Wright’s Comments Offensive To Reader, May 6
This morning (May 5), in the Tyler Morning Telegraph, District 6 City Councilman Jason Wright was quoted as saying — about food stamp recipients — “It sort of reminds me of one of those signs you see in the national parks: Don’t feed the animals or they may become dependent on those who feed them.”
At one time, my family had to rely on government assistance to provide food and shelter. We were not animals and while we needed that assistance for several years, we worked in every way we could to become independent again. In the years since, I have worked in a variety of ways to serve my community and my country. I have not forgotten the support I received and I remain grateful for it. I do not begrudge it to others.
People who are receiving assistance from the government are forced to do so for many reasons, not all of them of their own making. Some are there because of the death of the family breadwinner or a disability.
Yet, Councilman Wright seems to say that they are just lazy and looking for free food.
His demonization of food stamp recipients may have earned him some cheers from the Tea Party audience but it came at a price to those he was demonizing. I call on Councilman Wright to apologize to his District 6 constituents. We expect fair representation on the city council — not partisanship and divisiveness — from our councilman.