Right to Work?September 16, 2015
The annual veto legislative session in Missouri started today, bringing legislators, lobbyists, and activists into downtown Jefferson City after several quiet months near the Capitol. Legislators will consider several important bills, but the so-called 'right-to-work' legislation will likely attract the most attention.
'Right-to-work' laws remain the poisoned fruit of an ugly, bitter tree. Given its original purpose, Missouri legislators should reject 'right to work.' As I argued in my sermon at the Churchnet Annual Gathering in April, we must do more than just avoid being personally racist; we must also work to remove systemic racism.
Defending 'right to work' as clean despite its original purpose is like defending the KKK today as merely as civic organization because they no longer lynch people and now pick up trash along highways. If proponents of the effort wish to advance their economic goals, they should return to the drawing board and create new legislative proposals rather than borrowing from the playbook of a shameful period of our nation's history.