"Social work! I had an aunt that did social work, and she used to go and peek into people’s kitchen closets to see if they had oranges or if they had a chicken in their refrigerators. My mother always said, ‘Why can’t you be a social worker like Auntie Ida?’ I said, ‘And peek into people’s refrigerators? Look, mom. I don’t care what people have. Everybody has the right to have oranges. Everybody has the right to have a chicken. I’m not going to be the one to tell them they can’t have."
Irene Irving Paull in the 1930s, criticizing the state of social activism towards the poor [x].
It’s interesting that not much has changed, except for what we consider “luxuries” that the poor do not deserve: replace oranges with soda and chicken with steak, and you get an argument that is still commonly repeated today.