The Media Narrative Around Families Is Racist and Homophobic. It Needs to Stop.

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Media Outlet: TalkPoverty

Aleta Sprague and Rachel Black's piece on the myth of the 'welfare queen' was referenced in TalkPoverty:

"Let's talk about the goal first: a stable two-parent family. Brooks is feeding the narrative that there is an ideal kind of family—one that does best, on that is how people should be. It's a family with two married parents. It's a family in which people have children and mostly women raise them. It's a family in which no one dies or is infertile or is incarcerated. It's a family in which no one decides to stay single or childless or get divorced. 
It is, in short, not reality. And making policy around this idealized vision of family has very real, often terrible consequences.
First, there is the emotional toll. When there is one ideal, people are crucified for falling short. They are blamed and marginalized. Their families are vilified and demonized. We have seen this with black single moms during welfare reform, gay parents during the same sex marriage movement, and now families with disabilities as policymakers seek to cut benefits. This helps no one."

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Aleta Sprague is a program fellow with the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America.

Rachel Black is the co-director of the Family-Centered Social Policy program at New America. In this role, she leads research, analysis, and public commentary around a portfolio of issues devoted to creating a more equitable public policy approach to  advancing a new vision for social policy that allows all families to thrive in an era of growing risk, uncertainty, and inequality.