Keeping Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream Alive

Spurred on by the Occupy Wall Street movement, African-American leaders have banded together to forge the Occupy the Dream movement to highlight the widening gap between the rich and poor. Economic injustice was a focus of Dr. Martin Luther King's activism near the end of his life. Fifty years later, African-Americans and other minority groups are still disproportionately impoverished, says Dr. Benjamin Chavis Jr.

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pat g
February 18th, 2012 09:36 am

Anonymous, You should grow some cajones and use your name; but I wouldn't admit to that ignorance, either.

We have never even tried a bit of socialism here. Yes, we have welfare, but the amount of money we give to our "capitalist" businesses (usually called corporate welfare-look it up) dwarfs the measly individual welfare payment we us to keep low-income people alive.

I'm pretty sure our economic problems come from: the sucking off of all money to the 1%; underpaid workers and overpaid execs; shipping our jobs out so they can maximize profits; and starving the rest of us so they can get fatter.

It is a lack of a social safety net that has maintained poverty in our inner cities. Europe managed to become mostly middle class by denying people the ability to get uber-wealthy while paying little or no taxes.

Wake up and take the silk cloth from in front of your delicate face and realize the vast inequality in this country that has been created by the rich for the rich. 40 years of class warfare has resulted in the most unequal society we have seen on this continent.

February 15th, 2012 17:21 pm

What do you expect? The government has made so many dependent upon handouts. They have taken the incentive to work away from so many. The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families.

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