The Hijacking Of The Civil Rights Movement

The Hijacking Of The Civil Rights Movement

First off I would like to start the conversation by saying this article is in no way intended to be an insult to Black Americans or to the hard fought gains made in civil rights. Dr. Martin Luther King was a great American and a visionary in his time. His I have a dream speech  is truly inspirational and he should be hailed as a universal hero, and should be an example to people all around the globe. But have liberal democrats and self appointed civil rights leaders stolen the movement for there own gain?

I find some things troubling in today’s times. I find it ironic that liberals who consider themselves to be on the cutting edge of civil rights today seem to refer to people in groups and voting blocks rather than individuals. It seems we are now Latinos, Italian Americans, African  Americans, Irish Americans and so on. I think this is far from the vision that Dr. King had when he said ( I have a dream that my four 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.)  Should we not all be Americans and look with color blindness. Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision was about justice, equality, and brotherhood among men.  

What I am taking issue with is the industry that has grown up around the movement. I am talking about the political industry of politicians and self appointed civil rights leaders such as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Also I find it troubling that when ultra liberals like Chris Matthews went super giddy over the nomination or Barack Obama touting, first black, first black, first black like some kind of trophy. Should they not have said instead we nominated the best qualified person who happens to be black if they are on the cutting edge of  Dr. King’s vision as they claim to be? It seems to me that they were more excited about there own virtue saying aren’t we good people look what we liberals have done rather than really caring that he was the first black.

Dr. King said (One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.) although many things have changed I think some of this remains a reality today. Still anguishing in the corners of American society in our inner cities and rural areas today where the unemployment rate is sometimes is as much as 50% we find extreme poverty. But this poverty was created by the very liberals who claim to care so much. It was created by there policies that were meant to help but instead had unintended  consequences.     

Policies that discourage  marriage like giving an unwed mother more money through the welfare system than if she marry thus destroying the family. Policies that discourage business with high corporate tax rates thus destroying jobs.

President Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty in the 60’s but after billions of dollars spent and more than 50 years the percent of poor people living in the United States has not changed. I would call this a failure of liberal policies would you not? The instrument that will lift people from poverty is capitalism not hand outs.  

Dr. King said ( In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. ) But was the check he was referring to a welfare check?  Or did he foresee a America where all people no matter what color could tap into the American dream with equal opportunity.

The problem with the Democrat party today is it feeds on a constituency of need. The thing that it really fears is a people who are self reliant because when people are self reliant they have no need for the Democrat party.  The same thing for some of the self appointed civil rights leaders who angrily say ( Who are you to understand Dr. King’s message. You have no right to delve into the his words.) But could it be that the real reason for this anger is that if  Dr. King’s vision becomes a reality there is no more need for a civil rights leader? I think Dr. King was speaking to all America when he said ( The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.) Yes all of our destinies are tied together we are all Americans.

Dr. King said ( This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.) all men, yes black and white should fall heir but I don’t think he meant heir to a welfare state that every year grows bigger and demands more and from its citizens. Now in America the average American must work 108 days a year when you add federal, state, property tax, sales tax, gas tax and a endless amount of hidden taxes just to shoulder his tax bill  without any choice of doing so. Is this not forced servitude? When one is made to work for the benefit of another who reaps that benefit.  Of course liberals always say we are going to tax the rich only and only the rich so don’t worry, but the reality is middle class Americans work 1/3 of the year like it or not just to support the government.  

I call to mind a radio ad a few years ago put forth by the Democrat National Committee that had a sound of a brick crashing through a window saying (When you vote Republican another church will burn.) Really! Republicans want to burn churches! I think the thing that they are really afraid of is the burning of there power base when people become self reliant by becoming wealthy is it not? This is the message of the conservative and is this not the vision of Dr. King’s dream, people tapping into that American dream?

Democrats of today are quite different than fifty years ago. Democrats of yesterday had good intentions to help the little guy but today what they advocate is a near total take over of the United States economy in the communist soviet union style. Was Dr. King a democrat? Well maybe but one of yesterday and not today. Today I think he would have carried the banner of the conservative.

Liberals feed on need.  To be the knight on the white horse saying, I can save you but what they create is a dependent class of people and of all colors. Then you have not one victim but two. You have the victim who has become the dependent and the person who’s money they stole to support the dependent.

This is far from Dr. King’s message. Dr. King wanted a America where black folk and white folk and all races in poverty have the ability lift up themselves and become rich folk.

Dr. King said ( But one hundred years later, the Negro still is 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. ) but did he want them to be crippled by the manacles of dependency. No I don’t think so. I’m not saying we should pull out the safety net  that millions of Americans depend on but we should take another look at what is happing and reevaluate. The Democrat party demands more and more tax burden every year and has an endless apatite for more and more social programs. This will destroy the very fabric of the American dream for all Americans. Capitalism  is the vehicle  to lift all Americans not socialism and I think Dr. King would agree with me. Let freedom ring! 

( Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of 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 every 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 are free at last!”)

Click here to read here the entire I have a dream speech transcript.


5 Responses to “The Hijacking Of The Civil Rights Movement”

  1. 1 Tom Humes July 24, 2008 at 7:06 am

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  2. 2 Mike Harmon July 24, 2008 at 8:01 am


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  3. 3 Stephanie July 24, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Funny how so many white ppl love Dr. King now. Yes he was much more tolerant and accepting and forgiving, and then some white ppl shot him :~/
    Forgive me if the rest of black america is not as ‘forgiving’. Before you quote Dr. King try studying him and not just in the [YOUR]story books in a real history book!

  4. 4 Anna July 28, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    To Stephanie
    Funny how do you get of knowing the author was white? You got esp?

    You said (and then some white ppl shot him) No, one kook white person shot him but if you take the time to watch the video you will see many white people marched with him and had his vision.

    And before you tout yourself as a self proclaimed expert on Dr. King maybe you should read his speeches and look at what he said publicly. It’s all there in english you need not translate.

    Dr. King wanted black America to be integrated and for people to look at each other as people not through skin color.

    You are the same tired old attitude. A hate hording separatist, so before you quote Dr. King try studying him in the real history book!

  5. 5 AlexM August 16, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

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