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Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise

The Myth of the Welfare Queen

Clip: Season 1 | 2m 26s

In the late 1970s, Reagan perpetuated the myth of African Americans taking advantage of the welfare system, and advocated cutting social services to aid the economy. Learn about the impact of this divisive rhetoric in Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise, Nov. 15 & 22 on PBS.

Aired: 11/15/16

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

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