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The fact that I have to put my dad on FAFSA even though he doesn’t pay for my school anymore is precisely why I’m so damn broke all the time ;_;
I spent the first few years after I left my adopted family’s house only taking one or two classes a term because I couldn’t get her signature on her tax info for FAFSA. The first term that I had left, I tried to do things the usual way, but she refused to sign the papers unless I came back.
That’s so fucking infuriating. They really need to update their methods of calculating whether or not we can afford school.
They set that up and put an age limit of 24 because the assumption that mommy and daddy are paying for school up to that point is super convenient. They get to pretend people without parents, or with estranged parents, don’t exist and so they don’t have to give these nonexistent people money. You can tell the government you’re independent from your parents so you can file without their info, but it’s a lot of work, and pretty nonsensical for an adult to do. Meanwhile, they can explain away this gatekeeping by telling anyone who asks that it’s to keep rich people from cheating the system. Like they ever care about THAT.
And of course, isn’t that new show ‘the new normal’ about two white cis gay men? hmph.
I kept beating the drum on this when people were painting DADT as a “white gay male” issue when black lesbians and bisexual women were the ones disproportionately being discharged under the policy. QWOC (esp. black) families are more likely to be in poverty too. Nobody seems to want to address that. Every issue impacting queer people, even the ones people think are a waste of time or w/e impact QPOC that much worse due to intersectional concerns.
We need to take care of all our queer families, not just the class and race privileged ones that fit some ridiculous “nuclear” ideal.
OECD statistics show that the child poverty rate in the U.S. is nearly double that of Korea, with 20.6 percent of American children living in poverty, as opposed to only 10.5 percent in Korea.
Moreover, there were 400,540 children separated from their parents and living in the U.S. foster care system in 2011. Of these children, 104,236 were eligible and waiting for adoption, and another 58,000 lived in institutions.
On the other hand, there were only 16,523 Korean children living in institutions at the end of 2011, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
So why do we insist on sending our children away to live with foreigners? Who brainwashed us into believing that everything is better in America?…Korean adoption agencies owe American children an apology. For every child they send there, they steal a potential home from an American child. How sorry they should be for hurting American children in that way and for being complicit in the lie that international adoption ― in the way that it is currently practiced ― is a service that puts children’s needs in any country first.Jane Jeong Trenka for the win. Again.
Here’s a hilarious Helen Keller joke!
Do you know what no one saw or heard coming?
Helen Keller’s radical socialist activism for the rights of the poor, women, the disabled. And so people ignored and belittled her politics. They argued a deaf, blind person could not know what she was talking about. And so they reduced her to the safe story of a young girl who overcame disability, and nothing else.
Wait I mean haha she was blind! How funny.
p.s. Funny how folks are tossing out allegations of everything from OCD to autism to gross generalizations of mental illness
but somehow no one ever stops to point out that Adam Lanza was a class-privileged able-bodied white male
when it is the latter mass of privileges that have time and time again proved to define a serial killer’s profile, NOT the former spectrum of disability or illness.
-Vinnie Paz, from Jedi Mind Tricks-
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