He Had a Dream…

Perhaps one of the most iconic speeches of the past century was the “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. A civil rights activist, he truly was on the front line fighting the prejudices of his day. Prejudices that included segregation in schools and businesses, a world where a black person could be refused service, black children denied entrance at attractions, couldn’t even drink from the same water fountain, and yes, even lynched… His activism inspired others after him to mark a day in his honor for people to reflect on what his dream was and where we are today with it.

Now, most think that this topic resides more in Leftist discourse than conservative discourse, but I disagree! Yes, the Left has pushed the narrative of black oppression, and more widely, people of all races but white, and use MLK to prove their points. However, this is flawed. First of all, since when did the Left own the dream MLK gave the black community? Where in his speech does it say “I have a dream for black democrats…” I thought that dream was for everyone… The Left however, seeks to control the narrative of black oppression and of course, blames the white race.

Problem is, and I’ve covered this in far greater detail before in my “Breaking the Cycle” post, not all issues within the black community today are caused directly by white people and past oppression, such as the Jim Crow discrimination MLK did fight against! In a pop culture that embraces music with themes of gangsters, drugs, prostitutes and objectifying women, clothes that signal “I’m a gangster”, rundown neighborhoods condoning crime where promising young people are gunned down in their prime, anyone who wants better labeled uncle Toms and such, is not a society that breeds independence and respect! One honestly can’t blame one other race for injustices long past, for the current poverty and crime in a society that perpetuates it through their clothes, music, language, trashes their neighborhoods, bullies their best and brightest, objectifies women and where 75% or so are without a father figure, and has welfare cradle to grave rather than just to get back on their feet. Yes, you can be poor, and your past can disadvantage you greatly, but the past is gone now. Sounds brutal and cruel to say this so frankly, but change cannot happen until the truth is spelled out. MLK knew that when he called out the issues plaguing his generation!

Now, in the present day, and with a blank slate as a future, why not rewrite your story? Black people, who have been enslaved a century ago have broken the bonds of that servitude and created their own identity in America. Black people who were’t even allowed to be in the presence of white people now are able to go where they please, be friends with, even marry white people, things never dreamed of in the Jim Crow era not so long ago! Do people of color still face prejudice and injustices? Of course they do! But so does everybody else… Prejudice is as old as humanity, and far older than the modern notions of race! It’s how you fight back and overcome that prejudice that determines your strength, not your victimhood status like the Left wants to believe! See, being a victor and not a victim, as another inspiring conservative black leader Candace Owens says, does not mean you were never victimized and treated unjustly. It means you fought back and empowered yourself instead of capitalizing on your helplessness… The black community has risen out of Jim Crow and was once thriving in this country. However now, much of it is sinking back into the “hood”, a life of crime and welfare as a lifestyle…

Now do all black people embrace such a detrimental culture??? Absolutely not!!! Countless people of color are appalled, embarrassed, and saddened they are painted with that awful stereotype! Don’t take my word for it! Black conservatives like Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams say it outright: their community needs a huge change! They, and other rising black leaders, such as Candace Owens who formed the current #Blexit Movement for people of color to leave the Leftist narrative of dependency and victimhood, and CJ Pearson, another rising young black conservative on Twitter, want more for their neighborhoods, their race, and their society. To them, skin color does not define who they are, what their destiny will be and what they have to think.

Race does not define a person’s character, actions do. That is the core message of MLK’s activism. The segregation, discrimination, poverty and such of his time was fueled by this notion that the black race was inherently inferior, subhuman and less deserving due to their skin color, their genetics, and a flawed view that their inherent natures were inferior to the white race. Luckily this attitude is being destroyed more and more in the present day. Black people have achieved greatness. Proven themselves just as much of value as anyone else. One was our president (albeit not a great one!) for two terms. Point is, do you honestly imagine that happening in 1960??? If people of color can achieve the presidency for two terms in a row, then why are so so many disproportionately in prisons and poverty? The Left has an easy answer: racism. However, the truth is far more nuanced, including of course, internal societal attitudes about crime and education…

I admire conservatives of color and think they too, have their own dream. I can’t speak for them with 100% certainty, but I do believe they would likely have these dreams:

A dream where their race is defined by their merit, not their skin color via affirmative action…

A dream where their communities want more than just gangs and poverty…

A dream where a generation graduates high school and goes onto college and beyond in record numbers, not in prisons disproportionately to the rest of the US population!

