“I have a dream”: 50 years later
I can’t be the only one to note this today — though I haven’t really looked around, so I’m going to note it anyway and just hope you don’t mind my adding my two cents — but I find it absolutely repulsive that a man like Jesse Jackson, who stood behind Dr King and who has made a career in the “civil rights movement” has become so corrupt, so morally bankrupt, and so intellectually barren, that he would now, 50-years later, join with other so-called “civil rights leaders” (which today would better be called the racialism industry) in an effort to make sure that people are actually denied their franchise by promoting fraudulent elections and using the trappings of civil rights rhetoric to deny states the ability to use photo IDs, etc., to make sure elections are fair and free and limited to actual citizens with one vote each.
To further imply that those of us who wish to see this happen — and who revere the very Constitution that provided, as Lincoln noted, the blueprint for the inevitable end to slavery (and later, suffrage) — are somehow the new Confederacy, as Jackson has, suggests to me that Jackson never once listened to King. He instead spent those formative years figuring out ways he might later profit off of a changing culture and those looking to make up for the sins of their youth. And in so doing, he’s become his very own version of Bull Connor, only with corporate lawyers instead of attack dogs, and a media establishment beholden to racialist politics rather than fire hoses.
Were he and Sharpton and Holder and two-time Obama voter, “Republican” Colin Powell, all to stand before the ghost of Dr King today and ask to be judged, I’m quite certain Dr King would not spit in their faces, being the devout Christian he was.
But I’d bet he’d have to give it some extra thought before he decided against it.