Richard is a recently laid-off graduating senior at American University. He is originally from Connecticut, and currently resides in Washington, D.C.
“[W]hat I’m getting in unemployment is enough to pay my rent. Yeah. Cool. So am I gonna eat now? Like, would you like me to eat the floorboards? Like I don’t understand what you’re helping me with.”
“It’s like leftist-Twitter could really take this as a moment to explain a social safety net to people. Right. And help people get behind the idea that asking for your tax money back in benefits isn’t a handout. It’s your money. It’s what you paid for like. Instead of just railing on people because they’re stupid and Americans are so stupid, ’cause they’re protesting to reopen? No. Americans don’t have the money to feed their children. And honestly, if I had kids, I probably would want to go back to work wherever I was working to feed my kids. [Because] what I’m getting in unemployment is enough to pay my rent. Yeah. Cool. So am I gonna eat now? Like, would you like me to eat the floorboards? Like I don’t understand what you’re helping me with.”
“ [I]t’s kind of depressing being unemployed. I think for the first few weeks you definitely feel like a failure. Like you feel like. ‘Wow, like. I can’t even keep a coffeehouse job that I’m like, I’m not going to get anything in life,’ but then it’s also like.. hmm there’s a pandemic happening. It’s not – you didn’t just lose your job, you didn’t get fired. But you still have to kind of like fight back those thoughts of like. Your own self-worth being built around your work. So, that was hard.“