Wednesday, the 28th of August, was the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and Rev. Martin Luther King’s celebrated “I Have A Dream” speech. Naturally, every poverty hustler and hypocrite was out in full regalia. It was a sad display of political exclusion, which yielded “the first black president” alongside the first black president. However, strangely, those who marched with Rev. King, including his niece and the nation’s only black senator, were not welcome. There have been many who failed to hear the true message and see the “Dream” of Martin Luther King.
“In the process of gaining our rights we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom, by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” – Martin Luther King August 28th 1963
Martin Luther King’s Dream was one of brotherhood, content of character, freedom and equal justice for all. He spoke of issues of poverty, but nowhere does he say that we should take from one to give to another. Like Booker T. Washington advocated, character, not skin color, was the most important thing. We have achieved many aspects of the dream he spoke of, diversity in government, schools, and economic levels. However, of brotherhood, there has been little effort toward heeding Dr. King’s words. Rev. King knew well what could and has happened. Fellow Reverends have ransomed the least among us for their power and pride leading a generation astray with them. They were all present to defame the memory of that fateful day. They’d never miss it.
“Race. There’s all this discussion of race in our world. But our world is one race. The human race.” – Julius Erving
Julius Erving, “Dr. J” said “Race. There’s all this discussion of race in our world. But our world is one race. The human race.” No truer and relevant should those words be than right now. Sadly, however, race is more an issue now than ever before. Polls show that since this president was elected, “fulfilling the Dream,” racial relations have worsened, a circumstance induced by statements such as ”Trayvon could have been me” and “the police acted stupidly.” Someone who had the opportunity to unite us has only driven us further apart.
“No greater injury can be done to any youth than to let him feel that because he belongs to this or that race he will be advanced in life regardless of his own merits or efforts.” - Booker T. Washington
The Dream has been perverted as the war between Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois, empowerment and victimhood, was decided; victimhood won. Any who have read the words of Up From Slavery would see how different they are from those of Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Self-responsibility has been replaced with bitterness and envy; but then Israel, too, had its share of false prophets.
The solution, like so many, lies with ideas discarded by the recent generations. In spite of the advances we’ve made, we must realize that we are divided because we’ve chosen to be. We must realize that in spite of our differences, economic or cultural, we are all one race. Principles and virtues are not discriminatory; they are universal matters of character. Booker T. Washington also said, “Character is power” and “Character, not circumstances, make the man.” Who we are as a nation is reflective of our government and the government has become more concerned with division instead of unity. To achieve the dream of Rev. King we must heed those words he quoted from Thomas Jefferson:
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=20916 (Time 6:20 to 6:30)
When Rev. King said “all men,” he meant equality for all as evidenced by his wish not to be judged by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character. An interesting dilemma has been posed by the likes of Al Sharpton. Was King lying when he spoke those words, or is Sharpton lying when he said the dream was to make everything equal in everybody’s house? Character isn’t equal. Nor are choices. Both dictate success and prosperity. For things to be equal in everyone’s house requires a miscarriage of justice.
At this, the 50th anniversary, we face a new decision. Do we learn from the words and deeds of the man who inspired so many, or do we follow those who have come after and divided us further? Our President and “leaders” of the civil rights movement have decided on continued division and envy. But, it’s how we respond that will lay the path which our nation will travel.
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