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Monday, January 16, 2012

MLK on Welfare in America

Heard this quote being discussed on TV today:

"Whenever the government provides opportunities and privileges for white people and rich people they call it ‘subsidies.’ When they do it for Negro and poor people they call it ‘welfare.’ The fact is that everybody in this country lives on welfare. Suburbia was built with federally subsidized credit. And highways that take our white brothers out to the suburbs were built with federally subsidized money to the tune of ninety percent. Everybody is on welfare in this country. The problem is that we all too often have socialism for the rich and rugged free enterprise capitalism for the poor. That’s the problem."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr

On MLK Day everyone likes to align alongside Dr. King's ideals, but the truth is that he held beliefs that cannot be casually endorsed by everyone - particularly politicians. It's always funny to see major political figures dance around honoring Dr. King's memory while avoiding many of the beliefs that contributed to his accomplishments.

So that quote is food for thought on Martin Luther King Day, and I hope everyone reading this had a great day - hopefully by making it a day on, not a day off.

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