chapter  4
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Welfare Racism as a Defense Against Challenges to White Supremacy

The racist stereotypes and negative controlling images of welfare recipients revealed in these three cases have roots that were evident in whites’ objections to black participation in mothers pension and Aid to Dependent Children programs. With the help of the events we will describe in this chapter, such stereotypes and controlling images were further reinforced and became indelibly ensconced in white racial thinking across the nation. They helped welfare racism make its transition from largely a manifestation of states’ rights to a shaper of national politics. Today welfare racist attitudes both shape welfare policy and are reinforced by welfare policy itself in its function as ideology.