A dream where all little boys and girls are raised with loving involved fathers and intact families…

A dream where their race represents the top CEO’s, business men and women, professors, academics, doctors, lawyers, in people’s minds, not a welfare or victimhood stereotype!

A dream where every young aspiring student is applauded for getting great grades and scholarships to fine institutions, celebrate as the best and brightest, not derided as an uncle Tom or beaten if caught with a book…

A dream where their leaders challenge them into action, not lull them into complacency with dependence and victimhood to gain more votes…

A dream ultimately, where they’re seen as people, period. Not defined by traits merely skin deep by anyone!

Yes, they too, have their own dream! Dreams of being just like everyone else, who is successful, driven, determined, bright and passionate to make a real and lasting change! That is MLK’s legacy. Not something dated from the 60’s, but the message that change can, and must be made continuously as new challenges arise. He truly was a victor, NOT a victim! To all conservatives of color: I admire your perseverance, your strength, and determination in the face of prejudice of not just those who shun conservatives and the frank truths in our world, but from your own communities, your own people, a party who thinks they own you and your goals, dreams and aspirations! Always remember, YOU define you, NOT your skin color!

Happy MLK day 🙂

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Oh, and for those who will cry “racist!” at me and think I’m pulling this all out of my butt, take a look at these:

Black student rejects victimhood status: ‘I am going to break stereotypes’

Civil Suit Filed As Gifted Black Girl Bullied For “Acting White,” Principal Refused To Act

Walter William’s Insights…

Thomas Sowell’s Wisdom

And more and more are walking away!…

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34 thoughts on “He Had a Dream…

  1. Excellent post on the state of our Black communities in the USA. You did your research. Looking at these areas where Blacks fail , brings us to the ongoing problem of Black civic , state and federal leaders being heavily invested in keeping their people dependent on the many forms of public welfare . This allows for continued power and employment off the backs of their constituency. Changing the culture is not a point that is brought home by these so-called role models and leaders. Real change for the better cannot come when the Black leaders of these communities promote the status quo which you so accurately detailed.
    People will seek the path of least resistance. This is just human nature so an enabling body of Black civic leaders do what works-promote welfare dependency and just as harmful, stoke racism . The Black against White , Us against Them position taken by the Democratic Party has for decades, insured that Blacks will always be afraid to vote anything but liberal. It’s a system of control that empowers all accept the Black citizens in our cities .
    Enough! Vote these people out one at a time. Back leaders who have the very best interests of Black people as their priority. Now that is a dream worth giving your all for.

    The Common Man

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  2. Another excellent article. I recall hearing Walter Williams commenting on black inner city schools wondering how all those who marched in the 50’s and 60’s to integrate schools would feel about black kids taunting and beating up other black kids because they were “acting white” by their academic achievement. They would have found it disappointing to have fought so hard and see their efforts undone by those for whom they were fighting.

    I don’t think much of many of the comments people made regarding your article. Several of them are dogmatic to the point of silliness in their insistence on the victim mentality.

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  3. I’m not part of the left / right delusion but I understand what you are saying. I would like to add an additional thought that gets overused by the right and left, “black community”

    There is no such thing. Black people are not bees in some strange jedi mind link. They are just people living their lives with two corrupt political parties claiming they are all united somehow in a fictitious group hug somewhere.

    I would love to see someone address that fact that in the absence of the fake “black community” there are real families that are in need of better healthcare, better education and more job opportunities, rather than more labels.

