In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. started a multi-racial effort to put an end to poverty known as the Poor People’s Campaign. At the time, King traveled across the country to raise awareness to housing and income issues, which were often neglected by the public.
Now, Martin Luther King III is on a similar mission. And according to the Washington Times, King may soon find a partner in Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
According to the interview, King believes Washington can fight poverty without having to resort to welfare programs. Instead, he wants to give an official voice to the unheard. To address the issue, King wants Washington to have what he calls a “poverty czar.”
“I believe a poverty czar would be a beginning step to once and for all address this vast issue that does more to divide our society than anything else. A poverty czar would mobilize our country and bring religious leaders, business leaders, community leaders and elected leaders to come up with a Marshall Plan to combat poverty.”
To Paul, poverty is also a major issue. And if he’s allowed air time, he’s willing to make sure everybody is listening.
To Paul, poverty should be a priority to the next president. That’s why he has introduced a plan that would address the issue in a realistic way. With his “Economic Freedom Zones,” Paul wants to open up certain problematic areas of the country to investors and job creators by cutting the red tape. By removing heavy government presence in certain areas, Paul believes, the poor will have greater chances to succeed.
But for Paul, opening up the job market is not enough to fight poverty. Supporting school choice, restoring civil rights for nonviolent offenders, and reforming the criminal justice are also part of his presidential plan.
“There’s no evidence the war on poverty is being won,” Paul said. “It’s time for a new way.”
To King, addressing what happened in Baltimore and Ferguson includes looking at the root of the problem.
“Many are shocked by the behavior in Baltimore and Ferguson, but, as my father said, ‘Violence is the language of the unheard.’ When people have no forum, they feel no one has any way to address the issues they care about. Neither my father or I would ever condone violence—the correct way to address violence is to understand what causes it.”
The article was originally published here.