The Food Stamp Bill

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Statistically, I should be a failure. I am three times more likely to become a teen parent than those with mothers who did not have children in their teens. I am more likely to have a mental illness than my peers because of the absence of a steady father figure in early childhood. Due to my poor financial status during a large part of my life, I am less likely to succeed in school and more likely to go to jail. No statistics could have predicted that I would be sitting in a room with the best of my peers debating bills at Alabama Girls State. When one young lady stood up as the author of “The Food Stamp Bill,” my head shot to her. What did she think of me? My family and friends? What did she think about our life support? She thought we were undeserving of name brand cereals as well as government assistance after two years. To my horror, other girls recounted stories they had seen on documentaries about Food Stamp Millionaires and drug addicts selling stamps and not feeding their children. I’m sure they didn’t understand that the woman in front of them at the grocery store may buy gluten free bread for their son with celiac disease, or that climbing the economic ladder enough to afford three meals for your family can take over two years. However, they were raised to label me as a leech on society's wallet. I raised my placard,…show more content…
This was no longer about winning a mock election, this was about representing my people and proving that we are not statistics and we are not undeserving of proper food. I recalled my poverty after Hurricane Katrina, the meals I gave up for my brother, and the mindset of penny-pinching that still follows me today, though this survival technique is no longer necessary. I stood in front of three hundred girls, some of which had no similar experiences to mine, others who connected with everything, but by the end of the speech, the atmosphere had
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