The ghettos were regarded as extremely dangerous and disgusting, and Johnson knew something must be done."At the heart…was a methodical, reasoned, diagnostic core that not only described the grim economic circumstances in black America but offered an analysis of their underlying causes.Johnson claimed that blacks were trapped in an "in inherited, gateless poverty" (Katznelson 17)."Unfortunately, racial discrimination has contributed historically to blacks having lower incomes than whites" (Sowell 118).These facts included shocking revelations, such as the fact that the unemployment rate for blacks was twice as high as it was for whites, and nearly 25% of African-Americans were out of work at some point during the years 1955,19 (Katznelson 15-16).Johnson also noted how poverty forced the African-Americans to migrate further into the city and live in the ghettos (Katznelson 16).
Johnson realized that the African-American economy had never truly recovered from this, and in a famous keynote speech at Howard University, outlined these "facts of American failure" (Katznelson 15).
Because of the Civil Rights movement, jobs for African-Americans were few and far-between.
This causes severe poverty in the black sections of cities, which was noticeably different than their white counterparts (Katznelson 12-13).
This quote eloquently describes Johnson’s first major pro-civil rights speech.
African-Americans were thrilled by Johnson’s stance on black poverty and civil rights in general.
The feeling is strengthened as you age, and is passed down from generation to generation (Kennedy para 7).