Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Challenge to Our America

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Martin Luther King, Jr memorial monument in Washington, DC
Martin Luther King, Jr memorial monument in Washington, DC

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- On Monday, as we celebrate the birthday and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it would be powerful if every American would remember the heart of his “I Have a Dream” speech.

It is one of the most powerful and inspirational speeches in American history. Delivered on August 28, 1963 to more than 200,000 people while standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King personalized his dream, saying, “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.”

Today, almost 55 years later, we are still all too far from achieving Dr. King’s dream.

It is important to remember the tragic history of African Americans.

When people question why African Americans should be considered differently than other immigrant groups, they miss the whole point of the African American experience.

Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass

Sold as slaves, shipped in cruel and inhuman conditions, totally dominated by white owners, having only as much family stability as their white owners permitted; the first two centuries of African American life in America violated every ideal to which America is committed.

Despite these conditions, individuals began to rise from the system of slavery. Frederick Douglass was the most famous Black orator of the 19th century and spoke passionately for the liberation of slaves. Throughout the North, before the Civil War, there were more and more free African Americans (as there also were in New Orleans for historic reasons).

Americans fought their bloodiest war over slavery. More Americans died in the Civil War than all our other wars combined, through part of the Vietnam War.

President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, freeing the slaves in Confederate states that had not yet surrendered to the Union. Constitutional Amendments were adopted at the end of the war, ending slavery and guaranteeing freedom nationwide. For a few brief years, America moved toward genuine freedom, with the United States Army enforcing desegregation in the South – something it would do again a century later.

However, decades of pressure from anti-Black political muscle in the South gradually reasserted legal segregation to minimize African American rights and opportunities.

Despite the betrayal of Lincoln’s vision, a substantial number of African Americans began rising in education, economics, and status. Then, mobilization of the work force for World War II created vast new opportunities as southern Blacks migrated to Detroit and elsewhere to work in industries which had lost workers to the war effort. Furthermore, a substantial number of African Americans served in the military. Finally, the revulsion against Nazi racism began to delegitimize and undermine racism in America.

As African Americans yearned for true equality, a young minister emerged as their most powerful voice. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brilliantly combined great rhetorical skill with a deep understanding of the Bible and of the essence of America’s best ideals, as articulated in the Declaration of Independence and in the speeches and writings of Thomas Jefferson and President Lincoln.

Unfortunately, we have not yet attained the America for which Dr. King called. We still have far too much racial feeling among all ethnic groups. We still tolerate poor children being crushed by incompetent and corrupt bureaucracies, which take huge amounts of money but fail to educate. We still allow far too many young men to languish in prison without hope, when we should be offering them second chances. We still have too many people without jobs because crime keeps small businesses from being opened in neglected neighborhoods.

Faced with these failures, some Americans have given up on Dr. King’s dream and have begun to advocate a form of toxic identity politics which abandons color-blindness as an ideal.

All of us should take this holiday to reflect on Dr. King’s dream, the obligation all of us have to turn this dream into reality, and the responsibility we bear to ensure that America always strives to live up to its ideals.

This is the response Dr. King would have wanted for his birthday.

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  • 33 thoughts on “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Challenge to Our America

    1. Lincoln was a racist. On this subject his own words condemn him. During the Lincoln-Douglas debates in Ottowa, Illinois on August 21, 1858 he said:

      “I have no disposition to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is a physical difference between the two, which in my judgment will probably forever forbid their living together on terms of respect, social and political equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there should be a superiority somewhere, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position;”

      He repeated the same idea at Charleston, Illinois on September 18, 1858:

      “I will say then, that I am not nor have ever been in favor of bringing about in any way, the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not, nor have I ever been in favor of making voters of the negroes, or jurors, or qualifying them to hold office, or having them to marry with white people…there must be the position of superior and inferior, that I as much as any other man am in favor of the superior position being assigned to the white man.”

