Muslim congressman’s extortion: Minimum wage hike will make blacks less hostile

There’s no extortion like progressive extortion.

On ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, America’s first Muslim Congressman, Keith Ellison, D-Minn., appeared on ABC’s “This Week” argued that raising the national minimum wage would reduce black and Hispanic hostility to the police officers patrolling their communities.

“This is gonna help the issue of racial justice,” he said. “Huge percentages of black and Latino people are making below the minimum wage and I believe this is fueling part of the problems we’ve been seeing in urban America with issues between bad interactions between police and community.”

Ellison mentioned Sandra Bland, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray, implying that somehow an increased minimum wage would have prevented their deaths.

“If you raise people’s pay, give them a livable wage, they are not gonna have all these negative reactions,” he said.

Bland, who committed suicide by hanging herself in a Texas jail three days after her controversial July 10 arrest, had just been hired as a student adviser at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University in Texas. It’s doubtful she was making the minimum wage.

It’s even more doubtful that the minimum wage came into play in Eric Garner’s illegal cigarette vending business on Staten Island before he died after resisting arrest

And Baltimore drug dealer Freddie Gray wasn’t punching a clock for the minimum before his death in police custody in April.

So what Ellison was really implying was that the kind of “black lives matter” unrest that followed the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers who arrested Garner, or the riots that racked Baltimore after Gray’s death, could be bought off with a minimum wage increase.

Liberals call that logic. Honest people call it extortion.

The Twitterverse saw right through Ellison’s argument.

Carmine Sabia


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