The effects of inequality

An opinion column in the Dec. 14 edition of the New York Times posits that the current protest demonstrations over the police killing of unarmed African American civilians and income inequality are linked.

The writer Mark Bittman, states in part, “The root of the anger is inequality, about which statistics are mind-boggling: From 2009 to 2012 (that’s the most recent data), some 95 percent of new income has gone to the top 1 percent; the Walton family (owners of Walmart) have as much wealth as the bottom 42 percent of the country’s people combined; and “income mobility” now describes how the rich get richer while the poor … actually get poorer.”

Bittman cites the $15 an-hour minimum wage movement and the right to organize a union and refers to Rev. Dr. William Barber head of the North Carolina NAACP who the writer quotes “All of these movements”? Yes: The demands of the fast-food workers movement — $15 minimum wage and a union — have helped to unite movements among airport workers, hospital workers, retail workers and more. [see NFPC This Week, #576, 7/27-8/2/2014].


For Mark Bittman’s entire column, “Is it Bad Enough Yet?” click here.