Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

rm_Kissmystuff 61F
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1/15/2006 8:47 pm

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Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King,Jr.

He led a mass struggle for racial and class equality that changed America forever.

The most famous quote from Dr King's March On Washington speech

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character"

but he also said...

"We have come to our nation's capital to cash a check," King admonished. "When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir," King said. "Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked 'insufficient funds.' " These were the stinging phrases of a prophet, a man demanding justice not just in the hereafter, but in the here and now.

I wonder if he'd be happy with where we are.

Happy birthday Dr. King.


Kiss


friendlymarmanPE 44M/46F

1/16/2006 8:39 am

I think he would be to some extent. I would think that the African American people, are a major contributor to the American culture, since I am strictly talking about the African american people and the United States only.
He probably would not be happy about the images of the poor, mostly African American people in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Maybe the media/CNN dramatized/over hyped this story about the African American poor in New Orleans, but it was very sad to see how the American government could not help their own, but can go and invade Iraq, now possibly Iran.
Canadians, without hesitation, were among the first to be there to help them in New Orleans. Doesn't that say something about Canadians as a whole?


rm_Kissmystuff 61F
1435 posts
1/16/2006 10:39 am

Friendly..

Yes it does say something about Canadians..as a whole.
I've found that there are good people in every race..
just as there are bad in every race.

I think our task is to learn and understand..
that much of the injustice..discrimination is based
primarily on class. If we really learn about each other..look at each other for our qualities..we would see the common humanity.

The question of race..and discrimination
based on race..did not really begin until the 1400's
and in the U.S. began to really take hold in the 1700's..
and that was primarily because of economic greed.

Something..most people don't know..is that many of the first white people who came to this country..came as slaves and indentured servants. The white slaves and the black slaves worked in the fields..side by side. Again..it wasn't until a good 200-300 years later that racism became ingrained as a part of the legal systems in many parts of the United States. Anyway..I could go on..but I won't.

A book you might read..if you're interested in history...is "Before the Mayflower"

Kiss


mnowl 62M

1/16/2006 12:47 pm

I look forward to the day when Dr. King’s dream is no more. No more because equality has been achieved. But this takes us back to another discussion. How do you have a homogeneous society that allows for recognition of separate heritages? Today, some of the heritage is the basis for anger amongst those in any race. So you somehow have to achieve a balance between heritage and a society that is blind to color. Recently a NY Times poll stated that 66% of blacks said things were better today that 50 years ago. And the NAACP agrees almost exactly with this figure... however, improvement since about 15 years ago seems to have held at a plateau. Strangely that is when Clinton was in office. I could go into a political discussion here… but maybe that is another blog. Let’s all continue to work towards acceptance and the elimination of racism of any sort.

The bottom line… bless you Dr. King and may your dream be realized… and fade away… no longer a dream but a new standard.


rm_Kissmystuff 61F
1435 posts
1/16/2006 1:29 pm

@mnowl..

In some respects it is better. There are far fewer hangings then there used to be...although they still occur in this day and age. I'm being a bit cynical here I guess.

But there are various things that do bother me. Let me put something on your mind here. Why is it that African Americans...people born here...who's ancesters have been here much longer than many of the people who came later...have to have a "voting rights bill" renewed every 25 years? When others born here don't and others who become citizens after imigration don't.

Italian American...German Americans...Irish Americans...Polish Americans...etc...among many others...celebrate and recognize their heritage. Why should that be a problem? I think the whole question of different heritage...race..is a smoke screen. The real divisions are based on class...the have...and the have nots. It's tragic that we are side tracked...which prevents us from looking at the real issues.

Kiss


friendlymarmanPE 44M/46F

1/17/2006 6:07 am

Talented actor Morgan Freeman scoffed at the idea of Black History month celebrated recently in the US. To that idea, Mr. Freeman said that the recognition of Black History month is in itself a racist idea.

"Television often celebrates Black History Month with showings of his films, but Morgan Freeman thinks the whole idea of a month for black history is “ridiculous.”

"The actor tells Mike Wallace he opposes designating a special month because it separates black history from American history, and is part of a labeling process that abets racism."

“You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” Freeman asks Wallace. After noting there is no “white history month,” he says, “I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history,” he tells Wallace.

“I am going to stop calling you a white man and I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man,” he says. “I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You wouldn’t say, ‘Well, I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.’ You know what I’m saying?”

Well said.


rm_Kissmystuff 61F
1435 posts
1/21/2006 8:42 am

well friendly..

Morgan Freeman certainly has a right to his opinion...and I know of others who feel that way. However...the reality is that even though Black History is American History...it is not treated as such. Most people don't think of African Americans being a part of American History...other than as slaves in the country. This is far from the truth. There were Africans on this continent long before Columbus ever set foot here. His ship's logs refer to the presence of Africans when he landed. The Africans who where already here...owned over millions of square miles of what is now the area of Louisiana...Texas..Arkansas..Oklahoma and Mississippi.

The pope..in the 1400's issued a papal decree authorizing European Christian nations to "enslave the children of Ham..where ever they may be found"
This was not aimed at the continent of Africa...but rather at the Americas. Many of the Blacks who were subsequently enslaved were already here and their lands stolen from them. They...along with their recently arrived African brothers and sisters...were sent to various plantations.

In 1991...after many years in court...some of the decendents of these Africans...won back about 70,000 square miles in the Louisiana area. (You should be able to find this news article on the internet.) Many in the African American population are decendents of these people. The "Washitaw Nation" is that prehistoric Black Nation that was here thousands of years before the birth of Christ. They are the builders of hundreds of earthen mounds throughout parts of the US. Skeletons found in these gravesites dating from the pre-Columbian period..show tall people with African characteristics. The United Nations also recognizes the Washitaw Nation as one of the oldest soveriegn nations in the Western Hemisphere.

Now...if you've read any American History...did you come across this information? Of course not. Have you come across the many African Americans who contributed to science...medicine...agriculture...politics...the military..many of the inventions..every single aspect of life in this country? I doubt it. So...that's why a special time is set aside to recognize Black History. And until this country truly begins to tell the truth about the history of the Black race in this country...it will continue to be necessary.

Kiss


redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
1/23/2006 2:11 pm

I don't think MLK would be surprized. I think he knew it would be a long struggle.

Thanks for sharing some of his prose other than the I Have a Dream speech. He was so eloquent in so many of his speeches. I wish folks could here more of them. And thanks for the history lesson.....a few things that were new to me.


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