I’m in NC, as well. While I’ve always known a portion of blacks’ lives are government subsidized, I never knew to what degree until a few years ago. I hired a 27 yr old very healthy black man to help me do a couple of small roofing jobs. He was over 6’, around 210 lbs. and strong as an ox. I got to talking w/ him as we worked. When I asked what kind of jobs he had done before he said “None”. He had never had sustained employment...ever. He is married, the wife gets grant money to go to community college, they have five kids. He has cable tv, at least one smart phone (his) that I know of, and loves Red Lobster.
The tenant of one of the homes we roofed was a black man, in his mid 30s, I would guess. He was at home both days we were there and had an Escalade in the driveway. I asked the landlord who hired me what he did for a living. She didn’t know but told me he had 21 children by several different women. She supposed he lived off of their benefits, but didn’t really know.
I had no idea how pervasive subsidizing healthy individuals really was until I saw it with my own eyes.