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Lyndon B. Johnson
Embrace all children as 'ours'
Embrace all children as 'ours'

How can we stop the cycle of poverty in neighborhoods like Sandtown? One step Americans can take is to try regarding the black kids in the ghetto, the Hispanic kids in the barrio, and the Native American kids on the reservation as "our kids." Their problems are our problems. As has been noted by historians, much of the opposition to federal and state spending on programs to benefit low-income and poor Americans is the belief among many whites that the money will be going to racial minorities (despite the fact that the overwhelming percentage of government subsidy programs benefit white people). I recall how President Lyndon Johnson focused on helping poor whites in Appalachia...