Forty years ago, more than 250,000 people, over 50,000 of them white, marched on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King. This past weekend, several thousands of blacks led by the "serpent in the garden," Louis Farrakhan, staged their second version of same.
Forty years ago, blacks, whites, Jews, Catholics, Protestants, ad nauseam locked arms and marched to end social injustice. This past weekend, the NAACP, the National Urban League, the Southern Leadership Conference, the Congressional Black Caucus, Jackson, Sharpton and others of their persuasion locked arms with Farrakhan to foment hatred, rage, immiseration, lies and distortion.
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On that day in August, some 40 years ago, Dr. King spoke of his dream that one day people of all races, colors and backgrounds would enjoy the America envisioned by the Founders. This weekend past, a brackish human being spewed forth a viruliferous diatribe of affectatious empowerment.
Over the past 40 years, pompous media types eager to label have bestowed leadership designations upon these contumacious malevolents. With the piscivorous deftness of the great white shark, these so-called leaders have seized upon white guilt and black rejection of modernity to become principle in retarding black advancement in a country where everyone can pursue their dreams.
Dr. King challenged those gathered that day not to "wallow in despair." His message was poignant and respectful. "We must not be guilty of wrongful deeds," he implored. He cautioned against drinking "from the cup of bitterness and hatred" and degenerating "into physical violence." King emphasized "dignity and respect."
Farrakhan and those on stage with him were the very visage of evil and anarchy. His message to the crowd was to not give money to the Red Cross and FEMA, because "FEMA is too white to represent us and so is the Red Cross." He accused whites of blowing up the levees in New Orleans as part of a government conspiracy to kill blacks. He accused the president of orchestrating 9-11. He called for blacks to file a class-action lawsuit for "criminal neglect" against the government pursuant to Katrina. He said blacks shouldn't pay taxes to an unjust government and proffered blacks don't get the same justice whites do.
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Farrakhan and those with him are the "vicious racists" Dr. King spoke of that day, who had "lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification." King dreamed of a nation where his children would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. But in the absence of character, Farrakhan and his querulous "legion" have only the color of their skin to trade upon.
Jackson, Sharpton and the Congressional Black Caucus have never been about much more than sating their own greed. It is a tragedy, however, to witness the depths to which the NAACP, Southern Leadership Conference and the National Urban League have sunk. At one time they represented worthwhile endeavors.
Farrakhan and all who lined the platform with him are worthy of the harshest condemnation – him because he is a usurper and false prophet, the others in part for pledging loyalty to a racist anti-Semitic anarchist who periodically views Earth from a spaceship, or so he believes.
The people leaving Dr. King's march were inspired to reach greater heights. The people leaving this march returned to that from which they came: crime, abortion, raw visceral bitterness, lies and deception.
It is the message and character of a leader that inspires those around him, not silly uniforms, expensive suits, misrepresentation of facts and/or rides in spaceships. Rather than distort the past, we must remind America of the time that black communities aspired to be more than bastions of anger and wastelands of squalor.