Welfare In Black And White Summary

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Prior to reading “Welfare in Black and White” by Ira Katznelson, I tried to predict what the chapter was going to be about related to the title. My prediction: the reading will include the differences between white and black poverty. The first sentence brought up the New Deal. Due to the fact that I could not recall the New deal, I researched the New Deal and African Americans. Furthermore, I found out that the New Deal established racially segregation causing whites and blacks to rarely work in the same environments in New Deal programs. During this time period, Northern States and Southern States followed different laws in terms of African Americans. According to the reading, “large majority of African Americans living in the south lacked the civil and political rights of citizens.” Despite living in a partially liberal society, African Americans faced adversity in the Southern States. Blacks lacked recognition as citizens due to the idea of inferiority that Whites…show more content…
Of course, these bills did not affect black American Workers. “The South was willing to support their wishes provided these statutes did not threaten Jim Crow.” Southern States adapted the bills just as long as they did not interrupt segregation. White Americans ostracized African Americans, so they can maintain their superiority. Katznelson concludes” the majority of American Blacks, once again were left out,” this implies that bill created never had the interest of all workers but only white workers. An example of an act that benefits Blacks today is Obama Care. Obama Care provides health insurance to low-income citizens; however, it is viewed as ineffective because it increases taxes for individuals and employers. Majority of Low-Income citizens are either Black, Latino, Immigrants or a combination. Whenever something is put into effect to help a group in need, Rich or wealthy Americans are not
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