This page is the portal for the african american website it contains a summary of ssa's benefits and services as well as other activities that ssa does in support of african americans. Social security disability and survivors' benefits are particularly critical for african americans, who are more likely to become disabled or die while their children are still minors this is the world we live in. Because social security taxes squeeze out private savings and investment, the result is a growing wealth gap, with blacks falling further and further behind the debate over social security reform is vital to all americans, but no group has as much at stake as do blacks african-american seniors are. One of the most visible acts of government discrimination against african americans is the social security act of 1935 a history professor at columbia university described the united states government with this perfect phrase: the jim crow south was the one collaborator america's democracy could not due without (coates. History of social security in the united states jump to these low grant levels made it impossible for african american mothers to not work:.
African americans on average have two characteristics that are disadvantageous under social security: shorter life expectancy and a lower marriage rate but they also have traits that lead to greater benefits under social security: a higher disability rate, more survivors receiving benefits, and lower average wages. American history distorted: how lawrence o'donnell unintentionally shows why contemporary leftist-style liberalism is wrong. Perhaps no group has as much at stake in the debate over social security reform as do african americans elderly african americans are much more likely than their white counterparts to be.
Social security, like other social insurances, is an example of a universal program, because american citizens are entitled to participate in the program as a social right2 in other words, program participation in not based on financial need. The segregated origins of social security: african americans and the welfare state on free shipping on qualifying offers the relationship between welfare. The segregated origins of social security: african americans and the welfare state by mary poole (chapel hill: university of north carolina press, 2006 xi 258 pp $5995, cloth $2250, paper) this is a long overdue book: since completing my dissertation thirty years ago, i have wanted to have a full description and explanation of the.
2 african american perspectives on the social security system program benefits and expectations african americans are more likely than whites to believe that the. Patricia turner, uc-davis professor of african-american studies, author of i heard it through the grapevine : rumor in african-american culture, said that this rumor is entirely unfounded, but understandable: the social security number theory's got that sort of element of the government waiting to track balck people. One criticism of social security is that it is unfair to african-americans and other minorities, which implies that it is not an important program for them nothing could be further from the truth social security: essential for minorities. The african american community has its own specific health concerns - which also results in specific issues that must be understood when looking at african americans and social security disability.
In a social security briefing paper, shelton declares that almost 80 percent of african americans over age 65 depend on social security for more than half of their income, and more than half rely. Furthermore, the social security act excluded those job categories blacks traditionally filled the story in agriculture was particularly grim since 40 percent of all black workers made their living as sharecroppers and tenant farmers, the agricultural adjustment administration (aaa) acreage reduction hit blacks hard. Social security, on the other hand, effectively transferred income from blacks to whites because blacks have a lower life expectancy and pay a disproportionate share of taxes on earnings meanwhile, a white backlash had decimated the war on poverty programs within a decade.
Social security is even more central to the economic security of african americans maintaining the adequacy of social security by improving it so that it can better meet the needs of america's seniors is essential. Two steps back african americans and latinos will lose ground under social security reform by ross eisenbrey and william spriggs the united airlines pension debacle, the president's social security proposal, and the coming debate about tax incentives for saving are all prompting a re-examination of us retirement policies and programs. Disparate impact social security and african americans by michael tanner michael tanner is director of the cato institute project on social security privatization and.