The US and its puritanical roots is the basis for many of its problems and racism. The idea that some people might get one dollar more than they deserve according to Jesus Christ is enough to make some people cut off their own nose to spite their face.
I’m using that grotesque cliche, because it so accurately explains the US.
In countries where the population is more monolithic and less attached to the most heinous interpretation of the bible in the developed world their social services are universal.
The War on Poverty was legislation that brought about the beginning of the modern era of respectability politics and the face of African-Americans as the symbol of poverty in the U.S. In 1965 the report “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action” was released. In this report and through various interpretations of this report black women were demonized for not being good mothers owing to their “loose morals,” and the black family was generalized and pathologized.
The community needed help and the community was going to get it.
Lyndon B. Johnson was going to make “taxpayers out of tax eaters,” because the problem in the black community wasn’t the over 200 years of slavery or nearly 100 years of Jim Crow or the racially restrictive covenant laws or the lynchings. The problem in the black community was that it didn’t know how to pull up its own boot straps.
This is a vlog I did on the topic of unemployment benefits. This was initially published on 12/28/13. The show is hosted and written by me.