The Racist Roots of Work Requirements: Where Do We Go From Here?

As the Center for the Study of Social Policy explained in a report released last year, work requirements are rooted in a long history of anti-Black racism, going back to slavery. To this day, racist myths underlie assumptions that people do not want to work, and need to be forced to work by public policy. This virtual, livestreamed conversation explored the history of work requirements, the reality of labor force participation, and where we should go from here.