Dr. Boyce Watkins On The Conflict Over Income Inequality, Dr. King’s Radical Economic Message
Roland Martin To Herman Cain: Your Endorsement Makes No Sense
There’s a growing conflict between rich and poor in America. A poll this month from the Pew Research Center finds that about two thirds of the public — that’s 66 percent — believe there are very strong or strong conflicts between the rich and the poor. That’s up 19 points since 2009. When you break that down — that increase, if you will, Black folks believe there are conflicts between rich and poor. That increased by 8 percent, but for White Americans, the increase was 22 percent. This conflict over “income inequality,” as the Democrats call it, or “class warfare,” as the Republicans see is, is already a major theme of the 2012 election.
This battle has been going on in America for years, and one of the foremost generals in that war was a man we honor this month, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Yet, why have we chosen to portray Dr. Kling as a soft, gentle, go-along-to-get-along civil rights leader, as opposed to the radical force for change?
Syracuse University professor Boyce Watkins — he reminded us this week that Dr. King was way more than just the man of peace we remember. He was a[n] uncompromising warrior for economic justice.
Dr. Boyce Watkins joined Roland Martin on Washington watch to discuss the conflict over income inequality and Dr. King being a radical force for change.