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McDonald’s Delusional Blame-the-Victim Budget

[Racialicious Editor's Note: McDonald's has been named one of Fortune's "America's Top 50 Best Companies for Minorities. According to McDonald's, "women and minorities" make up more than 50 percent of the company's workforce.]

By Guest Contributor Jay Livingston, Ph. D.; originally published at Sociological Images

McDonald’s has distributed a pamphlet showing employees how to make a budget and stick to it.  As you can see, the pamphlet is a joint effort by McDonald’s, VISA, and (apparently said with a straight face), Wealth Watchers International.  The “key to your financial freedom,” they say, is keeping a budget journal.

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Here’s the sample budget McDonald’s uses:

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The budget is encouraging, to say the least.  With an income of $2060 a month, a 2-earner family can save $100 each month.

But do you notice anything missing?  Food, for example. Presumably, that comes out of the $27 a day in spending money.  Transportation costs? Car payments are included, but not gasoline or upkeep. On an income of $24,000 a year, will this family have a car that needs no maintenance?  And if the two earners have only one car, it’s likely someone will have to take public transportation to work.  Oh, wait  – maybe they both work at the same McDonald’s. And they never buy clothes.

I’m not sure how McDonald’s employees get health insurance for $20.  Or home heating for free.

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The Racialicious Links Roundup 8.1.13: Profiling, Civic Tech, And A SMH Moment Care Of Zimmerman

By Joseph Lamour

  • George Zimmerman Speeding, Pulled Over With Gun In Car (HuffPo Black Voices)

    Zimmerman, who informed police that the weapon was in the car shortly after being pulled over, was asked where he was going, to which he responded, “nowhere in particular,” according to the site.

    CBS News reports that, during the traffic stop, which occurred at 12:54 p.m., Zimmerman also asked the officer if he recognized him from television.

  • Motorbike riders file lawsuit against DC police (WJLA News DC)

    “They’re not really letting us acknowledge them as police officers,” he told ABC 7. “They’re just doing it. We the police, we can do it. No you can’t. You have laws to live by too. It’s not right.”

    Attorney David Shurtz does not condone illegal riding, but said that targeting riders with deadly force for a minor offense is outrageous and indicative of racial profiling:

    “No one else is being knocked off bikes except young black males in bad sections of town.”

  • Why Civic Tech Needs More Minorities and Women (HuffPo Black Voices)

    The population of U.S. women and minorities combined are a literal majority. Yet these two groups remain under-represented in boardrooms, governments, and the tech industry in general. For Code for America’s (CfA) purposes of improving the community, this has to change. Simply put, it’s completely unrealistic to assume that our governments can be inherited by the same homogenous group that came before us. We need to be at the planning tables.

  • PODCAST: The Culture Gabfest “The Duchess Has a Vagina” Edition (Slate)

    On this week’s episode, our critics discuss the new Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, which chronicles the 15 months one woman spent in federal prison and is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name. What does the show say about our obsession with fish-out-of-water middle-class characters caught in a world of crime? And does it continue Netflix’s promising track record of original programming? The gabbers then dissect the unsettling, gorgeous, and absolutely original new documentary The Act of Killing. The film follows several perpetrators of a mass killing of alleged communists in mid-1960s Indonesia as they stage re-enactments of their harrowing techniques and confront their own deeds in the process. Lastly, Simon Doonan joins to add a British perspective as the gabbers chat about the newborn royal baby and ask the key question: Who cares?