The Underclass, Welfare and Work
Scenes from a ghetto.
Alice Sondra Jackson, a 23-year-old unmarried mother, living in Newark, N.J., and pregnant with her third child, tells journalist Bill Moyers: “I don't think I would have had the second two children, if I didn't think welfare was there, 1 don't like welfare because it makes me lazy.”
Bill Moyers: “It does?”
Jackson: “Yeah, it makes you lazy just to sit around and wait for a monthly check to come in. You know, I just like to work, I like money coming every week or every two weeks.”
Timothy McSeed, the unemployed, 26-year-old father of Jackson's children and of three others by as many other women –none of whom he supports: “Well, the majority of the mothers arc ...