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pwaldo
07-01-2012, 09:35 PM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2166826/Its-addiction-Dallas-NAACP-wants-BAN-racist-state-lottery-drains-money-minorities-poor-people.html


The Dallas, Texas, branch of the NAACP has called for a ban on the state lottery, claiming that it is a drain on the finances of low-income people, and especially minorities, who can least afford games of chance.

Chapter President Juanita Wallace said many people have spent all their hard-earned money in hopes of striking it rich, but instead, the lottery has left their finances in shambles.

‘It’s an addiction,‘ she told CNN.

One of NAACP’s major concerns is that the lottery specifically targets African-Americans, as well as people who are poor and ‘uneducated.’

Overall, Texans have spent a whopping $3.3billion on lottery tickets so far this year, according to CBS DFW.

A spokeswoman with the Texas Lottery Commission rejected allegations of racism, saying the Texas lottery does not market any differently from one demographic to another.

Wallace said her NAACP chapter is already lobbying local lawmakers to put a stop to the lottery, along with organizations like the Baptist General Convention of Texas that has long opposed gambling.

In total, the lottery has contributed more than $14billion to the school fund -- nearly $1billion in fiscal 2011, according to commission records cited by the News & Observer.

But Wallace says the lottery has not done enough to provide local schools with adequate funding.

Sixty-three per cent of lottery proceeds go to prizes, 25 per cent to the school fund, 5 per cent to retailer commissions, 5 per cent to lottery administration and 2 per cent to other state programs, such as unclaimed prizes that go to programs approved by the Legislature, according to the commission.

11chaos
07-02-2012, 06:05 AM
You can't fix Stupid.

pr0phet
07-02-2012, 08:20 AM
You can't fix Stupid.

Can we shut this post down, Bill just hit it right on the head :)

Star_Cards
07-02-2012, 08:36 AM
Seems like if that was a valid argument they could claim that anything that is not a necessity could be deemed racist and should be shut down.

I actually think the gambling laws in most states are ridiculous and should be legal for private companies to run as legitimate businesses. Seems hypocritical for states to run their gambling games and yet outlaw the practice from other businesses.

mrveggieman
07-02-2012, 09:00 AM
Seems like if that was a valid argument they could claim that anything that is not a necessity could be deemed racist and should be shut down.

I actually think the gambling laws in most states are ridiculous and should be legal for private companies to run as legitimate businesses. Seems hypocritical for states to run their gambling games and yet outlaw the practice from other businesses.


Bingo!!

habsheaven
07-02-2012, 09:35 AM
I approve of most forms of government sanctioned gambling. In essence, they are just voluntary forms of taxation. The only gambling I disagree with are those that are the most addictive such as video lottery terminals (VLT's). I do not see state lotteries or bingos or scratch tickets as being overly addictive.

With that being said, I realize that it is the poorest people in society that contribute the most to these programs but at least it is voluntary.

Afrank45
07-02-2012, 09:53 AM
she actually DOES NOT say its racist AT ALL. She says its bad for the people she is trying to look out for, those people happen to be low income minorities. This isnt outlandish its just a feeble attempt at a group trying to protect another group from themselves.

Ms. Wallace can see that poor people which make up a huge contingent of her specific interest group do waste tons of money on the lottery. She isnt calling the government racist AT ALL shes trying to help people.

Her goal will never be reached by these means, but lets stop getting on our soap box trying to take shots at the NAACP for this. There are plenty of things to take shots at the NAACP for this isnt one of them

AUTaxMan
07-02-2012, 11:07 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2166826/Its-addiction-Dallas-NAACP-wants-BAN-racist-state-lottery-drains-money-minorities-poor-people.html

The implication being that those poor/minorities who gamble would otherwise, but for their gambling addictions, exercise the highest level of judgment and be good stewards of their money?

11chaos
07-02-2012, 11:24 AM
The implication being that those poor/minorities who gamble would otherwise, but for their gambling addictions, exercise the highest level of judgment and be good stewards of their money?

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11chaos
07-02-2012, 11:25 AM
To protect the innocent we have blurred their faces.

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