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Myth: Since Ronald Reagan popularized the expression in 1976, the “welfare queen” has remained one of our most durable racist myths.
Fact: Most welfare recipients are white, and poor African-Americans are no more likely to draw welfare benefits than poor whites.

Many Americans would like to think that the Civil War and the Civil Rights Act effectively ended racism. They would also like to think that minority populations consume the great bulk of welfare, destroying their work ethic and creating a culture of dependency and violence. Government intervention only makes things worse with what some call “reverse” discrimination.

Despite great progress, racism remains a real problem in our country and a dispiriting force against the equality of opportunity we cherish. While we may have made some great strides, there’s still work to be done, especially in the criminal justice system.

A Brief History of African-Americans In the Military

A Brief History of African-Americans In the Military

African Americans have a long and noble history of military service, despite the fact that the armed forces were not necessarily a friendly place for black Americans to be. Black soldiers fought for our country as far back as the Revolutionary War. However, state militias began excluding African Americans in 1792.

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How Race Shaped America’s Suburbs

How Race Shaped America’s Suburbs

Ever notice that many of America’s suburbs are predominantly white? There’s a reason for that. It began in the 1930s with home loan programs that separated “good” neighborhoods from “bad” through a practice called redlining, which made it nearly impossible for minorities to get home loans.

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Racism? What Racism?

Racism? What Racism?

Myth: Since Ronald Reagan popularized the expression in 1976, the “welfare queen” has remained one of our most durable racist myths. Fact: Most welfare recipients are white, and poor African-Americans are no more likely to draw welfare benefits than poor whites....

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