      His idea of what to do with freed blacks was to have them leave the US. He stated so very plainly on August 14, 1862 in “Address on Colonization to a Committee of Colored Men, Washington, D.C.” http://books.google.com/books?id=UWJStTs8-A4C&pg=PA353&lpg=PA353&dq=%22Address+on+Colonization+to+a+Committee+of+Colored+Men,+Washington,+D.C.%22&source=web&ots=FmduICw37Q&sig=p9Ea_81V7EuuWCnKEMCv5nEO4OE&hl=en&ei=x0mXSYebMsH7tgfWzrC_Cw&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=3&ct=result#v=onepage&q=%22Address%20on%20Colonization%20to%20a%20Committee%20of%20Colored%20Men%2C%20Washington%2C%20D.C.%22&f=false

      Lincoln was obviously no friend of the black race. Stop idolizing this moron.

    2. I am white and love Black Americans, My first supervisor was African American and a very nice man. That was pre civil rights. I hired some of the first African Americans during the Affirmative Action Program while working for a major corporation. Some have become very successful. I have worked for some of these African Americans that were hired under this program and found them equally competent to everyone else. Without that program many would never have had a chance to show their stuff.
      The world is changing and not for the better. It seems to me that the African American population is creating a lot of problems for itself and is bringing Black against White anger to a new level. It sounds as though they want to be Segregated from the rest of the population. That will be good for no one. Black LIves matter. Of course they do, all lives matter. Even the aborted ones, black or white.
      When I say the African American community is causing it’s own problems, I mean they have risen the rhetoric not only against whites but other ethnic groups. That will not solve problems. We as a society need to bring our American Family together. Our lack of a belief in God, Family and Community and Country will be our downfall.
      We as whites need to treat our African American brethren as we treat our children, our grandparents or our dog. If we see an African American clerk, policeman, soldier, fireman, person on the street, or a down trodden, make the interfaced a pleasant one. A pleasant smile makes one feel wanted.They to have dreams and want America to work for themselves and others.
      Now do I have prejudices? Yes I do, When I see a black or white man with his pants hanging down to the ankles, I pre-judge. If I see a black or white with piercings and tattoos all over the face and body, I pre-judge. One cannot help it. It is human nature. I also pre-judge a nicely dressed and pleasant acting black or white man. However that
      pre-judgment goes in a positive direction.
      We as Americans cannot solve this problem by demonstrations on the street wearing obscene reading shirts and signs carrying negative messages or pussy hats will not solve Americas problems.
      Love, Compassion and Civil Communications will.

    3. It seems Blacks should give more credence to Dr. King’s words about content of character and consider those three fingers pointed back at them on their collective outstretched arms and pointing index fingers. If ever there’s a day to suspend Black Privledge and hold Blacks accountable for their incredibly over represented participation in crime and general mediocrity in this country (international achievement scores, ect.) its on MLK Day. This should be a day of reflection for the African American community, and not yet another opportunity to scold whites that had nothing to do with slavery.

    4. They are being judged on the content of their character as dreamed by King. Many, many of them only have a criminal thug behavior, hate anything white except their women, and using the race card as justification for social discord and riotous behavior. Their character has been established and noted.

    5. What in the hell are you trying to say here Newt…

      “We still allow far too many young men to languish in prison without hope, when we should be offering them second chances. We still have too many people without jobs because crime keeps small businesses from being opened in neglected neighborhoods”.

      Is this not contradictory?

      Do the crime, do the time. I’m so tired of all this nonsense about leniency in prisons and sentencing. Criminals made a decision to break the law. They knew the risks. Now they bitch if they don’t have cable TV, and the libtards call it “inhumane”? What a crock!

    6. Dr. King tried to tell the blacks that if they acted like humans and worked like humans they would be accepted as humans. The squeaky wheel gets the grease and even though they only comprise 13% of the population they yell the loudest. I think being accepted depends more on their demeanor and actions rather than their skin color. Obumer really screwed them with his divide the country attitude.

