By Ann Brown
The “welfare queen” is always depicted as a Black woman, one who stays home and collects money instead of working hard. She’s been used by white America to encourage an end of or a decrease in government assistance.
But a new study found that white Americans on average aren’t opposed to welfare when they benefit from it.
“New research by Robb Willer, professor of sociology at Stanford University, and Rachel Wetts, a researcher at the University of California, demonstrates that despite all the ways that the government provided welfare programs to help them, white Americans are willing to cut such programs if they believe that African-Americans and other nonwhites may benefit,” Salon reported.
Published in May 2018 in the Social Forces journal, “Privilege on the Precipice: Perceived Racial Status Threats Lead White Americans to Oppose Welfare Programs” explores how “white Americans’ welfare attitudes are shaped by concerns about the status of their racial group in American society.”
Welfare has been part of American nearly since the beginning, and white Americans benefited. ”In many ways, the United States was built on white welfare,” Salon Click here to read entire article