Racialicious

Racialicious is a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture. Check out our updates on the latest celebrity gaffes, our no-holds-barred critique of questionable media representations. If you've been on the blog, you know how this Tumblr works, too. Including the moderation policy.
Recent Tweets @

So let’s get it straight. The fight over who does and doesn’t deserve welfare is a fight about race and always has been. In fact, it has roots that stretch all the way back to the days of neo-slavery which, after all, was not completely abolished until 1948, 13 years after welfare went national. It is also very important to recognize the profound and vicious sexism that informs the paternalistic attitude shaping welfare policy, allowing us to talk about recipients but not with them, as though they have nothing to offer to the debate.

But, maybe most importantly, while racism has been used as a weapon to attack welfare, the fight isn’t just about race.

The real fight over welfare is over workers and wages. And while the fight over workers and wages cannot be separated from our history of slavery, coolie labor, and manipulation of immigration policy to maintain a pool of highly exploitable immigrant labor, race isn’t the only thing driving the dynamic.

This is why providing benefits to white widows who would otherwise be housewives was relatively noncontroversial. But when welfare became a program that interfered with the super-exploitation of Black women, all that changed.

That’s why conservatives are so obsessed with welfare when there are so many other areas of spending that are less popular and doing so much more to drive up the deficit. A robust social safety net drives up wages, just as the threat of poverty and unemployment drives wages down. The more vulnerable we are, the more desperate we become. That, to me, is what all the fuss is about.

  1. badventist-petite reblogged this from homoerotics
  2. pensativaaa reblogged this from racialicious
  3. blackbeatnik reblogged this from racialicious
  4. olulu reblogged this from chemman9
  5. chemman9 reblogged this from ausetkmt
  6. ausetkmt reblogged this from posttragicmulatto
  7. verysherri reblogged this from posttragicmulatto
  8. lesighh reblogged this from posttragicmulatto
  9. auroraluminous reblogged this from seveneaglestar
  10. avoidgettingread reblogged this from eyeofthestory
  11. seveneaglestar reblogged this from babycakesbriauna
  12. eyeofthestory reblogged this from bronzekat
  13. bronzekat reblogged this from babycakesbriauna
  14. iknowwhythesongbirdsings reblogged this from babycakesbriauna
  15. babycakesbriauna reblogged this from posttragicmulatto
  16. posttragicmulatto reblogged this from racialicious
  17. laughingwithyouandatyou reblogged this from racialicious
  18. tylisamashilah reblogged this from sonofbaldwin
  19. tgstonebutch reblogged this from eshusplayground
  20. king-juba reblogged this from knowledgeequalsblackpower
  21. gwydionmisha reblogged this from eshusplayground
  22. alphabetsouppredictsyourdoom reblogged this from wrench-wench
  23. wackyshenanigans reblogged this from hatey-mchaterson
  24. hatey-mchaterson reblogged this from sonofbaldwin
  25. ikarishinjis reblogged this from theuntitledmag