What has a half century of government welfare done for the black community? Yes, we’ve been told government programs comprising the social safety net are meant to help people. But why is it, with the profession of “good intentions”, do we stop looking at things critically? Why are so many so eager to accept the good intentions and not look any further? Let us not approach anything in the political realm with static thinking, since that is not how independent thought works.
Politics is a constant battle. It’s primary operation involves two things: (1) peddling influence and (2) spending other people’s money. In this battle, one of the greatest weapons all politicians share is making the world of politics so ugly and revolting that ordinary people avoid it. In doing so, the politicians can do anything they want in the open and only selective shenanigans are brought to light.
Another vital weapon in modern politics is a compliant press. The myth of the objective journalist breeds agenda driven narratives. We all tend to keep informed by those news sources which confirm our view. Most people, whether they realize it, fall into one of two major camps. Both sides accuse the other of bias, dishonesty, mal intent, and other evils. In this way we are constantly distracted with just enough scandals to keep our attention off the big picture. We allow ourselves to get lost in controversies and accusations while the landscape changes around us.
But an honest look at the results of public policies can clarify things, if we are willing to look. A welfare system ostensibly meant to help does not seem to be designed to help. It seems to be designed to keep poor people in poverty. So tell me, black community, are you better off after half a century of government welfare?
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