Why we’re marching on McDonald’s
by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and Rev. Rodney Williams
In 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. said: “We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”
American business used to be about people. It used to be about quality products and investment in long-term growth for employees, consumers and shareholders. But when large, profitable corporations like McDonald’s, General Electric, ExxonMobil and General Motors put stock-rigging maneuvers that enrich already wealthy hedge funds and executives ahead of everything else, we’re left with a morally unjust economy that shortchanges everyone else.