50 years ago today, Martin Luther King gave a stirring speech to thousands of Americans on the steps of the Lincoln memorial. He helped give a strong voice to people who had been beaten down by Jim Crow and years of injustice, and helped to encourage them to fight the injustice.
Today, 50 years later, people gathered in Washington in honor of the occasion. But it seems that King’s message of peace, unity and the American spirit has fallen on deaf ears. Speaker after speaker came up to the podium, and none seemed to grasp what Mr. King said. All that seemed to be going on was people pushing 21st century talking points, and using the words of a great uniter to their advantage.
I must disagree with all of these prominent speakers and leaders in modern society. Martin Luther King would not have stood for abortion, gun control and wouldn’t have fought against voter ID laws. All of these are things that he would not stand for. His message of peace was clear, that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Abortion is something that he would have fought as it is an injustice against the human person. Gun control is something that he would not have supported because it infringes upon the rights that our founding fathers handed down to us. Rights that MLK held very dear as he noted them more than once in his famous I Have A Dream speech. And he would have supported Voter ID laws and seen the good in them as it would help keep the election process clean and fair. As the intelligent man that he was, he would have found the good in the laws that so many ridicule and claim to be a way to keep blacks from voting.
Former congressman and veteran Allen West phrases it very well,
In 1961 when I was born in Atlanta in Dr King’s neighborhood, my parents would not have been allowed on Ft. Lauderdale beach or Palm Beach Island. Fifty years later, I was sworn in as the Congressional Representative of those same beaches. This nation elected a black president, not once but twice. Have we come far since the abolition of slavery, and Dr. King’s march 50 years ago? Absolutely, but when we examine the state of America’s inner cities, we must all be appalled. Dr. King talked about the Declaration of Independence and the guarantee of unalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. But when it comes to life, over the past two score years, some 13 million black babies have been aborted. The black community would be 36% greater if not for this tragedy, this genocide. How many babies never got the chance to experience King’s dream, the American dream? And why are there so few voices speaking up on these issues? In the last 50 years we have witnessed the complete breakdown and collapse of what once was the foundational strength of the black community, the family. We fought to break the chains of physical bondage, but today the chains of economic and social bondage are even greater.
We as a nation have successfully broken the chains of slavery, but in years past they have been replaced by chains of a different type of slavery. Economic and social bondage as Mr. West put it. People have been brainwashed into the mindset that we are separated by classes, that some people are better than others because of their social status or amount of wealth. This a false notion and should be done away with. Martin Luther King would be appalled to see how we act today, with the name calling and social class structure. He would speak against it, and tell us to break free of the chains of this new slavery that has gripped our nation. He would call his brothers, black and white to stand up against the injustice being waged upon us.
In one sense King’s dream was realized. We have had great political leaders that have been men of color, we even elected a black man as our president for the first time in history. There have been many prominent men and women of color who have benefited from his dream. I’d even say it helped open the gates for Latinos and other races to be accepted in society.
America has changed a lot in the last 50 years, and we still have a ways to go. If we want to see our nation succeed, and to see the full vision of Martin Luther Kings dream realized. Then we must no longer sit back in silence as time passes and people try to brainwash the next generation. A life on food stamps is not the American dream. Raising a family, or starting a business, inventing something, or just working hard and earning a good living. That is the true American dream, Kings dream. It is time that we realize that.
I leave you with the powerful speech that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave on August 28th, 1963.