He Had A Dream

A few years ago while heading in to work on L.A.’s 405 freeway, I heard a radio interview with writer Shelby Steele. He made a comment that Dr. Martin Luther King’s parents were staunch Republicans. I know not of where he got that information but unlike others, when conservatives lie and get caught, they lose all credibility. I took comfort taking him at his word.

It prompted me to make a call to someone I know in D.C. to find out what Dr. King’s party affiliation was. One would think someone who is “owned” by the Democrats would be one. Conversely the argument can be made that children tend to share the same values as their parents.

However, my research came up dry, which puzzles me. If Dr. King were a Democrat, it would be in our face. But no such pronouncement has ever been made. I suspect Dr. King was an Independent purely for the appearance of neutrality.

On its 40-year anniversary, I will attempt to interpret Dr. King’s legendary speech. I am not an Ivy League scholar. I am not an African Studies laureate. I am not a famous historian. I am just a black conservative who just may see things a bit differently than liberals would allow if they could stop me.

There are certain phrases in the “I Have A Dream” speech that could make the argument that Dr. King was conservative. So I won’t be accused of taking something out of context, I examined the entire speech….

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

The “great American” Dr. King is obviously referring to was President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican.

But one hundred years later, we must face the tragic fact that the Negro is still 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. 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 an appalling condition.

Dr. King delivered this speech during the tail end of the Civil Rights Movement and on the eve of the Republican-led passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Until then, unbridled discrimination against Blacks was real. But if he were to deliver this speech today, that paragraph would acknowledge that legalized racism is a thing of the past. No one is forcing Blacks to live on the “lonely island of poverty”, although that’s where some white liberals would expect to find us.

Even though most liberals picture Blacks as poverty-stricken and down-trodden despite the “vast ocean of material prosperity”, many Blacks today own at least one color television, one car, stereo system, have air conditioning, nice clothes, jewelry, maybe a computer, and at first glance seem fairly well fed. The people who bewail American Blacks as some of the most impoverished in the world are simply ignorant, liars, or maybe a combination of both. Sure, things could be better but for the most part, opportunity is there for whoever applies themselves.

Instead, liberals have been allowed to segregate Blacks into the housing project mindset. We as a people are expected to bow down and kiss the feet of a liberal government massah who feeds us with denigrating notions like food stamps and provides our “expected” illegitimate children with a substandard education that would never be tolerated in white communities.

Liberals always claim to want to “help” us but their overall success track record really sucks. They play on emotion by pointing out racism whether real or not in an effort to give us just one reason to “need” them.

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. This note was a promise that all men would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check – a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to open the doors of opportunity to all of God’s children. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.

For the most part and thanks to many people fighting many little battles, the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuits of happiness are pretty well attainable. By the way, attainable means earned. Although it’s there, it takes longer to secure any of those things if you wait for them to come to you.

America hasn’t defaulted on the promise. Liberals have, and have done so ever since they’ve successfully rewritten their history (and voting record) by self-proclaiming themselves as the “Party of Civil Rights”.

It can be considered “insufficient funds” when certain people promise Blacks the answers to problems they don’t intend on delivering. It can be considered “insufficient funds” when certain people treat Blacks like children that can’t take care of themselves and should be pitied. It can be considered “insufficient funds” when certain people forgive bad behavior as they would that of their dogs: “They don’t know any better.” It can be considered “insufficient funds” when certain people spend decades promising a gradualism resulting in our present-day formula of segregation.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment and to underestimate the determination of the Negro. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

That day came, Dr. King would be proud, and deservedly so. But we should now resist the temptation to succumb to the squealings of those who think we can’t handle our liberties unsupervised.

Sometimes I think it’s the determination of the Negro that scares liberals. Los Angeles talk show host Larry Elder has quite accurately reminded us (and I paraphrase) that blacks have come the furthest forward from the farthest behind, or something insightful like that….

Blacks deserve the same options and roadmaps to prosperity as everyone else. For example, one good first step is school choice. Education is the ticket; vouchers are a means; that is if liberals will ever allow us permission to access them.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

Someone need read that paragraph to the Congressional Black Caucus, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Tavis Smiley, Danny Bakewell, Julianne Malveaux and all other pissed-off blacks of influence who perpetuate the black inferiority notion while enjoying their own lives of equality and opulence.

