The US Å“war on poverty,” declared by former US president Lyndon Johnson 50 years ago, was a Å“hollow” effort by Johnson who Å“had no real intention of ending poverty,” a political commentator in Washington says.
According to government data, Americaâ„¢s poverty rate is now about 16 percent, with some 47 million Americans living below the poverty line. That share of Americans in poverty is slightly lower than it was in 1964 and has been flat in the post-recession years.
Å“The war on poverty was never meant to solve the problems of poverty caused by structural racism, capitalism and a predatory system that only serves the rich,” said Randy Short, a member of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization.
Å“The war on poverty was meant to trick the rest of the world into seeing the American system as the best way for people to live,” Short told Press TV on Thursday.
Johnsonâ„¢s pro-war and anti-black policies actually increased poverty, Å“making the people who are already poor, poorer, he added.
Johnson vastly expanded the numbers and roles of the American military in Vietnam following the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, which was based on a false pretext, as Johnson later admitted.
Major urban riots in black neighborhoods also began during the Johnson administration, beginning in 1964 and extending to 1971. The biggest wave of riots came in April 1968, when riots occurred in over a hundred cities in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King.
Å“This war on poverty is a lie, itâ„¢s a sham, it was never meant to solve the problems, it was never meant to fulfill the things that it allegedly wanted to do,” Short said.
Source: Press TV