    Black people are America’s people and they are just citizens.

    Just a thought

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  4. This is always a touchy subject to delve into depending on the circumstance, the people immediately in the conversation, and of course the one or ones speaking of it. Why? Because the subject/title is already demarcating (divisive?) before anything is uttered, sadly, and it shouldn’t be. But I’m being a silly idealist aren’t I? LOL

    Because I grew up all my childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood in the Oak Cliff part of south Dallas, and my elementary, middle, and high school was essentially integrated already — about 1/3rd African-American, Hispanic, and Caucasian; a small part Asian-American — I did not truly grasp or understand the hidden undertones and full extent and history of Civil Rights, MLK, etc, until I reached university in Jackson, Mississippi and throughout the Deep South. This youthful naivety was partly due to being raised in a very socially open-minded, educated, unprejudiced home by both parents. My sister and I were simply taught ‘Treat other HUMANS as you’d want them to treat you,‘ so to speak, but in it all, be exceptionally kind, humble, while listening twice, speaking once…with tactful precision. That last part being a big Fatherly rule. He was serious USMC thru-and-thru — Semper Fi! Hahahaha.

    Anyway, though my upbringing might have been well and good regarding racism, it didn’t prepare me so well to manage or appropriately confront blatant racism/inequality as a member of our Constitutional society. It is still a work in progress. Probably always will be. Thankfully I have many good friends from all ethnicities, part of it is because of my lifetime career in soccer/futebol around the world. I’m am so deeply grateful for that, but also how my parents raised me. 🙂 What I fear most is being a man who actually lives out that famous Martin Niemöller speech back in Nazi Germany and regretting that I didn’t standup for the basic rights of all humans, but especially American citizens under our clear-cut, explicit and implied U.S. Constitution.

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  5. Since we have the mlk idea here how about

    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Maybe if the progressives learned to love their enemies as old liberals did, they could cause more change. Rather than hating and trying to destroy anyone that dares to disagree even slightly with them

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  6. In response to “Jim” and his comment

    “……Nice try. You know very well what I’m talking about. The cultural differences, not scientific racism and you know the context so enough nonsense. Your bootstrapping argument is false and been proven so many times over.
    Even cultures that are primarily black, that are forced to live a white lifestyle- Uganda? find it hard to keep up. Why? They don’t friggin want to. It’s distasteful………..”

    My response.

    Your mention of Uganda to support your “argument” struck a distinct chord with me for two reasons, first your insistence on “cultural differences” driving “racism” and/or “racist” societies – in particular what you characterize as a “white lifestyle” being the underlying soil from which “racism” grows. With all due respect, that is the most ridiculously ignorant and ill-informed statement I have ever heard (read)
    I remember seeing and hearing about the hostage plane at Entebbe:

    From “On This Day” 1976
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/july/4/newsid_2786000/2786967.stm

    “The crisis began on 27 June, when four militants seized an Air France flight, flying from Israel to Paris via Athens, with 250 people on board.

    The hijackers – two from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and two from Germany’s Baader-Meinhof gang – diverted the plane to Entebbe, where it arrived on 28 June.

    The hijackers – who were joined by three more colleagues – demanded the release of 53 militants held in jails in Israel and four other countries.

    Uganda’s President and dictator Idi Amin arrived at the airport to give a speech in support of the PFLP and supplied the hijackers with extra troops and weapons.”

    I have been fascinated by Uganda ever since.

    While I don’t normally cite “Wikipedia” as a source – this article is quite a good history of Uganda

    History of Uganda

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Uganda

    Then I saw this The Last King of Scotland starring Forrest Whitaker
    https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/last_king_of_scotland/

    Mr. Whitakers performance is mesmerizing, this brilliant actor captures perfectly the cold callous disregard for human life that all sociopaths have with the concurrent charm and likability that such persons can also be invested with. Even when you know that Idi Amin as portrayed by Mr. Whitaker is a monster, almost without being able to help yourself you find yourself smiling at his charm, at his boyishness – like being confronted with a cobra – you know this creature could kill you in an instant but you are still fascinated by it.

