The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech will arrive on Wednesday this week, marked by a speech from President Obama on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
As Tavis Smiley, Famous Black Person, notes over at The Washington Post, “The president’s decision to honor the march is proper….” Absolutely true. No president who serendipity selected to have in office during the 50th anniversary of one of the world’s most famous speeches, and certainly in America’s top five, would dare not give a speech to mark the occasion. It was a major turning point in history, after all.
However, although Dr. King had some good ideas and gave some good speeches, and although he did alter the course of America a bit more quickly than it otherwise would have been, he was not omniscient. This is why I’m confused by such statements as were made by Doug Kendall at USA Today: “Unfinished business remains on our way to…achieving Dr. King’s dream….”
King was not a god or even a founder of this country, so why must we follow through with his entire dream? Just because he wanted something to happen does not mean we must make it so. King cultists have turned the man into an authoritative myth whose every word they will heed and every request they will oblige, even as they march themselves off a cliff.
Mr. Kendall joins his fellow leftists in integrating other, liberal agendas into Dr. King’s, lamenting, “Our nation still confronts the profiling of people of color.”
Yes, and people of color still live up to their profiles, more so than they did in King’s day.
He also writes, “The incarceration rates of African-Americans remain unconscionably high.”
So does the violent-crime rate of African-Americans.
Back again to The Washington Post, Mr. Smiley: “[Blacks are] still denied true economic freedom by institutional and structural barriers that have yet to be addressed.”
Well, conservatives have been trying to address those problems and liberals keep refusing. For instance, there is no economic freedom in being financially dependent upon, and therefore indebted to, the government, which is the natural consequence of being on government entitlement programs. There are more blacks on welfare than there are whites, as a percentage of their own respective races. Where’s the freedom in continuing this indentured servitude to the government?
Smiley also writes about “the struggle for human dignity that black men in particular endure almost daily.”
Indignities, one supposes, such as having your faces shown on millions of TV sets every night after you went and had yourselves a nice li’l “thrill kill” and murdered a young white man out of boredom. Indignities such as getting caught on a security camera after you bludgeoned and cracked the skull of an octogenarian WWII vet just for fun. The security footage made you look ten pounds heavier than you actually are. Oh, the indignity!
Mr. Smiley is right about one thing, however: “Obama’s election in 2008 was a good down payment on King’s dream of racial equality, but it did not fulfill the dream.”
Of course it didn’t fulfill The Dream; Obama was elected purely because of the color of his skin, not the content of his character. Whenever Republicans raised concerns over Obama’s questionable character, to include his relationships with person’s ranging from the shady to the downright terroristic, it was the Democrats who said such issues were off the table because of Obama’s race; that it was racist to judge Obama by his character.
So, no, of course King’s dream has not been fulfilled; it was instead savagely beaten to death—not in the streets of the ghettos liberals created, but in the Democrats’ new plantation known as Congress.