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  • Writer's pictureKenyatta Victoria

Has the Stimulus Check Debate Gone Too Far?

Updated: Apr 6, 2021


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As the American people enter a full six days after inaugurating Joe Biden into office, the discussion’s main topic has been the infamous stimulus check.


With Black Twitter upholding such an intense debate about who has or has not received their checks opened a more expansive conversation: has the stimulus check debate gone too far?


Joe Biden recently signed executive orders last week that included food benefits, student loan payments, and most importantly, the eligibility for more people to receive their stimulus checks.


“Lawmakers agreed last month to send $600 stimulus checks to individuals earning less than $75,000 a year and double that to married couples making less than $150,000 annually. They are also getting $600 per child under the age of 17. The payments phase out for people making more money,” according to CNN.


Whether the stimulus check amount is too much or too little has constantly been discussed, especially within underprivileged communities.


“I think $1400 is nowhere enough. To begin the pandemic with $1200 and only be counter-offered a range of $600-$2000 nearly a year later is counterproductive. The back in a fourth of the government debating this number further divides the country on left/right politics when in reality people should stay home and quarantine happily if they had the money to do so. So many countries offered citizens $2000/month and that has allowed their numbers to decrease. We can and should do the same,” Clark Atlanta University senior Miranda Perez said.


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of the world and how it functions. Still, the biggest concern has been the unemployed families and face eviction, all while trying to survive and avoid the coronavirus.


“Biden wants to send Americans an additional $1,400, for a total of $2,000, as part of his massive relief package. The new payments would also go to adult dependents who were left out of the earlier rounds, like some children over the age of 17,” according to CNN.


With all eyes on President Biden, there is a major amount of pressure to reassure that those in under-served communities will be acknowledged, particularly within the Black community.


“$1,400 is not enough for anybody whether you’re a single person or a two-parent household it’s not enough. This last year and a half showed me how much the government could care less about our wellbeing. They waited so late to truly start implementing change to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and you can’t just blame the president, local leadership showed their true colors too. There have been many financial struggles within the Black community throughout the pandemic whether it was late stimulus checks, not receiving unemployment, or feeling financially unprotected through such a trying time,” Millenial creative Angelica George said.


The financial frustrations within the Black community have become extremely frustrating and need to be handled.


“We need financial healing @JoeBiden We need #stimulus checks,” Adrienne Bell tweeted.


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