It’s like they drool, waiting to pounce on the Trent Lotts while turning a blind eye to the Robert Byrds. They wish to destroy their established enemy while smiling and joking with the one wearing the same uniform.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to 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 and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

If you call it a riot, it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable. So I call it a rebellion.

No justice, No peace!
– Democrat Congresswoman Maxine Waters on the eve of the Los Angeles “Rodney King” Riot

I still believe to be a good Black Democrat in today’s America you must believe “All white people are racists… except the ones you know.” The “ones you know” are usually white liberals who always seem to feel our pain, yet do little to alleviate it. To free Blacks would mean to lose that one group they constantly use, yes USE, to equate historical persecution with contemporary inconvenience.

Some of the whites who marched with Dr. King are now the very ones (quite liberal) denying Blacks freedom by treating them like soulless pets.

Ironic.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Civil Rights is a business. There are some that earn a living finding racist bogeymen around every corner; thus they cannot afford to be “satisfied”.

Blacks today have unfettered access to motels, and can vote fairly-easily except in districts run by Democrats (see Palm Beach, Florida 2000). Also, Blacks have little to complain about justice-wise. O.J. was found not guilty and Rodney King still has a driver’s license.

Things aren’t so bad.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Deep.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

It’s so easy to contrast the attitude displayed by Dr. King in this speech. He, like most conservatives, tells Blacks what they CAN do instead of what they can’t. He exuded faith in a positive outcome, not fear of an imaginary negative predetermination.

I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

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.”

It’s funny: these are the most recognizable and quoted lines from the speech. But of all the words of wisdom contained herein, it was the obvious that had the most impact.

And if Dr. King delivered that speech today, modern-day activists might have called him naïve and a sell-out. He definitely would be regarded a sexist neocon for granting only men as being created equal.

The rest of the text would’ve been rendered irrelevant.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

Doable.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

Doable.

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.

Not while there is such an embraced concept like “Affirmative Action”.

This is where Dr. King could be exposed as a potential conservative. There are very few statements that bare the very essence of true equality, not vengeance. Today’s so-called Civil Rights “leaders” claim that only redirection of inequality is a remedy, and claim so with a smile.

I have a dream today.

If not copyrighted by the King family, those five words might’ve already appeared on an ad for Sony, or Nike, or Microsoft, or Lexus.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor’s lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

George Wallace was that governor of Alabama. He was America’s poster-boy for Civil Rights-era racism, and a typical 60’s era Democrat. He just didn’t hide it.

It always amazed me how easily little kids, who are unacquainted with the ways of racism, play and get along. Racism is taught and is not intuitive. I’ll even go out on a limb and declare that a fact.

Even so, there are those on both sides who teach hate and bigotry for a variety of motives. Some people seek isolation. Some seek to earn a living, and people have died because of both. People who lynch are as much killers as those who incite riots where innocents and participants die.

Think about it.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

Dr. King was a genius and a man politically ahead of his time. He left out all reference to those offensive Ten Commandments….

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

Okay, he’s skillfully building to a crescendo, but what’s up with the “go to jail together”? He’s not very clear about being a visitor or a resident.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

There are those today who regard that song as racist since it’s an anthem that celebrates a bunch of white, genocidal pilgrims. It’s a shame that portions of one of the greatest orations of all time might be whittled down so it could be delivered on a super-sensitive, politically correct, pro-Affirmative Action college campus.

All references to a god or supernatural lord would have to be removed, and all references to a person would have to be gender neutral to include all possible variations.

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 peaks of California!

I don’t mean to sound disrespectful, but was that line about California a double entendre?

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 every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom 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!”

Dr. King didn’t seem to leave out any major groups, ‘cept Muslims and Palestinians.

Of course, that wasn’t intentional….

So much of his message was of hope and not condemnation. This was not the kind of speech a liberal Black person could deliver today as is. It would be focus-grouped within a demographic, and the Republican Party would be the preferred villain.

Today, old Black men and women in $1000 outfits are perpetuating victimology so they can personally stay in the good graces of the Party, which can also be personally lucrative. I could never understand preaching about the inequities of life and being driven off in a limousine.