    Uganda has a tragic and blood-soaked history – and that blood-soaked history is as a result of inter-cultural wars – or if you prefer inter-tribal wars – between one tribe of black Africans and other tribes of black Africans. Perhaps you might acquaint yourself of the history of this country?

    So, “Jim” please now explain how any of Uganda’s historic and documented blood-soaked history from circa 1962, (after independence) to the present day has or could have anything to do with being “forced to live a white lifestyle” as you assert here
    “…….Even cultures that are primarily black, that are forced to live a white lifestyle- Uganda? find it hard to keep up. Why? They don’t friggin want to. It’s distasteful. I see this very differently than you…..”
    Though what exactly a “white lifestyle” consists of – I have no idea.

    “The independent Uganda (1962-71)

    Main article: History of Uganda (1962–71)

    Britain granted independence to Uganda in 1962, and the first elections were held on 1 March 1961. Benedicto Kiwanuka of the Democratic Party became the first chief minister. Uganda became a republic the following year, maintaining its Commonwealth membership.

    In succeeding years, supporters of a centralized state vied with those in favor of a loose federation and a strong role for tribally-based local kingdoms. Political maneuvering climaxed in February 1966, when Milton Obote, the Prime Minister, suspended the constitution and assumed all government powers, removing the positions of president and vice president. In September 1967, a new constitution proclaimed Uganda a republic, gave the president even greater powers, and abolished the traditional kingdoms.”

    Lest you be in any doubt about whether or not I have any entitlement to comment, as you seem to have a problem with people having opinions about other people, or “cultures” for that matter based on a difference in ethnic origin let me point out to this.

    I am Irish, my parents, grandparents, great grandparents and so on were Irish and I LIVE in Ireland – so I have 800 years of “Colonial” history to draw upon, should you be tempted to hurl the usual “you’re just a supporter of white colonialism” at me.

    Having said that – I might also point out to as well, I have enormous respect and admiration for many aspects of “Britishness” and in general I have found English people to be wonderful people. Ergo, I do not, and within my own circle cannot, think of one single person who “blames” the current entire population of the UK for the acts of their forefathers in Ireland.

    I await your response with interest.

    Slainte

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  7. Great article. Again. I find your musings to be informative and thought provoking. And, one of the thoughts which keep coming back to me as I read through the replies to this article is quite simple. I’ve never found the answer to the question I’ve asked of myself and others in my 75+ years.
    How did each one of us choose the circumstances, skin color, social status, intellectual capacity, physical characteristics, etc., into which we were born?
    In my humble opinion, it is up to each individual to exceed whatever situation they are born into as much as they possibly can. Choices of what one does with what they are born into and with make the difference. Its called “personal responsibility”. Something which seems to be in short supply these days especially on the left. Always blaming something other than themselves for where they find themselves in life. Especially in this nation, where an abundance of opportunities exist for folks to succeed.
    Sure, there are challenges, but there are ways around those, just need to figure it out and go for it. There are a plethora of stories of those who rose from their less than stellar circumstances to succeed immensely. Just takes courage and the will to make whatever one wants in life to make it happen.
    There are no reasons to not do so, just excuses. I just wish I would have learned the lessons earlier in life. I’d be much more comfortable in my circumstances than I am now.
    Peace. Out.
    J.

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  8. Things have gone full circle. I was around when En Vogue sang “Free your mind and the rest will follow; be color blind, don’t be so shallow” and fully embraced that mindset. Now we’re accused of being racist for having doing so. Seems you can’t win for losing, so I gave up trying to appease others. Let them stew in their anger.

