Tuesday, August 27, 2013

We’re Not Doing Martin Luther King Jr.’s Memory Any Justice at All

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, in which the iconic civil rights leader envisioned a more mature America. It’s when he declared:

“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 down together at a table of brotherhood.

“I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

“I have a dream that my four 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… little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.”

Fifty years later, we’re systematically tearing that dream apart, switching out one form of mindless intolerance for another, teaching our children that being Caucasian is something to be ashamed of and to apologize for at all cost.

Examples keep piling up of such lessons being spread by influential people, including the President of the United States, who so far hasn’t said anything official – or anything at all – about the three black teens who shot dead an Australian national last week. With his white skin, victim Chris lane couldn’t pass as Obama’s son if he had one, so he apparently doesn’t matter.

In the same way:

·         Ayo Kimathi, a black government worker, was put on paid leave for running a website promoting an “inevitable clash with the white race”… When you know a white man would have been fired on the spot for such stupidity.
·         A 12-year-old black boy recorded two preteen black girls blatantly bullying a three-year-old white girl, then posted the video on Facebook with the caption “When white people piss black people off.”…  Those children are learning their twisted ideals somewhere.
·         A Jersey City black high school student seeking class office sent himself racist text messages to gain votes… Clearly, society has taught him that playing the race victim card has positive results.

These lessons are a far cry from the future Martin Luther King Jr. wanted to see. In fact, these lessons are a far cry from any kind of preferable future at all.

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