John Smithson had denied being a racist when asked by myself if he viewed African-Americans to be his equals, but then there are articles like the one he wrote today, where Smithson states that the president, whom he called a "dummy wannabe intellectual," is being used by the "Marxist White Man," later writing that Obama is doing the bidding of his white "masters."
According to Smithson, the welfare system has destroyed the "Black family," doing nothing more then subsidize their drug addictions. Smithson argues that the health care reform bill, and this new financial reform bill, are a return to the supposed welfare state of 30 years ago.
Seeing that Smithson places the blame on Obama, I thought it would be interesting to look at the figures during other presidencies. Here are a couple graphs, depicting the percentage of Americans on welfare since 1960:
While welfare recipients rose slightly during the Democratic administrations of the sixties, as soon as a Republican took office, the numbers jumped. They fell slightly under President Carter, and remained rather steady during the Reagan administration, but check out the steep drop under President Clinton!
How about Smithson's assertion that black people used welfare to fund their drug habits? According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy's 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, illicit drug use by African-Americans was 9.8% while whites were at 8.5% - not too much of a difference there.
I guess white people's drug use isn't related to welfare, or maybe African-Americans get that 1.4% boost from their benefits checks. It is interesting that conservative activists like to paint Obama as some sort of dunce, despite the fact that he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Harvard Law School. These same people were adamnt in defending President Bush, who was mostly a "C" student at Yale. Go figure...
Update - May27th, 2010 - In response to this article, John Smithson mentioned he did not recall telling this website he was not a racist. Smithson responded on an April 20th article stating so: