Lecture 13 . When Affirmative Action was White

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When Affirmative Action was White – Ira Katznelson There is a structural element to the whole situation. The Social Security Act, Fair labor  Standards Act, etc. all excluded black members because the category of farm and domestic  workers was excluded. This way, the Democrats can pass it, only because Southern Democrats  wanted the benefits to be given only to whites not blacks. Katznelson notes on this exclusion.  During 1935-37, where the SSA explicitly excluded agricultural workers and domestic workers  which included the most number of African American workers, and this did not change until the  1950s. The question poses, why would white Southern Democrats want to exclude the group of  African Americans? The Fair labor standards Act leverages against the economic system in which  unemployment insurance,and aid to children with widowed mothers. This is a structural 
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