Professional race activists “demand” redistribution on behalf of American blacks

Martin_Luther_King_Jr_NYWTS_6I admit that I am not a Reverend Martin Luther King scholar.  As is the case for every American educated after 1970, though, I am reasonably conversant with his speeches and writings.  My memory is that his crusade was one to remove barriers that society had placed in blacks’ way.  He was the ideological heir of Frederick Douglas, who said that white America needed to remove hindrances to black accomplishment, and then leave blacks alone:

“What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!

King’s own views appear in that famous line from his “I Have A Dream Speech”: “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.” In other words, stop looking at our skin color and let us get on with our lives, just as the rest of Americans do.

The Left, however, has latched onto King’s legacy and converted it into one that sees Blacks as helpless creatures who can succeed only if white America supports them. That’s why the professional race activists created the following chart to “celebrate” Reverend Martin Luther King’s birthday:

Black demands on Americans

Upon whom are the agitators making these “demands”?  It seems pretty clear to me that they’re not saying to African-Americans “we demand that you clean up your communities; we demand that you raise your children with Judeo-Christian values that do not include gang banging, drive-by shootings, and knock-out games; we demand that you make high achievement in school a cultural value; we demand that you marry before you have children because the single biggest indicator of poverty is single motherhood; and we demand that you raise children who are such well-behaved, self-disciplined students, that people bang down the door to get into their schools, just as people beg to get into schools with high Asian and East Indian populations.”

Per this chart, African-Americans are passive victims, destined forever to float randomly upon a sea of existential despair and violent poverty.  That’s precisely what Reverend King counseled against.  He envisioned a world in which the barriers to entry were removed and African-Americans could take their place shoulder to shoulder with all other races.  Today’s modern blacks, however, seem to envision just another form of enslavement, only one that doesn’t bare its teeth as openly as the old system did.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    1963? How about the unfinished business of 1864.
    The 1st US Civil War did NOT finish the job on slavery or inequality.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    “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 also had a dream. A dream where the people in the Middle East could live on something other than hating Americans and Westerners, where people did not have to see a terrorist in every Arab village and street market.
     
    The Left’s evil shall never allow such dreams to exist.
     
    Such dreams upset the people living in peace, ignorant of the true costs of prosperity and harmony.
     
    The next time you see a black Democrat zombie voter, ask him how it feels to be part of the prop support keeping up the Democrat regime, that fought for slavery, that played a part in MLK’s assassination. If they wanted freedom so bad, they wouldn’t be satisfied with a Democrat plantation system. Personal hypocrisy is the only reason why we need for personal failures, we don’t need to argue or debate “politics”.

  • Matt_SE

    The claims of black “leaders” are at least disingenuous, if not outright propaganda. But let’s take them in a certain light; that they represent an objective ill for the black community: too many blacks live in poverty and are poorly educated.
    Okay. Now that we’ve identified the problem, we have to ask why?
     
    The graphics are subtly constructed to lead the viewer to a preferred conclusion (socialism!). But it was that conclusion (socialism!) that caused the current problems.
    Government-constructed housing projects led to ghettos. Government-forced integration led to white flight, thus re-segregating or more precisely self-segregating the schools. The collapsing tax base accounts for the difference in funding, I would guess. Liberal welfare rules have disincentivized work, leading to an explosion in the out-of-wedlock birthrates (when they aren’t aborting their babies) and subsistence on the dole. The welfare state has also produced generations of low-skilled workers who aren’t worth more than the minimum wage. If you increase the minimum wage, those low-skilled workers will be the first ones to lose their jobs.
     
    You want to improve the condition of blacks in America? Stop being socialist.

  • Libby

    This seems in line with Obama’s recent declaration that his polls are low because of racism. The unsaid message is: Being African-American means never having to take responsibility, since that’s one thing one can never change (their race).
     
    In a bout of insomnia I caught a C-SPAN interview early this morning with Nicholas Johnson, who wrote “Negroes and the Gun:The Black Tradition of Arms.” He talked about how critical black gun ownership has been in America, in preventing lynchings, and also to numerous black women. He made a clear distinction between using guns as an individual (for self defense) vs. for political change by organizations such as the Black Panthers (for revolution). It was nice to catch a gun discussion that skipped the emotional rhetoric that our current politicians and MSM are obsessed with.

  • Charles Martel

    That Obama is now resorting to the race card not only reeks of desperation, but carries the potential for a massive backfire. For now, “enlightened” whites who voted for Obama to prove they were not racists may fall for the idea that it is less enlightened whites who oppose his policies, thus saving their self-pride from taking a hit for having voted for him .
     
    But as the Obamacare debacle continues, and the economy shows no substantial improvement, people’s debilitated pocketbooks will make a more persuasive argument about the man’s disabilities than the Whore Media or cocktail party circuit.
     
    A few of the cool kids are already breaking ranks. If a few more join them, the herd of independent minds that passes for our elite may yet decide to see Obama beyond his skin color and regard him as an actual–albeit failed–man. 
     
    (Of course the drawback is that, using typical leftist logic, they will determine that it is Obama’s genitals that are the problem. Time to put in call to somebody with a pudenda to guide us into the bright, sunlit uplands!)

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    If a Democrat voices anything other than total undying support for the Regime, just tell them that Obama said you are a racist if you don’t support his Presidential policies.
     
    Watch as the zombie eyes glaze over as they struggle to Obey. Cognitive Dissonance hurts. Make it hurt more.