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States with higher black populations, like Mississippi, are more likely to have restrictive eligibility policies for public assistance programs, which predominantly impacts low-income black women and their families. Photo courtesy Red Squared Production

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Exploding the Myth of the ‘Welfare Queen’

High poverty means that Mississippi gets a lot of federal assistance—but the "Becoming Visible" report shows that those in poverty often do not use the programs intended to help them ...


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