August 28, 2013 is the 50th anniversary date of the historic March on Washington and of course, the famous "I Have a Dream" speech by Dr. King. Without question, Dr. King's speech is one of the most famous speeches in history and one of the most recited.
Every school year, millions of students of all ages are introduced to the "Dream" speech as part of the King holiday celebration and as part of their history lessons. Whenever, Dr. King is discussed by the media, politicians, entertainers or civil rights activists, the "Dream" speech is front and center.
Is is fair to pigeonhole and tie Dr. King to just one speech, when he did so much work before the March on Washington and he did so much work for the next five years after the March until his assassination in 196?. Most importantly, is it fair to teach black children that the most famous civil rights leader in history was a dreamer?
Now, it is fine to dream, but Dr. King did much more than dream. He was an aggressive leader who believed in making things happen. He didn't sit passively waiting for others, especially the Federal government to make manifest a dream because Dr. King knew it was the government that was the greatest barrier to black people's civil and human rights.
Dr. King evolved so much between 1963 and 1968 that it is a travesty to leave his legacy in a time warp. Dr. King called for economic boycotts of major white-owned corporations in America because he knew that in order to force change among white America you had to hurt them financially. Many black preachers, as well as the white and black owned media and politicians turned their back on Dr. King because of his opposition to the Vietnam War. He was called a traitor by many white people and they wanted him arrested and tried for treason. Black preachers as well President Johnson and others told him to stay in his place and operate as a civil rights leader only.
However, Dr. King was a man of conscious and strong will, he stood against injustice no matter what it cost him personally. He said that the United States was the greatest perpetrator of violence in the world and that America should leave the Vietnamese alone and let them determine their own future.
Dr. King gave numerous speeches espousing his views on race relations in America, the need for economic boycotts and his opposition to the war in Vietnam, why are none of those speeches ever promoted? Why don't we ever hear quotes from those speeches when the King Holiday is celebrated?
We must teach black children not to allow white America to define their leaders. There is a reason why the media, the government and white America loves the "Dream" speech. It is a speech that can be used to teach black people to be passive and submissive. It teaches black people to wait for a dream to materialize, even when it is clear that race relations and the economic gap between white and black is widening. It teaches us to dream of the day when blacks won't be judged by the color of their skin, in spite of the fact that we are judged by the color of our skin every day in white America.
I respect and honor the legacy of Dr. King because I have studied his life and have a fuller picture of his work. If I knew Dr. King for the "Dream" speech only, I would not respect him the way that I do.
Tell the children the truth, they can deserve it and they can handle it. We must define our leaders and our heroes.
As I suspected and expected, the media coverage of the murder of Trayvon Martin is declining. Other sensational news stories are now getting the television, print and internet coverage. Other newsworthy murders have occurred as well as political news including the government wiretapping stories and news from abroad, they are all taking precedent over Trayvon’s death. So now what?
Will the commitment to make sure that Trayvon’s death is not in vain remain strong when there is no media coverage? Can the emotion that has played a big part in fueling the efforts that have taken place so far be sustained without news coverage of the rallies, protests and personal appearances of Trayvon’s parents?
I have always believed that the real challenge would come once the cameras went away. It is why when I had the opportunity to meet Tracy Martin, Trayvon’s father for a brief meeting, I encouraged him to help put in place well thought out programs that will continue to make a difference in the black community when the news media move on.
The white owned news media has never been a friend of the black community. Just as quickly as they can hype a story, they can ignore a story. Just as quickly as they can build up an individual, they can and will tear down an individual. So as the news media moves on, black people must also move on. We must continue to move forward to stop the senseless murders of black people whether it is by the hands of white racists or black self-haters. A parent’s pain is no less when it’s another black person responsible for the death of their son or daughter. But one of the biggest challenges facing the black community is our dependency on the white owned media to determine what is important to us. It is going to be very difficult for the emotion surrounding Trayvon’s death to remain as high when the white owned media is essentially saying it is time for us and the rest of the country to get over it and on to the next story.
That why we need well thought out plans and programs that are not dependent on emotion alone, but instead are based on a real understanding of the challenges facing the black community. We need solutions, not just a lot of talk. And most importantly, the plans and programs must not be dependent on the white owned media to validate their importance.
When I was inspired to create my personal development program for black males in 1993, my intentions were to create a program that would offer solutions to the challenges facing black boys as they struggle to transition to true manhood. I didn’t want to be among those who always complained about the lives of black boys, but never did anything more than complain.
I offer my program as an example of something that can be sustained and has been sustained since 1993 without depending on the white media to report on my work or publicize what I do.
I pray that the black community doesn’t allow Trayvon’s death to be in vain or any of the millions of other black people that have been murdered in this country since the time our ancestors were forced onto the slave ships.
But if we rely on emotion alone and if we depend on the white owned media to tell us who and what is important and newsworthy then not only will Trayvon’s death be in vain, but so will ours.
Like most black people, I have followed the killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman since the shooting death began receiving national media coverage. I am convinced that Trayvon was profiled by Mr. Zimmerman primarily for one reason, he was a black male. Did the wearing of the hoodie add to the negative image that George Zimmerman had of Trayvon? I believe it did, but black males are negatively stereotyped whether they are wearing hoodies or business suits. We are not given the benefit of the doubt. Just ask all of the successful black men stopped by the police while driving expensive automobiles. Anyway, let’s focus on the Zimmerman case.
After the killing of Trayvon, the police of Sanford, Florida had no intentions of charging George Zimmerman with any crime. If you remember, he was questioned by the police and released. After Trayvon’s family and others refused to let this tragedy go unnoticed, the national media slowly and reluctantly began to give coverage to the case. Black people all over America and beyond took to the streets, to social media and every other venue to protest the killing of Trayvon and to demand justice. Black people were very emotional over the death of Trayvon and that is both a good and a bad thing.