But maybe one day, Blacks will be blessed with options. They will have a choice of where and how to educate their kids, who they can vote for, how much money they can make and not be limited to what the government grants them. They will be considered full Americans and not a hyphen thereof.

I have a dream too.

15 Responses

  1. BRFan

    Reverend Martin Luther King

    Reverend Martin Luther King

    Reverend Martin Luther King

    Reverend Martin Luther King

    Reverend Martin Luther King

    Not Dr.

     

    Look at his memorial, It reads Reverend

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    • Bob Parks

      Got physical proof of that (and I only wrote it once)?
      According to a colleague, the words “Dr.”, “Reverend”, and all references to God were left off the memorial so I’m not sure where you got that.

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      • BRFan

        By memorial I mean his final resting place.

        http://www.nps.gov/malu/index.htm

        http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?GRid=582&page=gr

        Yes, I’m aware he was a doctor but I remember for years he was referred to as reverend. It’s only maybe within the last 15 years or so that the media ONLY refers to him as doctor. Why? Because they want him seen as an intellectual, which he was, but not a religious man, because everyone knows how much the left loves religion. I heard Dennis Prager about a year ago make the same observation.

        Reverend King made references to God in his speeches, such as his I have a Dream speech, “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.” or

        “This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

        or

        “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!”

        In Letter from a Birmingham jail he wrote, “A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God.” and

        “We have waited for more than 340 years for our constitutional and God given rights.”

        What modern intellectual, ie leftist, would reference God like that? They are trying to reinvent him and diminish his original role. If he himself wanted to be referred to as Doctor, why doesn’t the headstone read Doctor instead of Reverend?

  2. GoodMojo

    Trishmac says:
    January 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    “I am going to share, and keep this for reflection myself! Thanks Bob, it’s often much better to hear what a non-academic has to say about pretty much everything. But this is brilliantly done”

    Bob and Trishmac:

    I could not have said this better myself. It’s exactly what I thought near the end of my reading. That said Bob, I will consider this your birthday present to me. It is indeed brilliant!
    Thank you.
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    Chuck Adkins :

    You sir, are proof positive that there are ignorant, racist, white folks too! You have provided evidence by your obvious ignorance of history, your clear presumption that you know more about “Black” history than a man who operates a website titled, “Black & Right”, and your apparent ire towards someone who knows so much more than you. I myself would be offended by your typewritten shriek, if I cared what you thought at all. So, please consider this, simply as instructional:

    Please follow Bob’s suggestion. A lot of proper, unvarnished study afterward, might be necessary. The information is readily available, but clearly not where you get yours. You really will not be fit for participation in a representative republic, such as ours, until you do these things. Educate yourself!

    Thanks!
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    Mauser:

    Your dream will require the cooperation of gangsta rappers, and ghetto thugs. I doubt that’s forthcoming. But…I’m with you! 🙂
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    antimedia, LFR, philmon:

    Kudos! I understand you all and appreciate your input!
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    Tallyaman:

    As usual, you are on the money. No further comment necessary! Thanks again!
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    G’nite all!

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  3. Trishmac

    I am going to share, and keep this for reflection myself! Thanks Bob, it’s often much better to hear what a non-academic has to say about pretty much everything. But this is brilliantly done.

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  4. Tallyman

    I knew and spoke with MLK and he was a big man, not in physical size, but in the power of his speech, in his quick intelligent responses to questions, and in his power to lead. Many of the black leaders of today are none of the above. Sharpton, Jackson, Rangel, Clyburn, and Waters are fancy pimps profiting from the degenerates trapped in the programs they represent. MLK’s dream wasn’t “large ghettos,” with black “Simon Legrees” exploiting the lives therein. MLK advocated “Christian ideals.” MLK wanted better education and schools for all children, not schools that fail. MLK supported and worked with Republicans, not Democrats. The issue in lobbying Congress in 1962 and 1963 was to get some or any Democrat support.
    “Free at last,” is awaiting the freedom to choose the school for your children. Free at last from the moronic leaders foisted by the progressive media. What is Sharpton’s or Jackson’s or Clyburn’s dream for you: take this government grant; when you screw up, come back and I’ll give you more. They’re aging parents who never want their children to grow up or they’re even, take this dog biscuit and go fetch.

