Yesterday was Martin Luther King day. That actually led me to think some more about the Occupy Movement and their slogan, the 99%.
Movements for economic justice have repeatedly had their backs broken over the race issue. In the 19th century, the surging Populist Movement tried to ignore race and bring poor whites and blacks together. But it was destroyed in the South over race. We limped into the 20th century without major reforms although the Progressive Movement that brought Woodrow Wilson to the White House enacted pieces of the Populist creed and the Roosevelt Administration enacted more.
But the Roosevelt Administration also steered clear of race in ways that would have an enormous impact on America. Read the rest of this entry »