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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I have a nightmare


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Alphaeus Days, someone you have probably never heard of, now lives in the same town I live in. He was one of the honor escorts in the funeral procession of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His picture, in the honor escort, can be seen in the archives in Atlanta.
An opinion which separates me from Liarberals and Cantservatives

When I interviewed him, the Rev. Days said he believes MLK would be proud to see a "black" man as president of the United States.

I disagree.

I could be wrong where the Rev. Days' sentiment is concerned. I am most emphatically NOT wrong where that sentiment is expressed by a whole bunch of other people.

As I understand (misunderstand) the statement, the Rev. Days believes MLK would be pleased so see our current president in place simply because of his recent ethnic heritage. This may be a misconstruction of the Rev. Days opinion and if so, I most heartily apologize!

However, a lot of people believe that.

They are wrong.

MLK would not be happy to see our current president in the Oval Office simply because he is of very recent African descent.

MLK preached and lived acceptance based on the qualities a person presents and that person's abilities. He said people should be judged on how well they do what they can do.

If those who elected our current president did so because they believe in his character, MLK would be happy. But those who voted for him because of the color of his skin would greatly disappoint MLK.

I am raising a son with Down Syndrome. MLK would look at Jesse in the light of what he can do and how well he does that. He would not seek to compare Jesse to a researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He would also not consider Jesse in the light of his ancestry, an ancestry which includes abuse and slavery by MLK's ancestors.
Cannot speak to the website listed, but the toon is accurate.

Who your parents are was much less of an issue for MLK than what you are doing with your life.

MLK had a dream.

"But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."

MLK's dream has turned into a nightmare in too many places.

MLK had a dream.

"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."

 Too many people have tried to hijack this dream and turn it into a nightmare. MLK as I understand what he lived for, would reject these people too.

In at least one regard, MLK would certainly be ashamed of the current president. Our current president has expanded the US war effort into more countries while keeping us at war in the same places George Bush II put us in. I define war as when US government agents be they military or another armed branch use physical force against residents of another country in that country.

MLK was not totally opposed to war, as I understand him, but did feel the US had no business in promulgating war. "And when I hear them, though I often understand the source of their concern, I am nevertheless greatly saddened, for such questions mean that the inquirers have not really known me, my commitment or my calling. Indeed, their questions suggest that they do not know the world in which they live."

He may have been speaking about Vietnam, which was a "police action" and not a "declared war,' but his words ring ever true if you substitute Afghanistan, Korea, Iraq, Pakistan, Honduras, Mexico, Somalia, Yemen. "Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over. So it is that those of us who are yet determined that America will be are led down the path of protest and dissent, working for the health of our land."

MLK had a dream. It took less than 40 years to turn it into a nightmare.

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