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“Project iPad” (Courtney Baker on Technology, Poverty, and Race)

Courtney Baker writes:

…Particularly when we are speaking about government subsidized income and housing, especially in the United States, we are also speaking about a sense of ownership of the black working class. The rhetoric of deserving employs the toxic language of capitalist individualism that disavows the idea of collective reserves and resources. It is that same language—and that same logic—that spawned the image of the welfare queen and that continues to underwrite the dismissal of a national health care system. It is a language and logic system that treats the poor in general and the black poor especially as effective tenant farmers, as guests in a land who are not pulling their weight and have overstayed their welcome.