This pandemic has put millions of Americans in a tough spot. People have lost their businesses, their homes, they’re struggling to keep food on the table.
I don’t think I would be wrong when I say just about everyone in the working class has been affected in some way either by the coronavirus itself or the damage it has caused to our economy.
A pandemic doesn’t care what color your skin is so why is it that BLM thinks they deserve to get paid for going through the same disaster as the rest of us?
Black Lives Matter chimed in on Thursday to say the $600 stimulus checks included in the new $900 billion coronavirus relief package not nearly enough to support struggling families that have been affected by the pandemic and they are demanding regular monthly checks instead.
The group posted their demand on Twitter writing, “Black families are struggling to keep roofs over their heads, food in their bellies, and healthcare covered. This isn’t about a stimulus. This is about survival. And $600 ain’t it. We demand monthly checks.”
BLM officials have not said if they had plans to approach President-elect Biden with their demand for monthly checks.
Meanwhile, House lawmakers have passed a stand-alone bill that would significantly raise direct payments to Americans included in the new COVID-19 relief legislation from a measly $600 to $2,000. The increase has the support of President Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and many others.
The bill has been repeatedly blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who presented his own bill that includes $2,000 checks and a few demands of his own.
I don’t think the group is completely wrong but you can’t pick and choose who has suffered more from a global pandemic based on the color of their skin. Some countries provided their citizens with monthly checks. For example, Canada provided $1,400 for up to four months to anyone who lost income after the virus hit. Costa Rica sent $220 in monthly aid to those affected by the virus, which is more than Americans got in over 8 months.