8 Times the U.S. Government Gave White People Handouts to Get Ahead

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The G.I. Education Bill, Veteran Administration Housing Authority, and Health Care System
Because of these government programs, (mostly white) members of the armed forces were able to continue their education, guaranteed private housing, and granted access to a public health care system. Many of these benefits were reserved for white veterans, however. For the handful of Black veterans who could participate in these programs, their benefits were still fewer than those of their white counterparts.

 

Police and firemen, some with their wives and children, assemble on Philadelphia’s Rayburn Plaza, Nov. 13, 1956 to carry their wages and hours demand to City Council. The police and firemen are demanding an increase of $1,000 a year and a 40-hour week. (AP Photo/Sam Myers)
Police and firemen, some with their wives and children, assembled on Philadelphia’’s Rayburn Plaza, Nov. 13, 1956, to carry their wages and hours demand to City Council. The police and firemen were demanding an increase of $1,000 a year and a 40-hour week. (AP Photo/Sam Myers)

The Wagner Act of 1935
Also known as the National Labor Relations act, this legislation gave labor unions the power of collective bargaining, defined unfair work practices, and established consequences if those rules were broken. As unions excluded non-white workers from better paying jobs and benefits like health care, pension, and job security, millions of white workers were able to work their way into the middle class.

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