Demand Apology from Politician for Comparing Food Stamps to Slavery


Target: North Carolina Republican Senate candidate, Greg Brannon

Goal: Receive an apology from Greg Brannon for comments comparing food stamps to slavery.

A North Carolina Republican Senate candidate recently made offensive comments comparing food stamps to slavery. During an interview with the North Carolina Tea Party, Republican Senate candidate Greg Brannon said, “And now 80% of the farm bill is food stamps. That enslaves people. What you want to do—it’s crazy but it’s true—is teach people to fish so they can fish. When you’re at the behest of someone else, you are actually a slave to them.” These ignorant comments offended many who are now in need of rectification of the comments.

Like many hurtful comments directed at the poor before, this comment seems to suggest that financial help is hurting them and they should not be getting assistance so they can learn lessons on how to work hard and help themselves. This type of remark belittles poor people and cannot be more incorrect. People who receive food stamps are adults and whether adults have an abundance of money, or none at all, they are perfectly capable of understanding the way in which the real world and money works. The fact that they are even receiving food stamps shows that they have been struggling with these realities of the world. Most importantly, adults receiving food stamps are not pleased with the fact that they are in that position. Most have worked previously and would much rather be working to earn their own money for food. There is no reason to teach these individuals a lesson.

Greg Brannon should apologize for these comments if he ever intends to be involved in American politics. There is no place for a person who is unaccepting of certain groups and intends to punish, rather than help them.

Please sign the petition below to insist that Brannon rectifies these remarks.


Dear Greg Brannon,

Your recent comments comparing food stamps to slavery were insensitive and clearly not very conscientious. The suggestion you were making is far too common among politicians of your party; that those in need of financial assistance should not be getting it and should be instead working for their own money to teach them a lesson is absurd. This is extremely inconsiderate, considering that most of these people do not wish to be in the position of needing government assistance. These people are adults who may have worked in the past but lost their job in the suffering American economy. They are fully aware of the realities of life and money, and do not need to be “taught a lesson”. They need assistance for the basic necessities, such as food, in order to eventually get on their feet and work for themselves.

There is no place in politics for another person like you who is unaccepting and discriminatory against certain groups. We need people who are willing to help those in need rather than punish them. If you cannot immediately rectify your mistake by apologizing, you should refrain from being involved in politics in the future.


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