Skip to comments.Black Leadership and Racial Murder
Posted on 08/30/2013 12:43:27 PM PDT by neverdem
The recent explosion of black-on-white vicious and hateful killings -- the murder of thirteen-month-old Antonio Santiago, the shooting of nurse David Santucci in Memphis, the murder of Australian student Chris Lane, the beating death of elderly veteran Delbert Belton -- have served to put an end to one of the great myths of the civil rights movement: that black leadership would lead the country out of racism into an epoch of national reconciliation.
One of the assumptions behind the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s was that black participants (not to overlook their white supporters) had a moral claim infinitely superior to that of their opponents. There is certainly a large measure of truth to this. There's no meaningful measure of comparison between Ralph Bunche, James Meredith, Ralph Abernathy, or Martin Luther King and the Bilbos, Faubuses, and Wallaces who comprised the defenders of segregation.
(As for those who want to criticize Rev. King for his numerous affairs -- that is a private matter with no connection the subject at issue. Alpha males often misbehave in that fashion -- it's part of the package, an aspect of the human condition. Douglas MacArthur had a 17-year-old Filipina mistress before he settled down. If you can square that circle, then you can dismiss Dr. King.)
The high moral authority of its leadership characterized the entire movement. King's adaptation of a Gandhian nonviolence strategy within a "turn the other cheek" Christian framework was a key element in elevating the effort. The refusal of marchers and demonstrators to strike back elicited admiration even from those skeptical of their aims. Of the numerous killings that occurred during the civil rights era, not a single one can be ascribed to an active supporter, despite immense provocations from segregationists.
But even as the movement reached...
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Let’s just say that a vast group of young black males are THUGS like Trayvon.
Until the Black Community makes some attempt and achieves some success cleaning that up, I will listen to nothing they have to say.
If they admit that their people are violent racists, they lose the ‘moral superiority’ that they have enjoyed for years.
Maybe a better moral claim (assuming whatever moral calculus the articles author uses), but if we keep going down the path we are on, the Bilbos, Faubuses and Wallaces will have been proven right.
The logic of the moral claim of King and Abernathy has been rejected by Obama and Jarrett. It's payback time according to Obama and Jarrett, judged according to the color of your skin and not according to your character.
If these black leaders, Sharpton, Jackson, etc. ever had the moral high ground, they sold it for 30 pieces of silver.
No it is not. Especially when he is celebrated and touted for the claim 'content of character' is important.
The black and hemi-black leadership has lead the country into racism and black racist violence, and away from an epoch of national reconciliation.
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Unfortunately the NAACP, Jesse, Al and the democrat party will never change and admit there is a behavior problem, they will only make excuses for the savage behavior of blacks. They are the Plantation bosses and have no job if they decide to try and prevent blacks from being born out of wedlock, black men failing to support their children and providing for them and being part of a family.
The democrat plantation has been in existence in full force since LBJ recognized the value of a legal vote buying scheme called “Welfare” better know as “The Great Society”.
So don’t look for any thing other than what you see getting worse. These same people live for the day of white on black crime. They have tried to fake it in order to profit from it. Obama is as white as George Zimmerman.
--Petar Hektorovic, 1556.
The high moral authority of the MOVEMENT gave it its power. Its leaders later turned out to be a bunch of philanderers and satyrs.
But the point of the article -- that the moral high ground of the early civil rights era has been squandered by two-bit hustlers like Sharpton, Jackson, et. al. -- is valid.
King made his point with whites who could not conscientiously deny that their prejudices were un-Christian. But the Master Baiters rely on compelled guilt, and distort the truth to create prejudices where either there are none or where they are perfectly justified.
And that is why there is no strength left in the racial civil rights movement today.
By the way, the same is true of the so-called "women's movement." It has become nothing more than a marxist front and an engine to steamroll for abortion. It couldn't care less about women and has no high ground whatsoever remaining after its silence over the Clinton predations.
The author does not mention the appalling level of Black-on-Black violence that has existed since at least 1900.
It sure has. I grew up in a city which was at a racial simmer during the Detroit riots. Violence in our schools was an ongoing problem. In the early 1970's we experienced court-ordered busing to desegregate the schools. The racial tension in those schools was horrible. I was in middle school at the time, and I remember the rampaging 'youths' breaking windows, throwing furniture, and assaulting other students. Going to a school dance meant being taunted with racial slurs on the way into the building. Playing soccer in gym class meant being threatened with a beating if one defended the goal. Our poor choir director was pressured into teaching us a non-stop succession of Motown tunes. The demands for preferential treatment were constant, but I don't remember any gratitude being expressed for any of it. Instead white kids would periodically get attacked by groups of black kids and taunted or beaten up. Our possessions were stolen, and our time wasted in assemblies where we heard all about how we had to be more sensitive.
For many years I got away from the worst of this garbage by going to college and living in communities that had a more balanced composition. It galls me no end to see that my fellow citizens have idiotically put this same kind of vicious thuggery into power.
This black on white crime is nothing new at all. It has been going on for decades, but not everywhere. I've often observed that the biggest liberals include people who have never lived or worked in a place where this is going on, and who never had to fear for their own safety or even their peace of mind.
That’s just it...left to themselves, the black community will never try to clean things up. It has to come from people fed up with excuses for the violent and feral black underclass. I don’t really expect the problem to be adequately addressed by the present suspects. The only measures that would cure the problem would be much tougher punishment for the black criminal underclass or some sort of eugenics. Otherwise, fifty years from now, (if there’s an America) we’ll still be reading or hearing weekly stories about violent black males assaulting innocent Americans.
I agree. The morality of legal segregation does not stand or fall on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, personal morality. However, you are exactly right in observing that dismissing the "content of his character" creates a cognitive dissonance.
I believe the utter rejection of personal morality in today's black "leadership" and today's black culture is directly connected to the choice to embrace MLK as an untouchable icon, without reference to his character.