Skip to comments.Sowell: A Poignant Anniversary
Posted on 08/26/2013 12:57:05 PM PDT by jazusamo
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and of the Reverend Martin Luther King's memorable "I have a dream" speech, is a time for reflections some inspiring, and some painful and ominous.
At the core of Dr. King's speech was his dream of a world in which people would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by "the content of their character."
Judging individuals by their individual character is at the opposite pole from judging how groups are statistically represented among employees, college students or political figures.
Yet many if not most of those who celebrate the "I have a dream" speech today promote the directly opposite approach of group preferences, especially those based on skin color.
How consistent Martin Luther King himself was as he confronted the various issues of his time is a question that can be left for historians. His legacy to us is the "I have a dream" speech.
What was historic about that speech was not only what was said but how powerfully its message resonated among Americans of that time, across the spectrum of race, ideology and politics. A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted in Congress for both the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
To say that that was a hopeful time would be an understatement. To say that many of those hopes have since been disappointed would also be an understatement.
There has been much documented racial progress since 1963. But there has also been much retrogression, of which the disintegration of the black family has been central, especially among those at the bottom of the social pyramid.
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Another insightful analysis of the sad legacy of the Civil Rights movement from the eminent Dr. Sowell.
I was just reading in Fox Nation what a mess the rats left at the national Mall
Yes, Emily Miller really ripped them for the mess. I think what raised my ire the most was that the Reflection Pool was trashed also, the Rats did it on purpose.
This is a sad and frustrating state of affairs, again described perfectly by Dr. Sowell.
Incidentally, Dr. King was killed by James Earl Ray. Ray had recently worked for George Wallace's presidential election campaign, because he was inspired by Wallace's segregationist stance against blacks. Wallace was, of course, a Democrat.
Exactly...Many forget about the Dems in the South that lived in that era and I believe many younger Dems now don’t realize just how fanatically racist those Dems were in suppressing blacks.