Mary Bethune lifted herself from the cotton field to the White House as an adviser to the President of the United States. Her greatest accomplishment, however, was almost single-handily building Bethune-Cookman College in 1923.
The old-money rich set up and use corporations as a means to siphon our tax money via the government "legally". It's legal because most of our elected officials in washington have been bought and pocketed by them. Politicians aren't going to go against the people who made them rich, and once rich, it's even more advantageous to make laws that benefit the rich.