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MLK’s Dream Perverted by the Left

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 29, 2013

Martin_Luther_KingThis week the Country celebrated the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights march on Washington, DC.  That march was one of the key historical events for America during the 20th century.  It was perhaps the defining moment when the Country was forced to address the cancer of institutionalized racism that was a blight on American history since the Civil War.

This week’s celebration included speeches by politicians and civil rights leaders.  Most were dignified, as exemplified by Georgia Congressman John Lewis who marched with Dr. King 50 years ago.  While President Obama took the opportunity for some politics during his speech, he made profound statements concerning personal responsibility.  Other speeches were not so dignified and promoted division, rather than the inclusion taught by MLK.

One item not included in President Obama’s speech was how he, an African-American, became President of the United States.  Did he obtain the most powerful position in the world by luck, by affirmative-action or through his own intellectual and work-ethic skills?  This question is skirted as the answer impacts others who have not been as fortunate.  Is their misfortune due to their own lack of skills, bad luck, or racism?  How do these answers reconcile with Barack Obama’s success?

There was also a glaring omission to the speakers in Washington.  Missing were any who had a conservative bent in their political leanings.  Not one African-American politician who dissents with the Left’s philosophies was invited.  While the reason for the omission is obvious, it brings to the forefront the Left’s unwillingness to consider intellectual or political dissent.

walter-williamsThis Blog points readers to a recent posting titled The leftist diversity agenda, by Dr. Walter E. Williams, professor of economics at George Mason University.  Dr. Williams, an African-American, appropriately differentiates equality and equity stating:

“Ideas such as equity and equal opportunity, while having high emotional value, are vacuous analytical concepts.  For example, I’ve asked students whether they plan to give every employer an equal opportunity to hire them when they graduate.  To a person, they always answer no.  If they aren’t going to give every employer an equal opportunity to hire them, what’s fair about forcing employers to give them an equal opportunity to be hired?”

“The most notable gross racial disparity on campus, and hence probative of discrimination, can be found on GMU’s fabulous men’s basketball team.  Blacks are less than 9 percent of student enrollment but are 85 percent of our varsity basketball team and dominate its starting five.”

Most importantly, Williams concludes that: “Western values are superior to all others.  Why?  The greatest achievement of the West was the concept of individual rights” and “Western values are under ruthless attack by the academic elite on college campuses across America.  They want to replace personal liberty with government control and replace equality before the law with entitlement.  The multiculturalism and diversity agenda is a cancer on our society, and our tax dollars and charitable donations are supporting it.”

To Dr. William’s comments this Blog adds where else in the world has a country so changed as has United States since Dr. King’s march 50 years ago?  Where else can an oppressed minority rise up against that oppression and have the majority introspectively address its flaws and affirmatively work to correct them?  The answers to such questions are avoided by the Left who continually portrays America as a villain.

 

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