In our society it is murder, psychologically, to deprive a man of a job or an income. You are in substance saying to that man that he has no right to exist. You are in a real way depriving him of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, denying in his case the very creed of his society. Now, millions of people are being strangled in that way. The problem is international in scope. And it is getting worse, as the gap between the poor and the “affluent society” increases…
Martin Luther King, Jr. The Trumpet of Conscience (1968).
Thanks so much to Chris Hayes for this. I had never heard nor seen it before. Powerful!
Dr. King would have been both horrified and yet not shocked, I fear, to find that this problem continues. Awareness has changed. But has the outrage?
Beautifully said, and yet a horrible truth. I cannot understand that anyone might think forcing anyone to poverty could be anything but deeply wrong.
Every person who is laid off, or whose employer is shut down -- including abortion clinics. Every city hemorrhaging people because no jobs exist. Everyone having to work multiple jobs because minimum wage isn't enough to live on.
I could go on and on. I bet you know people for every instance. It is WRONG.
We need to right matters. We -- the people of the whole world.