Warren wrote: ↑29 Dec 2020, 19:10
Reagan certainly didn't invent "Welfare Queens". It was a common idiom at the time.
I acknowledge that he didn't invent it. But he did make it a meme, and he's the one who racialized the language behind it. He's also the one who went to the location of the Mississippi Burning murders and made a speech about states rights, to an audience who would have understood that very well to be an attack on the Civil Rights movement.
Certainly there were consequences to the CCA and WOD, but I don't think there is a credible case that they were intended to repress black people.
The crack/cocaine sentencing disparity. Pushing "crack babies" and "predator criminals" in his speeches about drugs. Amending the Comprehensive Drug Abuse and Control Act to allow police departments to seize assets without trial, allowing them to shake down poor people in cities, who were mostly minorities. The guy built his political movement on racist dog whistles, and when he won, he came through with plenty of laws that hit minorities significantly harder than white people.
OTOH the CRA is specifically designed to disproportionately impact black people.
You realize the CRA of 1964 was the one that banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin, right? It only disproportionately impacted Black people because racist policies disproportionately impacted Black people. Your argument is like saying rape laws are biased in favor of women because most rape victims are female.
If we're talking in terms of policy impact, he's got a good case for second most racist.