Monday, January 21, 2013

HE WAS A HERO OF MINE AND SOMEONE WHOSE MESSAGE I EMBRACED AND LOVED



Would that Black America would embrace his ideals.

At 7:30 he expresses hope that Black Americans (to whom he referred as "Negroes") would not be bitter and/or hateful as they seek equality. Instead he emphasized dignity and discipline.

Please notice that there were both blacks and whites in the audience.

Dr. King mentions that favorably in his speech at about 8:35.

My prayer is that those who are supposed to be leaders in the Black American community will stop bringing dishonor to Dr. King's message, and will seek to fulfill it with the grace with which it was first presented.

Almost every line of this speech is full of greatness and both impresses me and inspires me.

This remains one of my favorite speeches of all time and I listen to it often.

Please do the same.

18 comments:

Lone Ranger said...

If King were alive today, he would be just as despised by the left as are Clarence Thomas, Michael Steele, Alan Keyes or any other black conservative. Debasing King's memory? HAH!

How many liberals believe the words, "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.

HAH! Liberals are all about skin color. They CONSTANTLY play the race card!

How many liberals would tolerate the words, "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

HAH? The Lord? How DARE he talk about God!

How many liberals today would listen to, "And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!"

HAH! America is the source of all evil in the world! The Pilgrims exploited the Indians and America has plundered the earth ever since! Any good liberal HATES the United States and HATES God and HATES Christians.

Let none of us ever forget that from their inception, the Democratic Party has been the party of slavery and segregation and lynching and discrimination and the Republican Party has been the party of freedom and civil rights.

HAH!

The Debonair Dudes World said...

Obama has really done so many spectacular things,but unfortunately, I can't think of any at this time.

But I'm sure he's going to tell us a few.

Joe said...

XO: You fool. You are the lowest of the low to use this occasion to spew your ugliness and hatred for anyone who does not agree with you.

I have NO visceral hatred of President Obama's blackness, only of his vile, socialist policies.

I HATE his policies. He, himself, is just a person.

Get over yourself, you viscious poor excuse for a human being.

And get off my blog.

LR: XO is the perfect example of what you say and is intellectually unable to see it in himself.

"How many liberals believe the words, "I have a dream..." The answer is zero, none.

TDDW: "But I'm sure he's going to tell us a few."

I can hardly wait.

sue hanes said...


Joe - Thanks and I'm going to listen to it today.

sue hanes said...


Joe - I have a dream that Americans would join together and work side by side to work out our problems - and they are legion - instead of this constant divisiveness.

Now is the time. Let freedom ring.

Who wants to do this? Is it so much fun to argue with one another instead of joining forces to make this country what it could be and should be - Now is the time for action.

Today is a good day to start.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Dr. King Died Supporting A Public Sector Union’s Strike: In King’s final sermon, he called upon the people of Memphis to join together in support of the Memphis sanitation worker’s AFSCME-led strike. “Let us develop a kind of dangerous unselfishness,” King preached. “when we have our march, you need to be there. If it means leaving work, if it means leaving school — be there.”


King Compared Poverty To “Cannibalism” And Called For It’s “Direct And Immediate Abolition”: King believed that poverty “is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization.” He called for America to abolish poverty by guaranteeing “white and Negro alike” a minimum income.


King Called War Funding A “Demonic Sucking Tube” Undermining Poverty Programs: King opposed the Vietnam war in no small part because it diverted precious resources away from anti-poverty programs. “A few years ago there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor — both black and white — through the poverty program. . . . Then came the buildup in Vietnam and I watched the program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war, and I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.”


King Said Poverty Made Him “Question The Capitalistic Economy”: King called for a radical restructuring of America’s economic system. “And one day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America?’ And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. . . . You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the oil?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Who owns the iron ore?’ You begin to ask the question, ‘Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two thirds water?’”

Joe said...

sh: OK. Come on and join me. Think of the unity it will produce. We'll have less govt. interference, less gun control, and more opportunity for everybody.

SK: So what? Does that mean I can't have him as a hero?

Sorry, you can't take that away from me. His dedication to equality under the law trumps everything else.

I did not agree with him on all points. Contrary to what liberals pretend to believe, you CAN disagree and still be warm and loved.

I will keep him as my hero, if you don't mind...even if you do.

Craig said...

If King were alive today, he would be just as despised by the left

Right. Like his stand against union thugs.

In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as 'right to work'…Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone.…Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights.

Or, his defense of unfettered, laissez faire capitalism.

"We must honestly admit that capitalism has often left a gulf between superfluous wealth and abject poverty, has created conditions permitting necessities to be taken from the many to give luxuries to the few, and has encouraged small hearted men to become cold and conscienceless so that, like Dives before Lazarus, they are unmoved by suffering, poverty-stricken humanity. The profit motive, when it is the sole basis of an economic system, encourages a cutthroat competition and selfish ambition that inspire men to be more I-centered than thou-centered."

I'm a godless lefty, so this just infuriates me,

The gospel at its best deals with the whole man, not only his soul but his body, not only his spiritual well-being, but his material well being. Any religion that professes to be concerned about the souls of men and is not concerned about the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them and the social conditions that cripple them is a spiritually moribund religion awaiting burial.

Here's a quote for you, Lone,

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

Craig said...

Contrary to what liberals pretend to believe, you CAN disagree and still be warm and loved.

I love you, Joe.

Anonymous said...

Dr King had not lived to see the damage unions would do. That's such a no-brainer it's scary to think someone didn't see that.

He never saw how bad things would get with this bloated federal gov't, either.

I feel for his memory; he did want people judged by their character, yet we had 96% of Black America vote for the black man. Is that judging character? I think the numbers don't work...how terribly sad.

God bless his memory. God, wake up the Left to his message and not disparage him. Let the Left understand context. it helps..it really doeZ.

Shaw Kenawe said...

You're very defensive, Joe. I posted these facts about MLK to show that MLK was very much a liberal on THOSE particular issues. And you love him.

That's a good thing.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Joe,

You must be lying about liking MLK, because I've seen lots of people here accusing you of being a racist. And I know that, because they are all such good liberals, they couldn't be wrong. So, I have to accept that you are indeed a racist and incapable of liking a black man.

End of snark.

Ducky's here said...

I can't add much to Shaw's points other to remind Joe that Dr. King clearly embraced a progressive ideology in his career.

You can't separate the two.

"I have a dream". I think about it every time I pass the brick apartment building in the South End with the little bronze plaque reminding us was Dr. King's residence during his studies at B.U.

It's very disingenuous of you to think you have the absolute touchstone to understanding Dr. King's life.

In fact I wouldn't be surprised if some of your regulars were part of the crew talking up the J. Edgar Hoover "photo" of Dr, King in a communist training camp. Remember that one, Joe? It was big everywhere in those days.

I might add that I don't consider many of you racist per se but you do lament the loss of your exceptionalism and are distinctly at odds with Dr. King's philosophy.

Joe said...

Craig: "I love you, Joe."

I may be sick.

SK: "You're very defensive, Joe."

Well, it's my blog. I can be defensive if I want to be.

To continue the defensive theme, I cried for America's Black population when I listened to Dr. MLK's speech.

I also filled up with tears at Byeonce's rendition of the National Anthem today.

How's that for being conflicted? I do not like Beyonce at all.

GEC: "So, I have to accept that you are indeed a racist and incapable of liking a black man."

Yeah, but it's confusing since I have so many black friends. So far, I have kept THEM from finding out what a racist I am.

Ducky: "In fact I wouldn't be surprised if some of your regulars were part of the crew talking up the J. Edgar Hoover "photo" of Dr, King in a communist training camp. Remember that one, Joe? It was big everywhere in those days."

J. Edgar Hoover was one of my anti-heroes...a pig who should have been roasted.

Joe said...

Oh! I was watching PBS coverage of the inauguration when one of the "journalists" said, "...when you consider this will be his last inauguration, unless..."

At which point another of the journalists jumped in, covering up the rest of his sentence.

Color me paranoid.

EzzZee said...

Here's another video for you to watch.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EELhEguhU8M#


I find it laughable that......wherever there is corruption in the world....a Jew is not far away. As a Black person i must tell you honestly that MLK never did move me. It is most often assumed that he spoke for all Black people....when in fact he didn't. MLK,Jesse Jackson and all the rest of these so-called theologians (really pimps) have never rubbed me the right way. Black people because of their pain and suffering here in America tend to be very easy pickins for these types

Joe said...

EzzZee: "...wherever there is corruption in the world....a Jew is not far away."

That, my friend, is the very attitude that caused so many to resist what Dr. MLK was trying to accomplish.

It is a bigoted, racist remark.

Unlike Jesse Jackson, who cannot name a church of which he is a member, Dr. King was an ordained Baptist minister. He took over the pastorate of Ebenezer Baptist Church after his father retired and led it to become a vibrant congregation.

I have a dream that people like you will come to realize what it really takes to accomplish racial equality and justice under the law.

Joe said...

EzzZee: Watche you video. It is pure tripe. A skewed bunch of misinformation and twisted biography.