Saturday, August 24, 2013

The dream continues

The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther Kings I have a dream speech is coming. I would love to say things are changing and to a degree they are. But considering how things like the gutting of the voting rights act happened and the erosion of people rights to vote done by the GOP are happening we still have a long way to go. But these words need to still be said. Here is a copy of the text of the speech. May someday soon every man, women of every race, sexual preference, color be treated equally.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beckoning light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later the Negro is still not free. One hundred years later the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.
One hundred years later the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.
One hundred years later the Negro is still languishing in the comers of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land.
We all have come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to change racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice ring out for all of God's children.
There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted citizenship rights.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
And the marvelous new militarism which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers have evidenced by their presence here today that they have come to realize that their destiny is part of our destiny.
So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its Governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and before the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the mount with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the genuine discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, pray together; to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom forever, )mowing that we will be free one day.
And I say to you today my friends, let freedom ring. From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the mighty Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only there; let freedom ring from the Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain in Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill in Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, we're free at last!"


Robert E Wilson said...

There’s always a lot of big talk from you when it comes to racism and you repeatedly post this speech as if in some way, it puts you on Martin Luther King’s side.

No matter how many times you post this, it doesn’t hide the fact that your point of view about race is not the same as Dr. King’s.
It is the Left that tells blacks that they are victims (as you do all the time in your blog). It is the Left that created the “War on Poverty” that led to the disintegration of the black family unit.

“In 1960, 5 percent of America’s children entered the world without a mother and father married to each other. By 1980 it was 18 percent, and by 2000 it had risen to 33 percent. Today, the number is 41 percent. For blacks, out-of-wedlock births have gone from 25 percent in 1965 to 73 percent today. The ethnic group with the next-highest percent of births to unmarried mothers is that of Native Americans, at 66 percent. For whites, out-of-wedlock births stand at 29 percent. For Hispanics, out-of-wedlock births are at 53 percent.” – Larry Elder ‘The Left’s War on Father’s Day’ 06-06-2013.

A large majority of men in prison grew up without a father. Look at the statistics above. Is it any wonder why a disproportionate percentage of prisoners are black?
Yet the Left condescends to the black community and put the blame on racist cops and an unfair justice system. The Left is always telling the black communities that they are victims. Do you think Martin Luther King would approve of this?

“…the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” - MLK

Today, thanks to policies mostly from the Left, the life of a negro is now crippled by the manacles of poverty due to their perceived chains of victimhood.

You do this too Erik. Seriously, look at the Obama Administration:

-This administration intentionally armed Mexican drug cartels. These arms have been used to kill Americans.

-This administration failed to defend the Benghazi embassy and allowed Americans to get killed. Worse though, they have and continue to cover this whole mess up and tried to lie about it to the American people by lamely trying to blame it on a Youtube video.

-This administration permitted the IRS to illegally target specific political groups.

-This administration admitted to spying on Americans.

These are just some of the disgusting actions of the Obama administration. If any, let alone all, of these things occurred under a Republican President, you would be rattling off and bitching about it daily in your blog just like you used to when Bush was President. Instead, you’ve mostly ignored these and when you have brought them up, you’ve made excuses.

Now think about that and be honest with yourself, (I doubt you’ll be honest with me.) Did you gloss over this stuff because Obama is a Democrat or because he is black and you wouldn’t dare criticize a black man for fear of being perceived as racist?

Robert E Wilson said...

There’s more evidence on your blog:

-March 19, 2012: You, like so many including the President, jump to the conclusion that the killing of Trayvon Martin was due to racism. Yet where are the cries of racism when a black person kills a white person (which happens much more often)?

-December 12, 2009: You make a big deal about Tiger Woods’ affairs. You are totally sympathetic to him. Tiger Woods is just another asshole who cheated on his wife, yet you want to help him. Why is that? Can you honestly say that this had nothing to do with appearing sympathetic to a black man? If you can, where is the sympathy for the all the other athletes who did the same?

-With all the hatred you spew at the Right, you are pretty quiet on Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, Alan West, and Walter Williams. Why is that?

-When a conservative criticizes the President, it’s racism.

There are more but the point is, you, like most of the Left, subconsciously or not, judge blacks by their skin color and not their character. With all the times you’ve posted this speech, have you ever bothered to read it? Your blog is an affront to Martin Luther King’s Dream.

It is you on the Left, who are up against Martin Luther King’s Dream of a society where race isn’t an issue any more. It is the Left that brings up race in seemingly every conversation. It is you on the Left that see blacks as victims.

The Right, by and large, is past this.