chapter  6
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Welfare Reform as Race Population Control

The ability of racism to adapt to meet the changing labor and other needs of racialized societies helps to explain why, as the United States moves deeper into a new millennium, the color line persists. As this line is redrawn it increasingly takes the form of a boundary line which enforces the sentiment that certain types of people should not be here. That is, “those people”—the racialized Other-should not be allowed to come into the United States. Moreover, so goes the sentiment, poor people of color who are here, whether immigrants or native born, should be discouraged from reproducing.