While he claims to have substituted an "h" for the "ck" that wanted to slip out, this is perhaps the most obvious attempt to paint the picture of black people as the beneficiaries of the social safety net.
But the truth is, examples abound. I just came across another one today from right wing preacher, author, activist David Barton.
Wouldn't it be interesting to do a study between those that are on welfare and see how much and how often they read the Bible. You know, if Booker T. Washington is right that Christianity and reading the Bible increases your desires and therefore your ability for hard work; if we take that as an axiom, does that mean that the people who are getting government assistance spend nearly no time in the Bible, therefore have no desire, and therefore no ability for hard work? I could go a lot of places with this. I would love to see this proven out in some kind of sociological study, but it makes perfect sense.Notice the dog whistle there...the use of Booker T. Washington. Of course there has never been a white person who said something similar (?). And I'm sure that Mr. Barton has a storehouse full of quotes from black people that he uses when talking about most any subject < snark off >. But we all know that welfare is all about black people. And so we've implanted the vision of a black man in the context of remarks about it and have the "good negro" telling all those shiftless ones what they should do.
There is also the assumption that people are on welfare because they have no desire or ability for hard work. I guess its incomprehensible to him that the need for support might come from a lack of education/training, no jobs available, divorce, lack of affordable child care, or even health problems.
Finally, I'd just note that the word "welfare" has now come to represent any type of government assistance for most conservatives (including Medicare, SS, and Medicaid). That's because in 1997, what we once referred to as welfare was reformed and became Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. But after over 40 years of associating "welfare" with "black," why bother updating?