The Roots of Symbolic Racism III: Ronald Reagan, 1976

New York Times (1/9/77)

Follow-Up on the News: ‘Welfare Queen’

Ronald Reagan, from his stump speech in the 1976 presidential election:

There’s a woman in Chicago.  She has 80 names, 30 addresses, 12 Social Security cards and is collecting veterans benefits on four nonexisting deceased husbands.  And she’s collecting Social Security on her cards.  She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps and she is collecting welfare under each of her names.  Her tax-free cash income alone is over $150,000.

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