Unequal Sisters- Class Readings for 2/9/2012

One of the readings we were assigned in class this week was “Black and White Visions of Welfare” written by Linda Gordon. This reading focused on the differences seen between black and white women’s ideas on welfare. One of the quotes that struck me most in this reading was in relation to the separation of black and white welfare reform. Gordon states “Separating the white from the black women was not me decision: The networks were almost completely segregated.”  She goes on to talk about how both national and local organization were segregated and how that effected the reform movements.  Gordon also notes, “the black groups was created in part by white racism.”  It’s interesting to think about how these reform movements would have been different had race not been such a big factor in how the organizations were run.