The War on Poverty Programs Slowed Economic Progress

Despite the grand myth that black economic progress began or accelerated with the passage of the Civil Rights laws and ‘War on Poverty’ programs of the 1960s … the fact is that the poverty rate among blacks fell from 87 percent in 1940 to 47 percent by 1960 … Over the next 20 years, the poverty rate among blacks fell another 18 percentage points … This was the continuation of a previous economic trend, but at a slower rate of progress, it was not some economic grand deliverance.

Thomas Sowell, A Legacy of Liberalism