“WELFARE QUEENS” AND “DOWN LOW BROTHERS”
In case no one noticed, the same people who brought us the “down low” myth, also brought us the “welfare queen,” myth and the “crack baby” myth.
What’s the first image that pops into your head when you think of a “welfare queen?”
What’s the first image that pops into your head when you think of a “down low” man?
Blackness has successfully been pathologized.
Welfare Queen: A myth used to pathologize blackness, blame poverty on black women, and support stereotypes people already had about black women and the black race.
Down Low Brother: A myth used to pathologize homosexuality, blame black gay men for HIV, and support stereotypes people already had about homosexuality and black gay men.
Who needs facts and evidence, when you have useful myths to explain away issues?
Thanks to the myth of the “welfare queen,” poor and black have become synonymous.
Thanks to the myth of the “down low brother,” HIV infection among black women, and black gay men have become synonymous.
PS: Don’t look to the media to tell you it’s a myth, they profit off of your ignorance.