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Martin Luther King, Jr…. what would he say today?

January 18, 2016

I-HAVE-ADREAM

Martin Luther King, Jr was a great civil rights advocate one who personaly showed that peacefull demonstrations and nonviolent protests do lead to positive results. He was a Baptist minister and great orator as witnessed on March of 1963 when he delivered his ‘I have a Dream’ speach to tens of thousands of people. His dreams to see a better America for African-Americans was slowly coming to fruition when he was assassinated on April 4th 1968.

I must however wonder what Mr King would say to the people who rioted because the police shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo or the riot over the use of unnecessary force by police on Freddy Gray in Baltimore  MD. I am sure Mr King would not have traveled to these cities and been a part of these riots. Mr. Kings entire philosophy was of nonviolence but today we see most protests over police violence turn into a wave of destruction, and most of the time it is African-American store owners that suffer.

Why….. this change from the successful civil rights marches of the 60’s to todays civil-rights demostrations that almost always end up in violence? Yes we have a different generation living now, one that has a disrespect for authority not equaled back when Mr King marched, but I also see one other paramount difference… the ones who lead and incite these protests.

When you have orgnizations like ‘Black lives matter’ and people like Al Sharpton  or Louis Farrakhan saying to the African-American community…. “if the federal government will not intercede in our affairs, then we must rise up and kill those who kill us.” Add to that we have a President who refuses to stand up and tell the protestors what they are doing is wrong and to stop the violence and it is a wonder we haven’t seen more riots and violence.

Maybe the African-American leaders of today

should read and take to heart

the immortal words of  Mr King in his

I have a dream speech….

“With 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.

And when this happens, and when we allow 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!”

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jon permalink
    January 23, 2016 4:57 am

    i don’t think they want to…part of the “transformation of America”.

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