Has Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Message Been Subverted?
By ShanG on January 16, 2012
In a time where the Democrats have taken a great man's legacy, who was a registered Republican, by the way, and made him their defacto mascot for all things liberal (guess they forgot Dr. King was a preacher), where black men are always complaining about how the white man is keeping him down and they are forced to resort to violence and criminality to survive, then the short answer is yes.
Dr. Martin Luther King's message has been crumpled up, torn apart and taped back together so poorly that it resembles nothing of the original. This man wanted peace and equality for all people, regardless of their race. He wanted a man judged by the content of his character, rather than the color of his skin.
He wanted us to all get along and respect one another, not try to destroy each other.
And what have we done? Have we honored his life by trying to be what he believed our society could be or have we spiraled down so far that we may never get back up? I believe, at least for a large part of our society, that it's the latter. And it makes me very sad.
Would he like that his dream has been destroyed by the very people he dreamed it for?
You see, Dr. King is one of my heroes. Even though I was born after his assassination, learning about him in school made him come to life. I believed that his dream could and should become a reality. But that has not happened and I still do not understand why. There should be no racism, bigotry or hatred of anyone based on the color of their skin. As Dr. King said, a person should be judged solely on the content of their character. But that is not something that is done in this day and age. Even with a black President.
I have been called a racist because I don't like President Obama -- nothing could be further from the truth. I have been called bigoted by white Europeans because I did not know that Willie Wonka was a euphemism for white colonialists. Clearly, I'm not 'enlightened' enough. I am married to a Hispanic man, which makes my daughter half. Her Godmother is black and I have a black adopted brother.
Still want to call me racist?
The word racism has become a verbal slight for other ethnicities to lob at white people. It's reverse racism. Yeah, I said it. If I had a dollar for every time I or my husband were deemed bigots because of our dislike of Obama, I'd be living on my own island in the South Pacific. It's OK to dislike or even hate someone's actions. It doesn't mean you feel that way because they have a different skin color than you. I took Dr. KIng's speech to heart and I have never judged anyone solely on the color of their skin.
But I have judged them on the content of their character. And I have run into people who call me racist because they were of bad character and black. Apparently anything said to those kind of people, even if it's true, is considered bigotry, And don't tell them you didn't vote for Obama. You'll get called the White Devil for that.
Does racism still exist in this country? Yes it does, but with a black man holding the highest political office in the land, it should be apparent that we have made great strides towards its eradication. You all need to realize that it has stop on all sides of the fence before racism will truly be dead. That means that blacks cannot use the N-word, ever. Even to your own race. No one should ever use that word again. It is the foulest one in the English language.
I want you all to think about this: If you don't want to be treated like a stereotype, then stop acting like one. Stop shooting yourselves in the foot.
It's just that simple.
I share Dr, King's dream. I want everyone to be judged by what's inside, not what color they are. The Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's spawned the Black Power Movement. Unfortunately, some of those groups advocated violence and anarchy to achieve their goals. Still others birthed a whole generation who blame the rich white men for every problem they've ever had. I think Dr. King would agree that if you don't like your circumstances, then you need to do something to affect change in your own life. Blaming a group of people for your woes is a cop-out.
Rappers need to stop promoting the Thug Life. Who in the hell wants to be a criminal? Always looking over your shoulder, wondering which car is going to pull a drive-by on your house and knowing you will eventually end up in prison or a body bag -- sounds like such a great life now, doesn't it? The Rap community needs to understand that they have glamorized murder, drugs, rape, misogyny and gangs. There is a whole generation of kids who have been stunted by this shit. And many of them believe this is how you act if you're black. Or Hispanic. Or disaffected. Or just plain stupid.
It has to stop. NOW.
This is not what Dr. King was talking about when he said he wanted everyone to be free. Not by a long shot.
Aaron McGruder, the writer of The Boondocks, illustrates perfectly what I have been trying to get across in this post. This episode, Return of the King, explores what could happen if Dr. King did not die, but instead was in a coma for the last 30+years. How would he feel about what his dream has become?
...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.
I have a dream today...
...And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
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!"
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