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Charles Douglas

Can't we just honor this great man for what he meant to us and this country without politicizing the holiday honoring his memory and accomplishments? Listing what YOU think he would say now in this time period, does not make it so. You did not mention the mass killing of babies in the womb, ...why? YOUR HONOR,...IF IT PLEASE THE COURT, THE DEFENSE...........

Diane Turski

Thank you, Mr. Harrington, for the timely reminder that Dr. King's life's work has not yet been completed. It is up to all of us to be witnesses and to continue his march for justice.

Ray Taft

MLK opposed the Vietnam War. He saw it as a waste of time and money that could be used to help Americans.

President Trump feels the same way today about the establishment’s endless wars in the Middle-east, and their one-sided trade-deals that favor foreigners.

President Trump opposes abortion on demand. President Trumps knows we don’t have a country if we don’t have borders and that illegals are hurting Americans physically and financially. Unemployment for all races is at historical lows. Our economy is soaring and the best in the world. Democrats hate all of this and try to ignore it. However, President Trump is keeping his promise to all Americans to Make America Great Again.

Today’s Democrats hate; it spills out of their hearts. Democrats believe that what’s good for America is bad for them.

Today, President Trump has the support of many Christians of all races. I think MLK would support President Trump.

Bailey Jones

Speaking in the name of past heroes is always problematic - maybe MLK would have taken the positions you outline, maybe not. But I agree with your concerns. Maybe it's time to quit worrying about what MLK might have done, and do the work ourselves.

Charles Douglas

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Kelly Naschke

I wonder what Dr King would think about the year 2020 and the fact that African American unemployment is at it’s lowest level in American history and that there has never been more opportunity to rise out of poverty??

Bailey Jones

He might wonder why white supporters of Trump regard the unemployment rate among blacks (5.9% as of last month) as a successful economy when the same unemployment rate among whites during the Obama administration (12/2013) was seen as evidence of a failed economy.

Carlos Ponce

The Black (all Blacks 16+ years old) unemployment rate for Q4 2019 was 5.4% according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Whites 3.0%.

https://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cpsee_e16.htm

Whites at the end of 2016 were 4.3%, Blacks 8.4%.

https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/race-and-ethnicity/2016/home.htm

Black unemployment has decreased by 3.0 percentage points, white unemployment has decreased by 1.3 percentage points.

Kelly Naschke

I knew someone would somehow manage to tarnish the unemployment facts to suit their Trump Derangement Syndrome. Right on key Bailey, although I thought Emile Pope would be first. Good job nonetheless!!!

Bailey Jones

The latest stats are here - at Trump's bureau of labor statistics.

https://www.bls.gov/charts/employment-situation/civilian-unemployment-rate.htm

Don't blame me because Carlos can't read graphs - I've tried to teach him but he has trouble learning new things. But I'll never give up on him, so here we go:

1) Go to the URL above and see the graph of total civilian unemployment

2) In the legend just above the graph click on WHITE and BLACK or AFRICAN AMERICAN. Now you'll have 3 graphs.

3) Move your mouse to the end of the graph for black unemployment (it's the purple one). See that it says 5.9% for Dec 2019.

4) Now move your mouse along the blue graph (white unemployment) backwards until you find 5.9% - the date will be Dec 2013.

5) Now explain why 5.9% is a great economy for blacks, but a bad economy for whites.

Extra credit - note that the purple graph is always higher than the blue graph. Provide an explanation for this phenomenon. (I'll give you a hint - it's systemic racism.)

Carlos Ponce

CIVILIAN unemployment rate excludes those in the military, Bailey. Our Armed Forces have a lot of excellent men and women of African-American heritage left off of this graph. Why do want to exclude them by using this graph? The BLS chart I provided includes ALL.

Bailey Jones

I chose that data set for two reasons, Carlos. 1) It's seasonally adjusted, thus more accurate, and 2) I know how you hate socialist government jobs programs. Presumably you're not trying to say that Trump saved the economy by creating more government jobs.

But your numbers work just as well. The original question was - "what would MLK say about today's unemployment numbers?" By your numbers, the latest for African Americans is 5.4%. The last time the rate for whites was that high was the 1st QTR of 2014. Trumpsters tell me that the economy in the 1st QTR of 2014 was a BIG FAT FAIL. So, I suspect that MLK might well ask, "why is 5.4% great for blacks but not good enough for whites?"

Carlos Ponce

There's only ONE reason you chose that one, Bailey. It contained the number you posted earlier. Te rest of your post is bullstuff trying to wriggle out of your choice.

Bailey Jones

Carlos - that data set matches my earlier number because that's where I got it. I see neither you nor Kelly are going to address my point - hence your sad attempt at diversion. That's fine. Keep on MAGA'ing.

Kelly Naschke

Funny watching Bailey stand by his guns....even though his powder is all wet!

Emile Pope

Excellent article Mr. Harrington...

Emile Pope

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy." — Martin Luther King Jr.

"History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Never, never be afraid to do what's right. Especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the ones we inflict on our soul when we look the other way." — Martin Luther King Jr.

“Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK's own quotes and writings show how he would have felt about trump, his policies, and his enablers...

Keith Gray

Emile, I am sure if Dr. King was alive right now he would like a whole lot of us who support our President... and we would certainly like him as well.

Emile Pope

You have no idea what you’re talking about...

Emile Pope

Tell me how he would support putting children in cages. Or how he would support rounding up and deporting asylum seekers. Or starting wars in foreign country. Or taking away people’s healthcare...

Carlos Ponce

"Tell me how he would support putting children in cages." Obama started it, Trump inherited it. Trump ended it.

"Or how he would support rounding up and deporting asylum seekers." 90% of those CLAIMING they are seeking asylum - aren't. They're lying. They got deported.

"Or starting wars in foreign country." There's no war. Emile is making this up or is very ignorant of what actually transpired in Iraq.

"Or taking away people’s healthcare..." Obama did that. "You can keep your healthcare, your doctor, and health costs will be $2000 per year lower." Obama LIED. Now Democrats want to remove company provided healthcare. Emile has things BACKWARDS - as usual.

Keith Gray

Because he believed in folks working, and you see a cage... others see separate areas with televisions and x box... that President Obama also allowed, that you never seem to post. I would think he would want our Federal Government to protect the US citizens. And, you certainly don't have a monopoly on what Dr. King would have thought.

Bailey Jones

Many of the president's supporters (and the president himself) can't even tolerate a silent protest at the preamble to a football game - somehow I doubt they could handle someone as eloquent and outspoken as Dr. King.

Carlos Ponce

They protest on a false premise.

Bailey Jones

.... and there it is.

Emile Pope

And just who decided it was a “false premise”? Oh yeah, right...

Carlos Ponce

Not "who" but "what". The FACTS, Emile. Colon Kaepernick's false premise was that all police are "bad guys" and that they were killing Blacks on purpose with racist intent. But the FACTS are that an overwhelming majority were exonerated either by a grand jury or a jury of their peers or judge when tried. Take the case of officer Darren Wilson who was not only exonerated by a grand jury but also cleared by Eric Holder's Justice Department based on testimony from African - American eyewitnesses. Take Freddie Gray. Six officers (three Black and three white) were cleared in his death. etc.

The very few officers who killed without merit have been tried and punished.

Bailey Jones

Emile, Carlos doesn't support the rights of people who don't agree with him. It's a Trump thing.

Carlos Ponce

Wrong, Bailey. I respect everyone's rights but I must call them out when they are WRONG.

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