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  5. philmon

    I know what LFR is talking about. Here’s an example. Every now and then it gets pointed out to me that my wife is significantly shorter than I am. And it always takes me a bit by surprise mostly because I consider my equal and I guess my brain just “sees” her eye to eye. When I look at her I don’t think “there’s my short wife”. She’s just my wife. (And a darned fine one at that). I don’t “see” her physical stature on a day-to-day basis.

    That’s what LFR is talking about.

    If a black person gets in my face about being black, I’m going to see a black person. If he’s not wearing his race on his sleeve, I’m far more likely to just see a person. And oh yeah, I guess he’s black. Big deal.

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    • GarlandAngel

      Exactly, Philmon!  I couldn’t have explained my view any better!  When you’re raised that way it just becomes second nature.  If you’re blessed enough to be raised in a small town that isn’t constantly reminding you of how different each of us are and you are actually raised by responsible, loving  parents and not a ‘village’ then you, too, will see life as I do. It might sound a bit simple but the Golden Rule  was a powerful thing in my upbringing and it covered every one I came in contact with and still does. I was 16 when Reverend Martin Luther King was murdered and as a young, white teenage girl I couldn’t believe it. It really did rock my world. I couldn’t understand how a sweet, hard-working, kind and loving man could be gunned down so hatefully. I’m crying now just thinking about it. The way we all live today is not what he had dreamed, far from it! I still pray for his dream to come true but I’m afraid that it won’t come until our Lord’s 2nd coming. Such a shame…so many children have been wasted by those who usurp his dream and have turned it into something that MLK wouldn’t claim much less recognize.

      My two cents…sorry I ran on but as I said earlier Philmon you read my mind..

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  6. letFreedomRing

    The thing is, what is the first thing you think when you see someone, do you think “Hey there’s a white guy.” or “Hey, there’s some guy”

    It’s hard to explain, it’s just that it doesn’t really matter what race someone is, and I don’t think about it much. That’s kinda what I ment.

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  7. Mauser

    Well, LFR, I don’t think it’s possible that you can look at someone and not see race, much like one can’t help but notice gender and height. But what we can dream of is a day when those things are all equal in terms of meaning and subtext, and that describing someone as “Black” only refers to his appearance, and doesn’t conjure up images of Gangsta rappers or ghetto thugs.

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  8. letFreedomRing

    I agree that racism is taught, not inherent. I believe that Dr. King wouldn’t advocate gay marriage, like you mentioned in the daily dose. I wander what a conversation between Al Sharpton and Dr. King would have been like. Al, who believes that every white man is still out to get him, and every black person needs him. While Dr. King (in my opinion) would look at today and see we made more progress toward equality in the last 40 years then the 100 before, and who wouldn’t be egotistical enough to believe that black people of today need someone to think for them.

    I had a dream, a belief, and a hope, that one day people will just stop seeing a black person or a white person, instead they just see a person. Hell, even no more African Americans, unless they for some reason hold Dual citizenship. I’m not a Swedish American, I’m an American, and fiercely proud of it.

    I’ll end this on a rather sad note. The other day I purchased a firearm, and I noticed when I was filling out the background check information that my Social Security Number wasn’t required but my ethnicity was.

    oh, and Chuck you are a racist. You point out race like it is important. While Heritage is important skin color isn’t. That is what Dr. King was talking about.

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  9. antimedia

    Hopefully your dream will come true, Bob. Today, far too many blacks are trapped in schools that do not teach but imprison them. It’s hard to accept that Brown v. Board of Education legally ended segregation yet man blacks (and now Hispanics as well) are still trapped in second class schools getting a second class education.

    Chuck, you’re an ignorant fool.

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  10. Chuck Adkins

    I hate to be the one to say this, but you’re nothing more than a traitor to your race.

    You sir there, in your blind allegiance to a party that wanted to keep people like you in slavery, and you disrespect a man that did more to get your people out of bondage.

    You’re a damn disgrace to black people everywhere.

    and I’m a white man, Imagine that.

    -Chuck Adkins

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