By Luther Washington
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson has come up with a unique way to cut welfare spending.
“If I was in charge of things in Washington, D.C. I wouldn’t allow people to buy chicken or kool-aid with food stamps,” said Peterson on his radio show. “These are foods which are popular among poor blacks. If you could only buy vegetables and fruits with food stamps, it would force more of these people to get off government support and get jobs.”
“I bet if those people were forced to eat granola and kale, they would find jobs real quick,” said Peterson.
Peterson isn’t the first Republican to make a crack about the poor dietary habits of urban dwellers.
According to FOX 31 Denver, Colorado State. Sen. Vicki Marble, also a Republican, raised eyebrows when she suggested that poor blacks and Latinos could improve their health by changing their diet.
“When you look at life expectancy, there are problems in the black race: sickle-cell anemia is something that comes up, diabetes is something that’s prevalent in the genetic makeup and you just can’t help it,” said Marble. “Although I’ve got to say, I’ve never had better BBQ and better chicken and ate better in my life than when you go down south and you — I love it.”