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  •  I've heard similar remarks from intelligent people (3+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites, mayim, boji

    and I turn the tables on them in an instant when they observe that people on food stamps are "lazy dead beats who don't want to work."

    I say:  "Wow, really?  Maybe you run in different circles, but I know four of five people who are on food stamps and none of them strike me as lazy.  One of them is a public school teacher and a single Mom.  Who do you know that's on food stamps that's lazy?"

    In an instant they realize the predicament I've put them in.  They're either going to have to admit that they run in circles of unsavory people who are lazy and don't want to work, thus placing themselves in a lower rung in social hierarchy relative to me; or they have to admit they don't actually know anybody that fits their characterization of food stamp recipients and are just parroting something they've heard but don't actually have any basis for believing.

    Totally shifts the dynamics of the conversation.

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