    7. When, oh when, will the real issue of Black poverty and social issues be truly addressed? LBJ started the welfare system that has decimated the Black family. More than 70% of Black children are born out of wedlock. No father, (or multiple fathers) in a family unit, is the true source of the problem. Black children – most especially in large cities – learn from the street -meaning the drug dealers and gangs. Literacy, morals, and the value of work, are not instilled in the youth. So the result is – generations of welfare, high unemployment, and a high percentage of Black male incarceration.
      Social programs and more welfare is not the answer. The answer must come from within the Black community.
      Be responsible, get married before you have children, get a job.
      I believe that Rev. King would lead the way with this message if he were alive today.

      1. @Dave, sometimes comments never post. They must just vaporize and it you try reposting sometimes and that will vaporize. Frustrating to say the least but if the site judge doesn’t like what you say it is poof gone.

    8. If your ancestors were slaves in America you should get on your knees and kiss the ground and thank the tribal chieftan that sold your family into slavery that you are now a U.S. citizen.

      Now, be a good citizen and make your parents proud!

    9. That’s a mighty large paint brush you’re using lumping all blacks into the same category. Just as bad as the media lumping all whites as racists and having white guilt. As a freedom loving Libertarian I agree with Dr. King “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.”

    10. Dr King approved judging a person by the content of their character. What people say, how they dress, and how they act are clue to what they will do or do to you, which is an expression of their character.

    11. Descendants of African slaves shipped to the US won the lottery. They are the luckiest blacks alive to be American citizens.

      Absolutely sick and tired of the complaining and lawlessness. The streets of America are paved with gold. Work hard, get married, buy in to “the American dream” and America will work for you as it works for anyone who works hard.

      Pull up your pants and quit complaining. Embrace your good fortune. You could be in Africa or some other shithole….like detroit, chicago, baltimore……….(name a democrat run city)

    12. This seems to be Pat’s new vocation; telling only half the story. But, you can only pull the wool over the eyes of those that are ignorant of history. Unfortunately that is a large portion of our fellow citizens.

    13. “I have a dream” was actually plagiarized from another black minister, as was most of his doctoral speech. Source… The book ” Comes A Man” by Ralph Abernathy. As for slavery…there were more black and white slaves(read Irish)slaves in the north and the East Indies. As a matter of fact Gen. Grant and his wife owned slaves, where as Gen. Robert E. Lee did not. As a matter of fact, Lee’s wife taught blacks to read and right which was a crime at the time.
      You should read some real American history, not the revisionist tripe they teach in the public fool system.

      1. In this modern and informed day of removing offensive historical figures and memorials, shouldn’t all the pictures, street signs and statues promoting Martin Luther King, Jr. be removed?

      1. 13% of the population 75% of the social problem, if only had Lincoln lived (killed by Democrat John Wilkes Booth)
        I believe things would have been very different……

        1. Larry, first, make selling drugs, gang affiliation murder punishable by death upon conviction, no appeals, no more 3 hots and a cot or endless catch and release. Base welfare and food stamps on income and REQUIRE work. Thirdly, no one coming to this country should receive any public assistance, NONE and do away with automatic citizenship to babies born to non-US citizens. Eliminate “welfare queens” who collect money for each child they have, I’ve seen women with five kids from five different “sperm donors”. Require addicts to sign up for mandatory treatment programs and test them weekly and if they don’t, mandatory jail time in a prison farm setting (bring back chain gangs). Basically, dismantle LBJ’s Great Society (sic) and get tough on crime.

    14. Yawn, they ruined a perfectly good holiday to make me feel guilty if I don’t show fealty to the leering face that adorns every King County Washington vehicle. It was a face so important that Blacks banded together to get it done, then they either left the State or moved to the suburbs. The good Doctor has nothing to teach me, Obama showed me that; in fact, I’ll be working on his day off.

    15. I wish it were true that we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Clifton NJ the system saw fit to honor this day with an early dismissal of school instead of a full day off. Also a select few classes will have set aside some time to talk about MLK Jr in School #12. We will keep our daughter home and educate her on his life and accomplishments which will affect her perfect attendance.

      1. @Donna T, I don’t think that you should educate your daughter about MLK’s real life, until she reaches the age of majority. His speeches sounded good and are still politically correct, just stick to those.

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