DR.MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR MEETS THE PRESS
I was nine years old in August of 1963 during the first airing, but I watched the re-broadcast of the Meet The Press interview of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Roy Wilkins on Sunday, then I combed the transcript for the one phrase that stood out to me. Martin Luther King, Jr. had lofty goals for his community.
He was asked the question, "Dr King you are quoted in today's New York Times magazine as saying, 'The Negro's demand for equality must be approximated if not totally fulfilled.' Would you say what you believe approximated equality is?"
Dr. King replies, "I think equality is the ability of the individual in any society to achieve respect and dignity and all of the other things that any individual in that society would achieve without the barriers of laws standing before him saying, 'You cannot go here, or You cannot do that,' and without customary barriers. I think in order for the Negro to approximate equality here all of the barriers of racial segregation must be removed and all of the barriers of discrimination, whether it is housing conditions, whether it is in employment where the Negro confronts a great deal of discrimination, whether it is the actual segregation of the South in schools, or the de facto segregation of the Northern schools. All of these barriers must be removed before the Negro can even begin moving up on the highway of freedom in all of its dimensions."
What stood out to me in this interview is Dr. King's goal of "dignity and respect". Dignity comes from within. The definition from www.websters-online-dictionary.org is :1: [Noun] True honor; nobleness or elevation of mind, consisting in a high sense of propriety, truth and justice, with an abhorrence of mean and sinful actions; opposed to meanness. In this sense, we speak of the dignity of mind, and dignity of sentiments. This dignity is based on moral rectitude; all vice is incompatible with true dignity of mind. The man who deliberately injures another, whether male or female, has no true dignity of soul..
22 children by 14 different women. All of them are on welfare. How is this "dignity" or "respect"? They want others to pay for their existence rather than wanting equality for employment, schooling, or which community to live in.
When did they change their goal?
Herman Cain was attacked for attending college rather than marching. Dr. Ben Carson was slammed for thinking for himself and realizing that his morality is more in line with the Conservative's values. I know many normal, everyday Blacks who also have a great moral compass, but they have not attended a church ran by a "Pastor" like Jeremiah Wright.
Fifty years after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s efforts, the Civil Rights Movement has been determined to be a failure due to The Left. Don't feel badly, though, because the Republican Party is also a failure for the same reason.
The only solution I can think of is for all of us to read. We need to read The Bible and "test the spirits" for understanding. You are invited to join us at http://omaswisdom.blogspot.com for Bible reading and discussion.
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