As the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington approaches, pundits are analyzing the outcome of the civil rights movement. Conservative columnist George Will said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that a breakdown of the African American family was more to blame for today’s problems in the black community than a lack of rights.
Democratic strategist Donna Brazile said that if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, he would still be marching.
“Marching to raise the minimum wage, to ensure that workers could organize,” she said. “He would be marching for the same values that he marched for 50 years ago.”
Dan Balz, chief correspondent at the Washington Post, said that progress had been made over the past 50 years.
“We forget that this was the March for Jobs and Justice,” Balz said. “There has been tremendous progress, there’s no question about that, in all the ways we’re talking about. But the persistence of the gap between white wealth and black wealth, white income and black income, is something that has stayed almost constant for the past two decades.”
But Will disagreed with the panel’s opinion on voting rights.
“That to which you refer were foreshadowed by something eight months after the march,” Will said. “A young social scientist from Harvard working in the Labor Department published a report. His name was Daniel Patrick Moynahan. He said, ‘There is a crisis in the African American community, because 24 percent of African American children are born to unmarried women. Today it’s tripled to 72 percent. That, and not an absence of rights, is surely the biggest impediment.”
Watch the segment here via Raw Story: