“It’s not burn baby burn,but learn,baby,learn,so that you can earn,baby,earn.” –Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr.,1967
Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the great “I Have a Dream”speech by Martin Luther King Jr.. This should have been a day of uplifting speeches about self-empowerment and personal achievement. We should have heard speakers expand on King’s dream of a colorblind society where people are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. We should have heard about the character traits that lead to success… and heard warnings about the character defects that lead to failure. We should have been reminded to be grateful that we live in a land of opportunity, where people who work hard can achieve their dreams.
We should have heard that,but we didn’t. We heard a series of false narratives,designed to foster racial divisions and keep blacks on the Democrat Plantation. King’s legacy has been hijacked by race hustlers who profit from racial turmoil.
We heard that Republican racism is what is keeping black people down. The nation’s only black Senator,a Republican,was not invited to speak,nor were other prominent black conservatives. Joe Biden’s theme that Republicans “want to keep y’all in chains”was repeated in different ways. The goal yesterday was to reinforce the walls around the Democrat Plantation.
We heard that wealth inequality is the result of racism. It has nothing to do with differing degrees of productive achievement,just racism. We will be a racist country until everyone has equal amounts of everything. We were told that the failed ’War on Poverty’must be renewed, and the entire emphasis will be on taking from the “haves.”
We heard that our racist culture puts large numbers of young black men in prison just because they are black. It can’t be because they commit more crimes. It must be the racist Republican’s fault. Or maybe it’s the cops fault. It’s just not the criminal’s fault. Ice Cube explains this in his song,“Why We Thugs”. He sings:“They give us guns and drugs,then wonder why in the f*ck we thugs”. It’s always “they”.
We heard that black failure in schools is the result of not enough money being spent. Staggering amounts of money have been spent on black education. It has been shown in places like Washington,DC. that spending more does not increase achievement. Good charter schools do increase achievement,but our government does the bidding of the teachers unions;so charter schools are fought at every level. Obama closed an excellent charter school in Washington,D.C..
The false narrative of the Zimmerman/Martin case plays a prominent role in speeches. The narrative,which bears almost no relationship to the known facts of the case,was designed to create racial animosity. It continues to serve that ugly purpose.
One person who spoke is a master at creating a problem and then posing as the problem solver. It is a technique that seems to work well for him. When the Cambridge police were called about a possible burglary at the home of black Professor Louis Gates,Gates objected to the officers’insistence on seeing his identification,and he was charged with disorderly conduct. President Obama,who admitted he didn’t know all the facts,decided to inject himself into the case anyway. He said the cops “acted stupidly”and implied that racism caused the problem. This resulted in the “Beer Summit”where Obama posed as the great healer.
When Gabrielle Giffords was shot in 2011,another entirely inappropriate accusation was made. Sarah Palin and talk radio were immediately blamed for the assault by the entire Democrat machine. The story was everywhere that Gabrielle was shot because a climate of hate was created when Palin listed several Democrat districts that should be ‘targeted’in the upcoming election. Yes,it was just that absurd. But this Democrat-created nonsense gave the Pompous Pontificator in Chief a chance to speak to the nation as the moral healer who could absolve Palin and other hateful conservatives while pretending to be above petty partisanship. The whole narrative was a creation of petty partisanship.
Obama and Eric Holder are both deeply involved in the ongoing effort to create racial animosity with the Zimmerman/Martin case. Both behind the scenes and right out in the open,they are mining this case for all the racial division they can get out of it. It’s called ‘securing the base’. Obama now poses as a racial healer.
He builds a fire. He heroically arrives to put it out.
Walter Williams wrote a good column recently pondering the question of how great civil rights leaders like King would feel if they saw black culture today. Would they be proud? Excerpts:
Most of the parents and civil rights leaders whose sacrifices and courage made today’s educational opportunities possible are no longer with us. My question is:If they could know what many of today’s black youngsters have done with the fruits of their sacrifice,would they be proud? Most schools identified as “persistently dangerous”are predominantly black schools…. Nationally,the black four-year high-school graduation rate is 52 percent. In some cities,such as Detroit and Philadelphia,it’s considerably lower — 20 percent and 24 percent,respectively.
What black politicians,parents,teachers and students have created is nothing less than a gross betrayal and squandering of the struggle paid in blood,sweat and tears by previous generations to make possible the educational opportunities that were denied to blacks for so long. [snip]
Black people don’t need to have a conversation with white people on matters of race. One first step would be to develop a zero tolerance for criminal and disruptive school behavior,as well as a zero tolerance for criminal behavior in neighborhoods. If city authorities cannot or will not provide protection,then law-abiding black people should find a way to provide that protection themselves.
Bryce Buchanan blogs at www.realitybatslast.com.