Skip to comments.MLK Rally marked by Bush, Ashcroft bashing & absence of US flags; Speaker Praises Mugabe
Posted on 08/23/2003 6:23:59 PM PDT by nwrep
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On paper, and publicly. But the whole politics of the Civil Rights Movement was to summon the federal government to put down Mr. Charlie with central-government power -- a Marxist dream. The jury's still out on whether it was really about rights, or just about the back of the bus. Over the last 20 years, I've begun to incline toward the latter, with the emergence of preferences and "affirmative action". Key quotes: Benjamin Hooks's "Never, ever, ever let the white man off the hook", and Kweisi Mfume's "No apologies" (meaning: do what's best for "us", go ahead and step on other people, and no apologies).
I'm not so sure that, offered the possibility of "affirmative action", King wouldn't have gone for it. His rhetoric was at odds with preferences -- but he was a liberal, after all. Would you want to bet the farm on your proposition?
The good news in all this is that the NAACP and the SCLC, which were among the more confrontational civil-rights groups (right after SNCC and its child, the Black Panther Party), don't represent anything like the full spectrum of opinion in the black community.
He did NOT ask for welfare or elitist status. He wanted people to be judged by their character, not their income, their vote, or color, or quotas.
He kept saying that, but how do you really know? He kept slapping women around in motel rooms, too.
You can't infer strict equalitarianism from his politics, which was all about stirring up Northern liberals and getting them to send federal marshals and federal troops into the South to knock down white Southerners politically on the Civil Rights Movement's behalf. Which was very congruent with the agenda of Northern liberals whose vast welfare-state programs and "principles" were consistently obstructed by Southern "moss-backs". The whole purpose of the Civil Rights Movement, from the Northern point of view, was to get those anti-socialists out of office.
You don't even have to be conservative to make it. Oprah is as rich as anybody any color. Bill Cosby, Mikey Jordan, and a few others have done alright. It's a shame but some more liberal names can't stay off the demon weed and keep their pants zipped or in the case of O.J., keep from cutting throats. They shall be judged by their character however.
It always facinated me when Jesse Jackson was fretting over the different prison terms for cocaine and crack, I would scream at the TV,"Don't do either one, don't get anybody pregnant, stay in school, try not to shoot AK's from your car, and you too could be Justice Thomas!" It was just so logical to me that if you didn't want a crack sentence, DON'T DO CRACK!
Chances are good today that if you are down and out, you probably don't have any content in your character, black or white.
Side point. Does anyone remeber the uproar during the late 1980's and early 1990's that the CIA and Presidents Reagan and Bush (41) were responsible for bringing crak cocaine into the inner cities? The authorities answered by cracking down on crack and putting crack dealers and users in jail at a higher rate. This, as much as anything, helped to spur the drop in crime that occured in most inner cities during the late 1990's. It probably helped save the lives of around 500,000-1,000,000 young blacks. Yet here we are in 2003 with a "black leader" telling people that the crack down on crack is racist!?!? AM I LIVING IN A BIZARRO WORLD????
I saw your comment, but I'm not going to take the bait.
Bizarro, yes -- to think two presidents would conspire to import crack. That was a vile canard run out by the San Diego paper and duly exposed as false. I believe the paper printed a retraction.
There was no shortage of American flags when Elian was in the middle of a tug of war between freedom and slavery. The Congressional Black Caucus was on Castro's side back then too but the people of Miami wanted his freedom.
Elian is back in the clutches of communism.
Former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (R), Cuban boy Elian Gonzales and Reverend Lucius Walker of the U.S. sit together during a political rally at the former Moncada military barracks in Santiago de Cuba, July 26, 2003. Today is the 50th anniversary of the assault on the military compound led by Fidel Castro that launched the revolution. REUTERS/Claudia Daut
As a teacher I have shown that speech to my students, and have always been proud that it was an inclusive speech. Everyone is welcome to the table.
After watching this circus on C-Span this morning I am sickened at the partisan attacks that took place. Speaker after speaker lashed out at the Bush Administration, calling them the evil ones.
Unfortunately they don't see the progress that has been made in 40 years.
A profound event that could have been uplifting was turned into a terrible sadness.
Mugabe's family and political cronies took the lion's share of land and LEASED small plots to other blacks that support his ruling party but the net result for blacks is starvation and displacement from the farms where they lived and worke and ate and were educated.
You're right. MLK was a Christian. There were mostly black muslims attending that rally. Nothing but wall to wall coverage on this sham rally and virtually no coverage of the supporters who rallied down at the Alabama courthouse yesterday.
Had you considered Freeping this?
The full flower of the modern Left's turpitude and depravity.