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Response to OverBurn (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 04:42 PM

30. Invented long before that - 1930's

The image of the welfare queen has its roots in the original efforts to defeat SS and AFDC in the 1930's. It was honed by RW radio in Raleigh at WRAL and moving later to TV. Jesse Helms was involved from about 1940 working for AJ Fletcher, and later becoming part owner of the station.

I first heard the welfare "queen" reference in 1954 or so. It was the same stereotype used today involving the loud black woman with the Cadillac, but she had a fur stole instead of a smartphone. The phrase used was she was acting like she thought she was the Queen. Remember the coronation of Elizabeth II had been the summer of 1953.

Jesse Helms taught Reagan how to speak racist during the 1976 GOP primaries.

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