It’s been 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech. According to some influential folks in my local paper there is still much to achieve.
Here are some of the things they graded poorly:
- Education — Schools aren’t desegregated enough and bad in areas where blacks live.
- Voting — Even though black voter turnout exceed white turnout in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections (as reported by the article), the expert gives voting a “D” because the Supreme Court overturned a 1965 law requiring some states to seek Federal approval in changing voter laws.
- Wages & jobs — The inflation-adjusted minimum wage is lower and black unemployment is higher than 1963, so that’s bad.
- Poverty — The poverty rate among blacks dropped from 55 percent four years before 1963, but bounces around in the 20s. The expert gave this an “F”.
The solutions these folks proposed? More government action. I recommend these influential folks, and anybody who agrees with their solution, read the following:
1. Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? by Walter Williams.
2. Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics, now in its 4th edition.
Ben Carson had some good things to say on the subject. I thought this one about education is especially poignant:
King was a huge advocate of education and would be horrified by the high dropout rates in many inner-city high schools. He, like many others, was vilified, beaten and jailed for trying to open the doors of education to everyone, regardless of their race.
If he were alive today, he would have to witness people turning their backs on those open doors and choosing to pursue lives of crime or dependency.