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Black America Before LBJ: How the Welfare State Inadvertently Helped Ruin Black Communities


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By Sam Jacobs – Ammo.com

“We waged a war on poverty and poverty won.”

The dust has settled and the evidence is in: The 1960s Great Society and War on Poverty programs of President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) have been a colossal and giant failure. One might make the argument that social welfare programs are the moral path for a modern government. They cannot, however, make the argument that these are in any way effective at alleviating poverty.

In fact, there is evidence that such aggressive programs might make generational poverty worse. While the notion of a “culture of dependence” is a bit of a cliché in conservative circles, there is evidence that this is indeed the case – that, consciously or not, the welfare state creates a culture where people receive benefits rather than seeking gainful employment or business ownership.

This is not a moral or even a value judgment against the people engaged in such a culture. Again, the claim is not that people “choose to be on welfare,” but simply that social welfare programs incentivize poverty, which has an impact on communities that has nothing to do with individual intent.

We are now over 50 years into the development of the Great Society and the War on Poverty. It is time to take stock in these programs from an objective and evidence-based perspective. When one does that, it is not only clear that the programs have been a failure, but also that they have disproportionately impacted the black community in the United States. The current state of dysfunction in the black community (astronomically high crime rates, very low rates of home ownership and single motherhood as the norm) are not the natural state of the black community in the United States, but closely tied to the role that social welfare programs play. Or as Dr. Thomas Sowell stated:

“If we wanted to be serious about evidence, we might compare where blacks stood a hundred years after the end of slavery with where they stood after 30 years of the liberal welfare state. In other words, we could compare hard evidence on “the legacy of slavery” with hard evidence on the legacy of liberals.”

Here’s a peek into how black America has been a victim of LBJ’s Great Society and War on Poverty.

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  1. It was not inadvertently.

  2. It wasn’t inadvertent; it was intentional.

  3. There was NOTHING inadvertent about what Johnson and the demoncrats did to black/low income Americans.

  4. Nothing “inadvertent” about it. LBJ is recorded by multiple sources to have said “This will keep those n*****s voting Democrat for 200 years!” Sounds pretty deliberate to me.

  5. Inadvertently? That was the goal of it, to ruin the black family, and it has worked like a charm.

  6. Johnson’s “Great Society” and the accompanying dissolution of black families was not “inadvertent”. I believe it to be on purpose in order to gain voters that will “stay on the plantation” and do the bidding of the dems! Once government dependence is established the chains are stronger than ever. There are few better ways to form dependence than destroying the family, responsibility, and religion in order to make the state supreme!

  7. Inadvertent? No way. Welfare was intentionally designed to break apart the strongest of social units — the family, regardless of color — and create dependence on government and perpetuate a permanent underclass.

  8. But that doesn’t matter…why? Well, to quote LBJ himself…”I’ll have those GD ni**ers voting democrat for the next 200 years!”. It’s all about staying in power.

  9. LBJ thought the dem/communists would have the Black folks voting for them for the next hundred years and said so only in a LBJ crude way/

  10. Listen to Candace Owens, she speaks about this very thing. She ‘s a great conservative. They liberals are still pushing these ideals. We need to vote them out!

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