May 5, 2017
Rachel Black and Aleta Sprague's piece on the myth of the welfare queen was cited in a CNN article about how society regards poverty in the black community:
The racialization of poverty in the media began to take shape in the 1970s and 80s, when blacks became the face of government assistance programs like welfare, said Charlton McIlwain, an associate professor of media, culture and communication at New York University. Previous government programs like The New Deal were meant to help poor white Americans "who had lost their economic way and were struggling after the Great Depression, said McIlwain.
Contrast that with Ronald Regan's oft-invoked trope of the "welfare queen," the black woman who supposedly leeches offo of the government for her own needs and "black poverty had come to be seen as associated with laziness, criminality and violence," said McIlwain.