In the past two months 60,000 mothers and 23,000 children have been summarily struck off State welfare rolls in Louisiana, USA.
In the past two months 60,000 mothers and 23,000 children have been summarily struck off State welfare rolls in Louisiana, USA. Almost all are negroes. Reports of starvation, destitution and hopelessness pour in from all over the state to the Urban League of New Orleans, a bi-Racial civic group leading welfare work, who describe the victims plight as a "disaster situation".
A number of unmarried mothers have tried to give their children away to more fortunate Negro families. More and more waifs are being left on church and orphanage steps. Children have joined Negro beggars scavenging the dustbins for edible scraps The situation is critical.
In a campaign to "clean up the welfare mess", Governor James D Davis - composer of the song "You are my Sunshine" - navigated a new law through Louisiana State Legislature whereby relief for dependent families was cut, and in many cases stopped altogether. Governor Davis has been pressing his campaign with puritan zeal. He declares that his aim is to "clean up the baby factories and discourage those who produce illegitimate children as a business".
Our reporter visited New Orleans September 5 to obtain a special report on the situation, during which he interviewed welfare workers, an unmarried mother, and Judge Leander Perez.
Interview with female welfare worker: (SOF)
Interview with unmarried mother:
Interview with male social worker:
Interview with Judge Leander Perez: (in New Orleans)