According to a recent Rasmussen Poll, 82% of Americans have a favorable view of MLK jr.
82%?! The others must be racists or something, right? Well, that’s not exactly true. Upon relaying this poll to some of my friends I found that more than one was not “in favor” of MLK. Why? Well, they cited his participation in the poor people’s campaign where he asked for the federal government to prioritize helping the poor with a $30 billion anti-poverty package that included a commitment to full employment, a guaranteed annual income measure, and more low-income housing. While they agree that his participation in the civil rights movement was worthy of praise, it is also worth mentioning that his record wasn’t perfect.
Personally, I don’t think his dabbling in collectivism overshadows the brilliance of the movement he led, certainly not enough for me to come out “not in favor” of him (whatever that may mean). Certainly MLK grew up in a time where legislation actively worked against him. I’m sure if I had grown up in a similar situation, I would argue for similar reparations – though it jars quite strongly with what I know to be right having been born in the late 20th century. I wonder if any of LI’s readers are knowledgeable about the poor people’s campaign and, if so, how they feel about MLK’s participation.