Ellison: Income Inequality Had No Place in MLK’s Vision

‘Income inequality is the greatest challenge of our time. We must face it as bravely as Martin Luther King Jr. faced the great challenges of his time,’ Ellison said.

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison / Patch file photo
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison / Patch file photo
Fifth District Congressman Keith Ellison said Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an opportunity to advocate for raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance and other initiatives aimed at reducing income inequality.

Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement:

“Martin Luther King, Jr. spent his life fighting for racial equality and economic justice for working families. He was killed in Memphis in 1968 while supporting the city’s sanitation workers in their quest for a fair wage and labor rights. He knew the difference between ‘making it’ and ‘surviving’ in America.

“Forty-six years after Dr. King’s death, too many Americans work full time but still live below the poverty line. Inequality has increased, while bad trade deals and stagnating wages have put the American dream out of reach for families who work hard and play by the rules. During the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, protesters called for a $2 per hour minimum wage, nearly $15 in 2013 dollars, which is double the current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

“Dr. King believed poverty and racial inequality could be defeated by policies focused on people. It is in pursuit of his vision for our nation that we work to invest in working families by raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance, creating good jobs and closing the achievement gap in our public schools.

“Income inequality is the greatest challenge of our time. We must face it as bravely as Martin Luther King Jr. faced the great challenges of his time.”

G WAYNE January 20, 2014 at 08:57 PM
Tell US Elliason, what one job have you created? . ACA, raising the minimum wage , regulations all are part of your job market decline agenda The left blames others for jobs sent to the East. What will $10 per hour send the job market? Your next move? lower more standrds?
Daniel January 20, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Ellison is just an opportunist looking to further his ambitions through race-baiting and pandering entitlement crowd.
Jeffrey J Worden January 21, 2014 at 07:21 AM
There has always been stratification of society. Often the happiest among us are those with less. Since when did having money or wealth equal a meaningful happy existence. I never trust a politician that subscribes to confiscating others money, when they suffer no consequences for being wrong
Mike B. January 21, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Ellison's only "idea" is to redistribute income so that everyone is poor. Ellison has about as much to offer as that other "community organizer" occupying the White House. Thank goodness I am not a Minneapolis resident. How embarrassing it would be to have Ellison as a U.S. congressman.
Mike B. January 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Ellison's comments promote jealously and greed. And MLK is certainly not the person who should be looked up to. King made JFK look like an angel when it came to cheating on his wife. FBI files on King clearly show that King constantly cheated on his wife.
Daniel January 22, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Amy: I fail to see your point about minimum wage. I agree inflation is out of control, but the higher wages go the more things cost. The real solution is stricter criteria for admission to colleges. Not everyone should go to college. It should be earned. Too many people with rubber stamp degrees that believe they are worth $60,000/year for the most basic entry-level jobs.
Mike B. January 22, 2014 at 06:27 PM
By the way.... I wonder if Ellison ever paid off the mountain of parking tickets he collected.
Mike B. January 22, 2014 at 07:41 PM
The LBJ so-called Great Society was a great failure in the opinion of most people. All of the social programs and so-called "advances" of 1964 and 1965 were failures, and many were promoted by MLK. Most Americans would like to "turn back the clock" to the American society we had in the 1950s, where the family unit was intact (both black and white), where the streets were safe, and the "Ozzie and Harriet" family did in fact exist for most Americans.
Mike B. January 23, 2014 at 12:57 PM
The previous poster's (Mr. Paddock) comment can be summarized in one word... a centrally-planned economy, determined by social engineers and hack community activists such as Ellison and the person occupying the White House.
Mike B. January 23, 2014 at 05:48 PM
Mr. Paddock, sorry to hear that you have given up, and are unable to defend the sorry record of liberals and socialists. Liberalism is indeed impossible to defend.


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