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? asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 years ago

Why do Democrats continue to support the RACIST minimum wage law?

The black unemployment rate is 15.1%.

The bias of minimum wage laws against disadvantaged minorities has been conspicuous ever since 1956, when the minimum wage shot up from 75 cents to $1.00 an hour. During the next two years, nonwhite teenage unemployment spiralled from 14 to 24 percent. The [more] recent 1996 hike in the minimum wage to $5.15 an hour had a similar effect: unemployment among black male teenagers jumped from 37 to 41 percent almost immediately, at a time when the economy was doing well for almost everyone else. The state and federal increases over the last few years have contributed to the 60% youth unemployment rates in the city of Chicago. The "Lost Decade" study shows 85 percent of African American youth, 70 percent of Latino youth and 67 percent of white youth 16-19 years old were not working. Seventy-two percent of teens were not working statewide. That’s why Milton Friedman, the Nobel Prize winning economist, once called the minimum wage "the most anti-black law on the books."

14 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    I'm guessing that your point is that we have to give black citizens less than equal treatment to treat them fairly. Do I have that right?

  • 9 years ago

    the UKs employment rate rose when it introdiced a minimum wage, and with each subsequent rise, as a minimum wae provides people with the incentive to actually get a job.

    And thats ignoring the mere fact that know work deserves to be paid $2 an hour or whatever. Unless you actually think sweat shops are a good idea.

    Minimum wage mens jobs as long as the cost of the labour is less than the revenue it provides, especially as somewhere like Wal Mart can hardly outsource its shelf stacking to China. Wanting to abolish minimum wage just means wanting to skew the revenue a job provides from the employee, who actually does the work, to the owner.

  • 9 years ago

    Well, by the same logic, the Emancipation Proclamation was racist. When we had slavery, almost all the black people were working.

    Milton Friedman was a mere mortal. He wasn't right about everything. In fact, he was wrong about nearly everything. If employers won't pay minimum wage to black people, we need stronger enforcement of civil rights laws, not the return of sweat shops.

    And that's the truth. Phthui.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    have you ever lived and supported a family individuals on a minimum salary job? it is not any longer a racial element...it is an American element lately. it really is a minimum of a few thing extra useful than a 0 salary. you're fortunate in case you need to as properly get a minimum salary job. walk the walk....do not communicate the communicate.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yeah. Who needs minimum wage laws? $6 an hour is more than enough. Also, companies like Wal Mart won't lower wages just because the law says they can, Wal Mart is about the people, the employees and their families not for profit.

  • 9 years ago

    Once again - selective cherry picking of statistics (or more likely inventing them given your refusal to provide a source) combined with an argument that completely ignores the demand side of the equation.

    Funny how right wing arguments always seem to work out that the poor (and minorities in particular) need to be exploited by big business because it is to the poor's advantage to be exploited.

  • Ned
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    If the min wage wasn't supported you'd be making $2.50 an hours. You see I remember when nurses made $75 a month and that was pretty good. Buy that ipod with all that cash.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes, and it makes sense that if we abolish the minimum wage laws and allowed businesses to pay desperate people or kids half that, then surely they will hire more people instead of pocketing the additional profit. It just makes sense.

  • Crow
    Lv 5
    9 years ago


    That is a great rant.

    Want to join reality now?


    How much the federal minimum wage would be if it had kept up with inflation over the past 40 years. Instead, it’s $7.25.


    The number of times Congress passed legislation to increase the minimum wage in the last 30 years.


    The number of states (including the District of Columbia) which have raised their minimum wage above the federal level of $7.25.


    The number of states that annually increase their state minimum to keep up with the rising cost of living.


    The percentage of Americans that support gradually raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to at least $10.00 an hour, according to an October 2010 poll.


    The percentage of self-identified Tea Partiers that support raising the minimum wage to $10 in Maryland, according to a December 2010 poll.


    The percentage of Missouri voters that voted to increase and index the Misourri minimum wage in the 2006 ballot initiative.


    The federal minimum wage for tipped employees, such as waiters and waitresses, nail salon workers, or parking attendants.


    The number of states with no state minimum wage.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Liberals want big money for everything even if the job is not worth it.Look at all government construction all pay union wages we could get much more done with prevailing non union wages but they like to spend more.

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