A just system would give everyone the opportunities to live up to their full potential
When they do it for Negro and poor people they call it ‘welfare.’
The fact is that everybody in this country lives on welfare. Suburbia was built with federally subsidized credit. And highways that take our white brothers out to the suburbs were built with federally subsidized money to the tune of ninety percent. Everybody is on welfare in this country.
The problem is that we all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free enterprise capitalism for the poor.
That’s the problem.”
–Martin Luther King Jr.
This quote is from talk that King gave to a group of fellow clergy in Miami in late ’67 or ’68. The title of the address is “To Minister to the Valley.”