In Memoriam: Martin Luther King Jr.
“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 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. … And if America is to be a great nation this must become true.” –Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 speech from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Of course today’s Democratic Party has inverted the wisdom of this iconic civil rights leader, as if King had said, “I have a dream that my children will one day be judged by the color of their skin, not the content of their character.” And anyone who questions the current Party orthodoxy, particularly if black, will suffer wrath and indignation.
Historian Shelby Steele observed, “There is an awful lot of conservative sentiment in black America, but at the moment, the party line is ruthlessly enforced.” Indeed, some of King’s chief lieutenants, like Jesse Jackson, tolerate no dissension from their liberal ranks now. They have abandoned King’s dream, and aligned themselves with political and social agendas obsessed with color at the expense of character.
Black conservatives of national stature, such as Clarence Thomas, Ben Carson, Ward Connerly, Michael Steele, Jesse Lee Peterson, Alan Keyes, Don Scoggins, Alvin Williams, Ken Blackwell, Thomas Sowell, Star Parker, Walter Williams and many others, are routinely castigated by the Black Supremacists, as “Uncle Toms” and “puppets.” Yet these are the men and women who really understand King’s central message about character.
On the other hand, somewhere today, Barack Hussein Obama, a well-schooled disciple of racial hatred, will be regurgitating teleprompted text about King’s legacy. But it is worth noting that in 1968, Martin King went to Obama’s hometown of Chicago to meet with Mayor Richard Daley, one of a long line of Windy City Dons, including the current mayor, Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanual. Chicago was a hotbed of racial hatred under Daley then, and not much has changed.
King observed of that enmity, “This is the most tragic picture of man’s inhumanity to man. I’ve been to Mississippi and Alabama and I can tell you that the hatred and hostility in Chicago are really deeper than in Alabama and Mississippi.”
Chicago was not only a den of racial hatred but the violent black supremacist movement was born there. King said, “Those who are associated with ‘Black Power’ and black supremacy are wrong.”
It is that racial hatred and hostility in which Obama was steeped, particularly by mentors such as avowed Marxist Frank Marshall Davi and the man Obama equated with his father, Afrocentric racist Jeremiah Wright.
At King’s funeral, one Bible passage, Matthew 5:9, summed up his life’s mission: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”
Obama was not stewarded by peacemakers.
Finally, irrespective of one’s conclusion about Martin Luther King’s proper place in history (given the historical account of his sometimes-lacking personal integrity and character), his Letter from a Birmingham jail is well worth reading – for it proclaims truth.