Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy has been twisted by various interest groups and white washed since his assαssination. The new movie “Selma” is the latest in a string of movies intended to clarify King’s life and beliefs. Still, this will probably have little impact on people who seek to use King’s life for their own political purposes.
As we head toward the King holiday, an anti-immigration group is using Dr. King’s legacy to fight illegal immigration.
“Was that Dr. King’s dream?” asks the ad produced by Californians for Population Stabilization, which began airing this week.
The ad asks how Dr. King “would feel about 19 percent of African-Americans unemployed or underemployed? About giving amnesty and work permits to four million illegal aliens with so many Americans jobless? About admitting one million more immigrant workers in 2015 when 13 percent of Hispanic Americans are having trouble finding work? About Americans of all races not seeing a real wage increase in decades?”
The ad highlights that not only is African-American unemployment higher than whites, but it’s also higher than Hispanics.
“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. promoted equal treatment for all Americans. But President Obama is putting the interests of immigrant workers ahead of American workers who want jobs,” said Joe Guzzardi, a spokesman for the group, according to the Washington Examiner.
He continued: “The president’s policies are disproportionately harming the most vulnerable American workers who, more often than not, are minority Americans. Maybe the president and those in Congress pushing for more immigrant workers have lost sight of Dr. King’s dream?”
What do you think? Is this an effort to divide the black and brown vote or do illegal immigrants really threaten job prospects for African-Americans?