I believe that without question, the only reason Mr. Zimmerman was finally arrested was due to the non-stop protests and demands of the black community. So the powers that be made a conscience decision to arrest George Zimmerman to quell the protests and pacify those who wanted an arrest. However, I don’t believe there was ever a commitment on the part of the police, the prosecutors or white people in general to see a white man go to jail for killing a young black man, especially one who has been portrayed as a thug by some in the media.
White policemen have never shown any respect for black life, especially that of black males. Black males are routinely shot by white law enforcement officers and those officers are nearly always exonerated by claiming that the black man was posing some type of threat. So to think that the same white policemen would commit themselves to vigorously seeking evidence to arrest and convict George Zimmerman, a white man of murdering the very same black males that they themselves justify killing all the time is beyond reasonable thinking on the part of black people.
Furthermore, to think that white prosecutors, the same prosecutors who always seem to find the actions of white policemen justified when killing black males would be committed to sending George Zimmerman to jail is preposterous. George Zimmerman was arrested to pacify black people and soothe our emotional pain, but they never intended for him to go to prison.
The prosecution intentionally put on one of the weakest cases I have ever seen. Since when have you seen a trial where nearly every prosecution witness scores points for the defense? Do you really believe the prosecution didn’t know what their witnesses would say? You think they didn’t know that the policemen called for the prosecution would help the defense? Of course, they did! Also, how could the prosecution agree to a six member jury with five of the jurors being white in a trial with such strong racial issues?
Back to our emotions. Emotional outrage can only be sustained for so long. It’s like a crying baby, eventually the baby will cry him or herself to sleep. The goal is simply to let black people vent for a while, then quiet us with an arrest. It is a tactic that has worked successfully in the past.
Now that Zimmerman has been found, "not guilty," the prosecution and policemen can simply say, “well, we tried.”
But the fact of the matter is that they didn't try. The prosecutors intentionally blew the case. They and the policemen collectively worked together to ensure that the jury would have no alternative but to find Zimmerman not guilty. We have witnessed white folks conspiring together to protect one of their own. Did the prosecution, policemen, defense lawyers and judge meet in some secret place and agree to free Zimmerman? Of course not. There was no need to do that.
The white people referenced in the Zimmerman case have an inherent disrespect for black life and therefore they all knew that Trayvon's life did not warrant a white man losing his freedom. So conscious and unconscious decisions were made not to vigorously prosecute George Zimmerman.
White supremacy is maintained because white people in positions of power, as were the prosecutors, policemen and judge in the Zimmerman case work together to maintain white power and to keep black people in inferior positions. We can't expect justice from a system that is unjust at its very core.
“The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who in time of great moral crisis maintain their neutrality.”
Italian national epic poet (1265 - 1321)
The push for same sex marriage has been called the most important civil rights issue of the 21st century. Those in favor of same sex marriage refer to it as "marriage equality." Those opposed to same sex marriage see it as an abomination.
Yes, indeed, same sex marriage is a great and important issue that is dividing the American people. Families are split over the question of same sex marriage. There appears to be a generational gap according to some polls. Young people are less likely to oppose same sex marriages than their parents and grandparents.
But many of those who support same sex marriage, particularly those in the media and members of the LGBT community are being dishonest. The movement that is taking place is the attempt to legitimize homosexuality and lesbianism as normal, natural lifestyles.
Now, this is not my first time addressing this issue and I’m sure it won’t be my last. I agree with those who contend that the push for same sex marriage is a big deal. It is a big deal, not as a civil rights issue, but as a moral issue. Same sex marriage is an issue that will find out what you are made of.
So many people have paid lip service to God and his moral dictates because it is easy to profess a belief in something as long as you don’t have to demonstrate your belief. But your future and my future depend on what position we take regarding same sex marriage. (Reread Dante’s quote.)
Black people inherently know that two men are not supposed to lie together as if they are man and woman. We also know that two women are not supposed to lie together as if they are man and woman. It is naturally wrong and we know it. Homosexuality and lesbianism are abominations and we know it. But black people have allowed the wickedly wise teachers of America to use their institutions to impose their immorality on us. These “devils” are so wise that they have made immorality appear to be morality and morality appears to be immorality.
Those opposed to homosexuality and same sex marriage are characterized as homophobic, closed minded bigots willingly denying others the same privileges they enjoy. They are seen as backward thinkers unwilling to change with an evolving morality. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Morality doesn’t evolve. Right and wrong doesn’t change. Why? Because morality is rooted in the divine, universal laws of God and God is not an evolving God.
The cowardice of black folks who know better, but are now silent on the issue of same sex marriage and the move to legitimize homosexuality is sad, but very revealing. They will be able to hide behind the shield of political correctness. There is no safety in numbers. I don’t care how many people speak in support of same sex marriage, each of us will personally be held accountable for willingly selling our soul.
Many of our black celebrities, entertainers and athletes are speaking out in favor of same sex marriage to avoid doing harm to their careers. Little do they realize that they will die as broken spirits, bankrupt from the inside out because they love this world and their careers more than they love that which is right.
Every black man and woman should be extremely insulted whenever the homosexual community compare their fight to the fight of black people for human rights. Black people never asked for anything more than their natural, divinely ordained human rights. Rights that white racists intentionally kept from black people.
What homosexuals are asking for is not natural, nor is it ordained by God. So there is no comparison to the so-called “civil rights movement” of black people.
Lastly, we should have known that the day would come when our lives would be placed in the valley of decision. There is no hiding place.
Will you live the rest of your life in a living hell because you sold your soul to the wicked of this world? Will you remain neutral in “time of a great moral crisis?”