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Fess Up, Conservatives: Time to Accept Blame for MLK’s Unrealized Dream

The Left will mark the speech's fiftieth anniversary with a blamefest. Be ready with your apologies.

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Roger Clegg

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August 24, 2013 - 11:12 am
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Over the next couple of weeks, we will be hearing a lot about how — fifty years after the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” – America is still woefully short of the land Dr. King dreamed of, and of course that conservatives are to be blamed for this.

And, really, there is no point in disputing this claim.

For example, it is obvious now that we would have been so much better off if the fuddy duddies had ignored the Congressional Black Caucus and allowed the sale of crack cocaine in the inner cities to proceed apace. Becoming a crack addict is no big deal, and it is better to address any problems after the fact by encouraging the crack addict to report to a social worker or healthcare professional. That should be obvious and, indeed, it’s obviously racism to deny it. After all, white folks have long acknowledged that meth addiction is no big deal and have never objected to drug trafficking in white, rural areas.

Same thing for crime generally. Our criminal justice system is hopelessly racist from the top down, starting with our white president and white attorney general, who have tricked all the black prosecutors and judges and policemen to look the other way while systemic racism abounds. True, no one really disputes that the people who are convicted are guilty, but what the ACLU is after is more arrests of white people in order to eliminate the existing racial disparities.

And when the police target high-crime areas and use stop-and-frisk tactics, it’s a terrible thing for people of color, even if it is not technically “racial” profiling. Either the people who are stopped are innocent, in which case they have no choice but to proceed to go about their business, or they are not, in which case they are arrested. It’s hard to say which is worse.

And another thing: Why should rich white folks insist on three-strikes-and-you’re-out laws anyhow, when these unfortunate criminals aren’t likely to be in their neighborhoods? It’s absurd that we should continue locking people up at the same time that crime rates are going down.

There’s nothing wrong with making excuses for bad, self-destructive behavior. That might be called “enabling” in some other context, but not here. It’s not really the criminal’s fault, after all. Conservatives just don’t know how hard it is and how the world is mistreating people of color. When you see an alcoholic who is down and out, it’s just common decency to buy him a drink.

When Dr. King said that he hoped for a day when his children would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, he meant precisely that: That racial preferences are a good idea, and that telling someone that they can’t have a job or vote because of some silly felony conviction is terribly, terribly wrong.

And it’s not just crime that is no big deal. Why should employers be able to get away with telling people that they have to pass some kind of firefighting test before they can become firefighters? Why should bankers care if someone is likely to repay a loan before deciding whether to make a loan at a particular interest rate? In our schools, isn’t it more important that all racial and ethnic groups be disciplined at the same rates than that there actually be school discipline? And why encourage immigrants to learn English when everyone knows that not knowing English is no impediment to a rewarding and successful career as a ditch digger?

People of color are much, much better off if they are not encouraged to study hard, live within their means, follow the rules, and otherwise “act white.” Acting white is, after all, for white people, and conservatives should not insist on such undiverse behavior for anyone else. In the long run, if folks in a particular group are not meeting some standard, it is better for them if we get rid of the standard than if we encourage them to meet it. After all, too, too many people of color won’t.

What’s worse, the fact is that it is much harder to raise children who do well in school and stay out of trouble with the law and have a lot of “values” in a home without a father. Now, given the choice between getting rid of these trifling and unrealistic standards, on the one hand, versus embracing an inspiring diversity of childrearing possibilities, on the other, isn’t it obvious that we should be nonjudgmental?

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Until Barack Obama won the presidency, black Americans were making great progress, and color-blind equality looked like an achievable goal. They were moving into the main stream, and the race-baiting charlatans were losing their influence. Thanks to Obama, all that has been reversed, and it's going to take more decades to overcome.

I said it before, and I'll keep on saying it. It was a good thing for Ameri
ca to finally elect a black president, but it was a heartbreaking tragedy that that black president was Barack Obama.
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Having watched the unfolding of this movement and its effects over 50 years, I have radically altered my once very positive attitude. King is no hero of mine. Blacks continue to be the problem children of America only because of themselves. "Racism" is a merely the secular version of "witchcraft". If the Obama administration has had one achievement among its many disasters, it is helping me finally to shed any feeling either of guilt about or responsibility for Blacks in this country, or anywhere.
1 year ago
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The black community leaders are the ones that are holding back the America that MLK talked about in his "Dream Speech". To them the color of the skin is more important than the accomplishment of those that moved ahead and made something of themselves. These same black leaders are holding the black comminities hostage for their own selfish needs. They blame the whites, but they are the real slave owners.
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Why do people keep saying Obama is our first black president? He is our first MIXED RACE president. His mother was white and his father was an African with no psychic ties to the many of the blacks in this country who are decendants of slaves. And his father packed his bags and left his children behind. No reference is made of the white side of Obama's family. Remember when he was elected, his white uncle was on the news a couple of times. But after he stated a couple of common sense sentences, you never saw him again. If Barry is considered a religious man, there is one lesson he forgets to practice. And it is "Honor your father AND your mother."
1 year ago
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He is the First Black President because that is how he is perceived. All the principles of Affirmative Action apply to him just as it does to any other black person who walks about the Fruited Plain we call the USA. The fact that he is "mixed" is completely irrelevant with regard to how Obama is to be treated, what is to apply to him & what is not. If he were white, he would have been impeached before the close of his first term; beyond that he very likely would have never been reelected.
1 year ago
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"When Dr. King said that he hoped for a day when his children would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin........."

