Gaurav Singh Poverty in the US 114006240 Response Paper 8 As per our discussion in class on Thursday, we learned that the notion of race can never be divorced from public welfare policy. During the 1970’s, there began to be an increase in the “racialization” of poverty policy. Government officials and policy makers purposefully integrated race into their policies, targeting African-American families. The intrusion of the state led to a restructuring and often deterioration of the black household. This notion of race influencing public policy has plagued the country for far too long and must come to an end. Policies pertaining to poverty must aim to aid families in need, and those who cannot afford the basic necessities of life. Often times, those people in need of aid are African-American. This may be why policymakers integrate race into poverty and welfare policies. I believe that basing policies on race is unfair to both the particular race as well as the nation. The concept of racially based policies can be similar to blaming a race for the
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