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  9. There are people who post about Indigenous people and people of color seeing themselves as victims. To them I say that they should count themselves as blessed for not being able to relate, understand or empathize. They will never know what it is like for us. They can only imagine, give their best guess as to what it could be like. When they say that we should just get over it, stop acting like victims it’s insulting. White privilege for sure. Telling us how to feel? What we should think?
Please stop, you’ve done enough. Do not try to dictate how we should feel.

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    • Sorry, but as we can’t speak for all people of color, you can’t speak for all white people who have never personally hurt nor discriminated against any minorities. Or blame the current generation with the white man’s version of “original sin” for injustices done decades and centuries in the past. White people can’t help having privilege they were innately born with by virtue of their skin color anymore than you could to have been born into disadvantage by your skin color. It’s this exact racial divide MLK dreamed of ending. I was raised to treat all people with respect and decency and embrace good people of any race, sex, religion, etc… I have nothing to atone for by my race. Only for my actions. And yes, I’m entitled to an opinion about you as much as you are about me. Don’t tell me what to think or feel by some virtue of what you look like either. Feel more than welcome to stridently disagree with me, just don’t tell me I can’t disagree with you based on my skin color (or lack of 😉).

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      • You should call this last “the manifesto”. The tone, compassion, love, all of it sounds like it’s pulled off the wall at David Dukes cabin. It’s not about reparation or the past. It’s about right now, and your actually to blind to see you just proved it. This entire comment thread of yours has a spiteful and superior tone to it.

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      • I apologize for coming off as “spiteful and superior” but I’m just as tired of people I care about being insulted for their race as well. I hope in the future our comment exchanges will be less heated. I’m stepping back to cooler ground…. See you later when we can agree again on other topics on your blog and mine.

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  10. “The segregation, discrimination, poverty and such of his time was fueled by this notion that the black race was inherently inferior, subhuman and less deserving due to their skin color, their genetics, and a flawed view that their inherent natures were inferior to the white race.”

    Racism, as we understand it, did not really exist until more recent times; as you noted, there has always been prejudices, but the concept of “race” is more modern. It seems that Darwinism is where the turning point started. People took their pre-existing prejudices and now had this handy theory that they could use to justify it – and justify it they did, all in the name of “science.”

    But today, it seems that racism is perpetuated more by the people who feel they are victims of it, than those they blame for it. We’ve entered a time where people actually believe that only white people can be racists. People of colour, in their view, simply cannot be racist. And if they say racist things, those things can’t be racist, because they’re not white. I think the most bizarre mind juggle I saw was a tweet being shared where a black woman was listing all the ways non-racist things white people were doing were, in fact, racist. One of them was being “colour blind.” In her view, if you claimed to be “colour blind” and not see or care about other people’s skin colour, you were being racist, because you were somehow invalidating the other person’s experiences as a victim of racism. So basically, according to her list, if a white person (and this was directed only at white people) cared about the colour of other people’s skin, they were racist, but if they *didn’t* care about other people’s skin, they were still racist. Ultimately, her list made it impossible for white people to be anything other than racist, and people of colour could only be the victims of racism.

    Somehow, people have an investment in perpetuating their racist, victimhood status. Something people have managed to even make their living out of, as “activists” against it.

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  11. Much of this is true, but why it is true may be where the problem lay. If you create a culture with a hundred year disadvantage in your system, the futility to keep-up is a frustration beyond imagination. Imagine starting a new business and competing against a monopoly that has the influence to carefully change the rules as we go. There are roots to the problems here that are very systemic and difficult to address in a comment, but just imagine, and your life depends on cracking the monopoly, and you also get no startup money.
    This short video may display that our cultures don’t always mix into white. How to break the cycle of toxic masculinity https://www.ted.com/talks/eldra_jackson_how_to_break_the_cycle_of_toxic_masculinity
    It’s not about racism, but is about its effects.

