“Those who are associated with ‘Black Power’ and black supremacy are wrong.”
Today we’re observing the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. The quote above are words spoken by him, words spoken after he visited Chicago mayor Richard Daley (father of Chicago’s current “mayor”). Of his visit to Chicago, Dr. King said, “This is the most tragic picture of man’s inhumanity to man. I’ve been to Mississippi and Alabama and I can tell you that the hatred and hostility in Chicago are really deeper than in Alabama and Mississippi.”
I lived for a couple of years in Alabama, and I can tell you that is a profound statement. Even today, racism remains in parts of Alabama. Chicago, however, has racial issues that Alabama never dreamed of seeing. There are neighborhoods in Chicago where you don’t go if you’re white. In Los Angeles, Hispanic gangs declared war on any and all black people in their territory last year. During the 2008 elections, two members of the New Black Panther Party were caught on video brandishing nightsticks at a polling place.
If any white person even talks about doing things like this, it’s on the front page of our newspapers, it’s the main story on the national news, and it’s immediately declared a racist travesty that needs to be stamped out. When people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Jeremiah Wright speak, they do so with impugnity, and they rail at white people as being a privileged class that is responsible for the high number of blacks in ghettos and prisons. If Dr. King could see what these people are saying and advocating now he would be absolutely heartbroken.
Not only that, but black conservative pundits are called “Uncle Toms” by fellow blacks. Why? For not being liberal? Is it some kind of sin for a black person to declare themselves politically conservative? Dr. King wouldn’t have appreciated that, either. Dr. King advocated true peace; he envisioned a world where his children would be judged not by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. He openly said that fighting other races to become superior was just as wrong as white people enacting segregation laws, but that has been forgotten by now. Today, it is perfectly acceptable for a black teenager to come to school wearing a shirt bearing a raised fist next to the words “Black Power” while any white student wearing similar clothing for white pride would be suspended.
Racism of any kind is not acceptable. It is not acceptable for white supremacists to blame all of society’s malfunctions on blacks and Hispanics. It is not acceptable for black men to don paramilitary uniforms and threaten violence against white people. It is not acceptable for Hispanics to conduct marches in American cities accusing white people of racism and inhumanity for merely wanting the laws of their nation to be enforced in the deportation of illegal aliens. And it is not acceptable for everybody to accuse white people of racism for merely disagreeing with America’s first black president.
Were Dr. King alive today, he would be appalled at white liberal Democrats hoping aloud that the first black justice on the supreme court would die of what they considered a typical black stereotype. He would be equally appalled at the activities of the NBPP (I think he’d be appalled at there mere existence). How far we have come–and how far we have fallen.
“A great achievement of modern liberalism — and a primary reason for its surviving decades past the credibility of its ideas — is that it captured black resentment as an exclusive source of power. It even gave this resentment a Democratic Party affiliation. (Anti-war sentiment is the other great source of liberal power, but it is not the steady provider that black and minority resentment has been).” –Shelby Steele