The welfare state has sectioned off large portions of different minorities within big cities across the country. Hispanic and Black mostly, these welfare enclaves are noticable and distinguished by poverty, drug use and crime. Sociologists claim many reasons for poverty and crime, and everyone knows the history of racism. Clearly much still needs to be done to erase the damaging effects of racism in America, but it's now clear that the welfare state is making the situation worse for many Blacks and Hispanics.
It's as if society as pushed this problem aside. People avoid the enclaves and they act as if they don't exist. If someone blames the welfare state that person is accused of rightwing zealotry, but it's clear that government has created a bigger problem than it intended to fix. Critics of the welfare state still insist that's its necessary and must be reformed rather than dismantled. The idea that a certain portion of minorities can't fend for themselves and must be wards of State is true of only a very small percentage -- certainly not in the numbers we see in inner cities. I don't buy that the State is their only solution. Reform is not possible through the current welfare system. This system exists for the people who make a good living off of it or gain votes from it, not to help minorities rise up out of the enclaves and become independent. Clinton's welfare to work reform is now being rolled back -- it's the nature of the State in general and the welfare system in particular to grow and protect the fiefdoms and voting blocs.
Successful minorities are now speaking out against the welfare state, and this is how change will come about.