Catholic Presidential Candidates and Racial Stereotyping

An Open Letter challenging Republican Presidential candidates Santorum and Gingrich to avoid "ugly racial stereotypes" about those who receive government assistance--on Catholic grounds.Who, then, receives government assistance? According to the latest government report, whites were a slightly greater percentage of the population receiving government assistance than African-Americans. Moreover, nearly half the recipients were "child-only" families--in which no adult received assistance. 95 percent of adults receiving assistance were parents or caretakers --the vast majority were women. A friend of mine said to me, "If you can't find a job and you are a single adult with no children, you're out of luck."Santorum tried to claim that he didn't actually engage in racial stereotyping in talking about recipients of government assistance. Did he? Stephen Colbert doesn't think so. Judge for yourself.

Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.

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