When I read 4 Ways To Get Trans People Out Of Poverty Now as linked from a Facebook post by YM Carrington, frankly I felt that the solutions were inadequate for the purpose of the short term. They are more long term, and they are generally designed for white people. Also they do noit take into account multiple identities than just transness. I also disagree with the conclusion that it will take forever. It doesn’t have to. It can be fixed now.
Money was made up, and should be thought of as accordingly. The methods that were created to put money into the hands of people are just that – made up. They aren’t working. New, workable methods are necessary that recognize the interdependence of human beings and our collective nature.
Following, I list the process that we can immediately stop Black people from having to experience poverty. The exact details can be hashed out by the people that want to do this, but the results should be the uplifting of Black people out of poverty in a way that respects dignity and intersectional realities. This must also be a collective, non-government funded effort and must be fully done by Black people.
Recognizing the reality of employment discrimination and racism against Black people, here are the steps in order of priority:
- House homeless Black people. Money can be used to house homeless Black people immediately and provide them additional support as needed.
- Immediate monthly payments. People that can afford to do so must make regular monthly payments to poor Black people. Black people with money must do this. Additionally, white people must do this as part of their reparation obligations. All living costs would be covered by these monthly payments. Payments would be given unconditionally and with no strings attached.
- Create jobs for Black people. Jobs are beneficial in more ways than just money. Optional jobs can be immediately created and given through asking the individual Black person what they want to do for a job. These jobs would pay at least a living wage, in addition to the monthly payments they would already receive as mentioned in #2. No credentials or certifications required – the only thing required is the desire to work.
All these things can be done starting today. Fundamentally, this requires a shift in how we as individuals conceptualize life, work and money, in terms of reconnecting with the reality that we as humans are interdependent and collective beings. Each of us as individuals impact each other in the decisions we make every day, little or big.
Dominant rhetoric does not reflect this, but it is time to get with reality: People decide to provide housing, and people decide to provide jobs. It’s not as if these come magically, which it apparently does according to dominant rhetoric.