I think blacks were viewed as being less than human, which is how the denial of human rights was justified. Kinda how the fetus is viewed by many today. Rights and entitlements is an interesting issue. I think that if you pay into a specific program, then you are entitled to its benefits--such as social security. We pay taxes at the gas pump, we should get a return by having better roads. I think the problem develops when one group is shouldering the cost for another group. I think everyone agrees that we don't want people starving in the streets, but a problem might arise when the one group becomes dependent on the other and gives nothing back in return.