazy, and the under-educated… and, of course, the drug addicts.
I suspect that most who need food are marching around whining that the congenital liar, Hillary Rodham Clinton, lost the election. Too bad; how sad.
I also wonder if your organization is one of those Phoney-Baloney, so-called “charities,” designed primarily to provide a good living to its organizers.
In short, no way.
Here’s an image of the letter via Giving City Austin.
“The lack of empathy was disturbing,” Gaither said. “It’s important that we don’t categorize the people we serve as ‘takers.’ Most of the people we serve have fallen on hard times or are the working poor who just can’t make ends meet, and that can happen to anyone.”
Indeed, even many conservatives need food aid. In fact, most recipients of food stamps live in red states.
In addition, this hateful coward is wrong to assume that only black people and Latinos use the services of the food bank. As it turns out, one-third or 33 percent of people who rely on the food bank are white. Another one-third are Latino and the other one-third are black. In short, everyone relies on the food bank equally.
But the letter, while hurtful, isn’t deterring the food bank from continuing.
“We serve people in need and we’re not going to turn away anybody,” Gaither said. “All we can try to do is chip away at these misconceptions. It’s important that people know we serve anyone in need of help.”
Clearly, the election of Donald Trump has only emboldened conservatives to lash out at anyone they hate, including poor people. We can probably expect more of these incidents in the future.
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