We’re reaping the harvest of this failure today.

While America refused to do anything for the black man at that point (after slavery), during that very period, the nation, through an act of Congress, was giving away millions of acres of land in the west and the mid-west, which meant that it was willing to under gird its white peasants from Europe with an economic floor. Not only did they give the land, they built land grant colleges for them to learn how to farm. Not only that it provided county agents to further their expertise in farming and went beyond this and came to the point of providing low interest rates for these persons so that they could mechanize their farms, and today many of these persons are being paid millions of dollars a year in federal subsidies not to farm and these are so often the very people saying to the black man that he must lift himself by his own bootstraps…Well that appears to me to be a kind of socialism for the rich and rugged hard individualistic capitalism for the poor. — MLK, “The Other America”

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