Unfortunately, MLKIII did not get the memo.
1 year ago
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Problem is, when you do judge them by the content of their character, and not the color of their skin, they don't like that, either.
1 year ago
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I wish the character of this fellow was as dark as his skin. As far as one can see it way gone to the dark side.
1 year ago
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If it wasnt for us ebil white men, Trayvon Martin would have been a rocket scientist!
1 year ago
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yeah, working for Iran.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
BOHICA
1 year ago
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From all outward appearances, the black community are actively fomenting a race war.

Whatever else they are thinking, they should be careful with fomenting that desire in the black community. They just might get what they asked for...for they are outnumbered and outgunned by at least five or six to one.

The real tragedy are the innocent people on both sides who will die and suffer once such a war has begun.

Yes, it can be argued that they've already begun the war. That they fired the first shot and drew first blood.
1 year ago
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And of course, people like me, who are black, but not progressive leftists, are going to be murdered in the crossfire.
1 year ago
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Don't live in a city. This is only going to happen in our big cities. It will be stopped butt cold once it reaches the burbs. And forget about rural areas.

As far as I'm concerned the loss of these cities are no big loss. Would probably be a political BOON to the rest of the country.
1 year ago
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They aren't thinking about the innocents on both sides who will be harmed or killed. The only thoughts of our leaders are about power and personal advantage. They could care less about the rest of us.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Until Barack Obama won the presidency, black Americans were making great progress, and color-blind equality looked like an achievable goal. They were moving into the main stream, and the race-baiting charlatans were losing their influence. Thanks to Obama, all that has been reversed, and it's going to take more decades to overcome.

I said it before, and I'll keep on saying it. It was a good thing for Ameri
ca to finally elect a black president, but it was a heartbreaking tragedy that that black president was Barack Obama.
1 year ago
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Nobody could say it better.
1 year ago
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"Until Barack Obama won the presidency, black Americans were making great progress, and color-blind equality looked like an achievable goal.:

I wonder. It seems to me the post-civil rights union of white guilt and relentless black drive for special treatment across society has left in its wake more devastation in the black community than the pre-civil rights southern racists would ever have contemplated. The civil rights movement was born from institutionalized hostility. Once they were legally free and equal, could the black community survive success with its moral integrity? I don't have an answer.
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You have to understand that the few southern states that this was going on in wasn't represented in the rest of the country. As white people were experiencing social mobility so were black people. Were I live right now all bus drivers are black - ALL of them. I haven't even seen a white person drive a bus. 50 years ago it was white people driving those buses.

Also, most nurses in hospitals are black. They do have social mobility but the moochers are the spoilers. If black people were actually working we certainly wouldn't need all the illegals to fill those slots. Lot's of able-bodied people aren't working who should be.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Having watched the unfolding of this movement and its effects over 50 years, I have radically altered my once very positive attitude. King is no hero of mine. Blacks continue to be the problem children of America only because of themselves. "Racism" is a merely the secular version of "witchcraft". If the Obama administration has had one achievement among its many disasters, it is helping me finally to shed any feeling either of guilt about or responsibility for Blacks in this country, or anywhere.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
The black community leaders are the ones that are holding back the America that MLK talked about in his "Dream Speech". To them the color of the skin is more important than the accomplishment of those that moved ahead and made something of themselves. These same black leaders are holding the black comminities hostage for their own selfish needs. They blame the whites, but they are the real slave owners.
1 year ago
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Somewhere along the way blacks started to self police theirselves to NOT be white - which meant NOT speaking correctly or getting an education. They'd even beat kids up who wanted to learn in school.

They did this to themselves. Whites had nothing to do with it.
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I repeat a previous comment, please forgive my insistence. I agree there is a degree of racism in the US. I have been around this world of ours and I can see without hesitation that every country in the world has its share of racism. BUT THE US IS BY FAR THE LEAST RACIST country I know and the one that has taken pains to correct the problem, including leaving half a generation of its citizens dead on the battlefields of a civil war. Truly racist countries like France, Italy, etc. bear no criticism at all but the US is slammed by al kinds of professional victims of oppression.

My message to those who are tempted to become paid crybabies I declare: any group, racial or not, who needs to be defended by the state against imaginary or real oppressors, is by its own choice inferior to both the oppressor and the "protecting" state.
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The issue that got William Buckley removed from his leadership position in the YAF - an organization that he founded - was his adherence to MLK and - of all people - Nelson Mandela. The YAF wanted Watusi politicians and generals to be supported.

But instead we got Nelson, his horrid wife, Al Sharpton and Jesse - spit in the food - Jackson. Thanks Conservative movement and William Buckley Junior.

As a side note, as a result of the fracas we had the expulsion the YAF as a serious entity, they were "nicely" tolerated (weren't they lucky) and we got - well - what we got.

Another movement Conservative botch.
1 year ago
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Nelson Mandella and his wife, Winnie, were murderers. Cognitive dissonance abounds in the Black racist movement. Everyone (Blacks) keep 'uncle Toming' every thing that moves. Has ANYONE actually read 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'? Don't think so.
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