Fifty years after the March on Washington and the iconic “I have a dream speech” by Doctor Martin Luther King, Civil Rights Activist have arranged a similar march for Saturday August 24th.
The King Center, along with the National Park Service and others, is co-sponsoring a full day of activities on August 28th, the actual anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. There will be an Interfaith Service at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. that will include a variety of religious disciplines.http://www.thekingcenter.org/news/2013-08-excitement-builds-commemoration-50th-anniversary-march-washington-mlk-s-i-have-dream.
Civil Rights Organizations organizing the March have gone out of their way to emphasize that the March is commemorative and not celebratory. Why is there this concerted attempt to differentiate between whether this event will be a commemorative event as against a celebratory one? After all, why should there not be a celebration-Doctor King and countless others have sacrificed much? The Nation has elected a black President-so what’s the problem?
I’ll tell you what the problem is ! Black America got comfortable. Black America stopped fighting after winning a few battles. Stalwarts like Doctor King, Medgar Evers, Stokely Carmichael and all of the heroes of the struggle must be tossing in their graves. Black America got into consumerism, expensive cars, clothes and tacky jewelry. I was stunned to hear Myrlie Evers Williams talk about growing up in the South,not seeing any blacks on television. She explained that Sammy Davis Jr. and a few others would be on Television, and that as soon as one of these stars came on Television the TV screen would go black and the song “I wish I was in Dixie” would replace that programming until their segment was over. I mean how ignorant were those people?
Black America moved from love of God to love of stuff. The sanctity of holy matrimony was replaced with anything goes, sex and myriad baby-mommas. To date 71% of all African American kids are born out of wed-lock to single teenage mothers. America’s prisons are populated largely by African-American men of all ages. The consequences of those actions are almost a total removal of responsible male influence from Black homes.
These are not the things Doctor King and others fought and died for. Somewhere along the line the African-American train got off the track and the enemies of humanity are wasting no time in trying to put Blacks back onto the Plantation. You may argue there are no more plantations . I challenge you to explain to me what you call the inability to participate in your own life when you lose the right to vote. What do you believe the mass incarceration of Black men and women is about?
The forces of evil are lined up with cut-backs in educational opportunities. Voter suppression. Mass incarceration. I mean why not ? If a people squander the rights that was won for them, if they do nothing to further the agenda, why would anyone respect them? Black-America has squandered 50 years of hard-won gains. We do not own Banks, we do not own enough businesses. We don’t support the businesses owned by other Blacks so they fail , further reducing Black ownership. We do not love each other, our young people are filled with so much hate and anger they kill each other for the stupidest reasons. So Black America will have to fight the battles of 50 years ago all over again. That’s the reason Saturday’s march organizers cannot have a celebratory march. They have to coin it a commemorative march. They know that the battles of yester-year will have to be fought all over again because they got comfortable.