Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Was Right — Opposition To Democracy Is Linked To Support Of Racial Inequality

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. warned back in1963 that the fight to end systemic racism is directly linked to the fate of democracy, while at the March on Washington.
  • Writing for The Washington Post, three political science professors revealed the results of a study that shows Dr. King was correct: voters who support racial inequality also tend to hold anti-democratic views.
  • “For this reason, and as King argued, advancing racial equality and renewing U.S. democracy go hand in hand,” authors of the study concluded.

Matthew Chapman from Rawstory writes:

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. warned that the fight to end systemic racism is directly linked to the fate of democracy. “When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir,” he said at the 1963 March on Washington. “It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.”

On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, political science professors Jesse Rhodes, Raymond La Raja, Tatishe Nteta, and Alexander Theodoridis revealed the results of a study that clearly lays out Dr. King was correct: voters who support racial inequality, or at least deny that it exists, tend to also hold anti-democratic views.

“In a survey of a nationally representative sample of 1,000 American adults fielded Dec. 14 to 20, we asked respondents about their views on racism in American society — specifically, whether they agreed that White people enjoy advantages based on skin color or that racial problems were isolated situations, and whether they were angry that racism exists (items from the FIRE scale, which stands for fear, institutionalized racism, and empathy),” wrote the authors. “We also asked about their perceptions of the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election and their views on the events of Jan. 6…”

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