The 'civil right' to a job has history behind it

Monday, January 15, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

MLK and clergyPromising job numbers in the black community continue to make economic news, and a conservative commentator says it's a fitting topic on the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. 

"People forget that the original march on Washington that Martin Luther King spoke at was organized because people were complaining about the job situation in the United States," recalls Horace Cooper of Project 21.

In fact, a "What We Demand" list circulated at the 1963 march requested job training for unemployed blacks and whites; suggested a national minimum wage of $2; asked Congress to broaden the Fair Labor Standards Act; and asked Congress to pass a federal law law barring discriminiation in government jobs at the federal, state, and local level. 

Good jobs are the "core civil right" in America, Cooper says, pointing to economic figures that show black unemployment is 6.8 percent after floating in double digits during the Obama administration.

Cooper

"And the wonderful thing that we can see today is you're going to start seeing in February more money in your pocket," Cooper says, referring to tax cuts passed by Congress. "And I promise you, you're going to see people saying there is more money at the end of the month than month at the end of the money."

The new job numbers caught the attention of Creators columnist Star Parker, who writes in a Jan. 12 column that 6.8 percent is the lowest since 1972.

She went on to praise Trump for courting black voters during his campaign after black unemployment peaked at 16 percent in 2010.

Cooper says the new numbers are not just good for black Americans, but the economy as a whole.

"You're going to see more people buying cars. You're going to see more people sending their kids to the schools that they want, buying homes," he continues. "This is really what people were really talking about when they say Make America Great Again."

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