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    • But why the continued contempt for education, labeling it as “white”? Or popping out kids you can’t feed or living on welfare, not as a support in one bad time, but as a lifestyle? Yes, and I said before, oppression did exist, and disadvantage and inequality still do, but they don’t explain everything wrong in someone’s community such as embracing a lifestyle of gangs and trashing your neighborhood with graffiti and leaving filth everywhere. Or songs with lyrics objectifying women and glorifying violence as a style of music, or the fact that 75% of families are without a father figure. Oppression from 50, 100 years ago does not excuse the lack of effort to break the cycle of crime and poverty, and there are many resources and charities to help if they took up the offers. You can be put in a deep ditch, but why not try to find a way to climb out (with all the ropes being thrown down too, such as education, mentorship, career programs, and charity) rather than passively lie in it… That’s my big beef, and also many who I’ve noted as well within the black community. They don’t like it anymore than I do and do want change. At some point, you also have to acknowledge YOUR part in addition, not just everyone else’s in your misfortune. It’s not 100% on one or the other. Why not work together like MLK said to make better communities?

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      • Bootstrapping your way into a detested system of voluntary, card carrying slavery? You have a fundamental flaw in understanding how independent people lived thousands and thousands of years without this “American dream”. We have disrespected innate differences to the genetic core to force a way of life on people they don’t want.

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      • “Innate differences???” Without context, that sounds like the scientific racism of old….
        And what exactly are those differences? And why is Western society “card carrying slavery” when it has great life expectancies, clean food and water, good healthcare, low infant mortality rates, good economies, etc…etc.. ? Sounds like a pretty good thing to climb up to be a part of to me…

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      • Nice try. You know very well what I’m talking about. The cultural differences, not scientific racism and you know the context so enough nonsense. Your bootstrapping argument is false and been proven so many times over.
        Even cultures that are primarily black, that are forced to live a white lifestyle- Uganda? find it hard to keep up. Why? They don’t friggin want to. It’s distasteful. I see this very differently than you. Imagine yourself an aborigine living free, without boundary or fence, conforming to a system as distasteful as this. Even when you apply yourself it’s tough to keep up. Always more to pay. Pay pay pay and struggle and stress. I’m certain when you’ve had enough and your accounts are full, you’ll get out of the system too. It’s what everybody works for.
        I admire them for their resistance. Your coastal high end life has you blinded—hence always choosing sides. What good is your long life expectancy at the expense of others freedom? Economic diversity is a pipe dream at this point, I know, but this system forces you to keep up or live in poverty. There is a better way. You’ve subscribed to elitist propaganda

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      • We’ll agree to disagree on this one. Just to clarify though, “innate”means biological, inherent to one’s very nature, to many people. Cultural would have been more clear. and yes, I knew you meant that but had to point that out.

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      • Innate works fine for me. Neurological studies of hardwired habits, muscle memories… my indigenous grandson is a modern version of those traits that are passed along. An extended phenotype, if you will. Image once free then enslaved, it’s hard to accept a lesser way from what was ingrained for so many years. From the plains to the Rez has the sweetness of bitter beer face. I’m completely consistent here. You’re argument lacks it.

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  12. “…MLK did fight against! In a pop culture that embraces music with themes of gangsters, drugs, prostitutes and objectifying women, clothes that signal “I’m a gangster…”

    What both the far-right and far-left fail to own up to that these undesirable traits and circumstances are not uniquely owned by any race but all races and demographics! Guess they never saw “Sons of Anarchy,” tho exaggerated anybody that reads the news across the country can’t be THAT blind!
    Go to Nancy Grace’s “Crime Online,” the stories are horrifying. There’s no other way to put it.
    It’s not a race issue, it’s a humanitarian issue, an economic issue, a moral issue, a soul issue.

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  13. Pretty much true. One huge issue today is that if a White person (Or a “Black:) judges the normative Black in America by and solely by the expressed content of their character, they decried as being racist (Or an Oreo or worse).

    MLK’s dream died because those he thought of as his people were just as bad, if somewhat differently so, as all those racists claimed they were.

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