What Rev. King Might Say If He Were Alive Today

Way too many black folk not taking advantage of the opportunities born from the sacrifices of Rev. King- up to and including his death.

Too many black folk still want to blame whitey for what holds us back rather than realizing the obligation of personal responsibility that comes with freedom.

Too many blacks still think equal access means equal outcomes. They also think that the lack of equal outcomes is proof of that institutional racism still exists.

Too many black folk are still afraid to condemn self-debasing attitudes, ideas and behaviors among their own people.

Too many black folk scared of full integration into mainstream America. They’re scared to take the risks- which include the possibility of failure- and make the sacrifices that comes with full integration into American society.  In their minds, failure reinforces the belief in white minds that blacks are still second-class citizens.

Too many black folk content with being the very stereotypes their cultural antecedents fought to avoid and or overcome.

If Rev. King were alive today- he might say something along these lines. And he wouldn’t be wrong.

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2 thoughts on “What Rev. King Might Say If He Were Alive Today

  1. Matt January 20, 2015 / 8:58 am

    If Dr. King were alive today, I cannot imagine he’d be as famous or as well received as he was then. Too inflammatory, too blunt, too…truthful. He’d be overshadowed by his own protegès, Sharpton and Jackson. Not to be too cynical or negative, but if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was alive today, in this politically correct climate….do you think anyone would know it?

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    • derryckg January 20, 2015 / 9:23 am

      Everything you say is correct. Personally, I’d like to think that if Rev. King were alive today, the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons wouldn’t hold the place of mainstream prominence afforded to them by King’s absence.

      That said, if King were to magically reappear to see what what’s become of his legacy and the beneficiaries of his sacrifice, I truly believe that he would be dismissed, denigrated and marginalized by the very people who claim to carry on his mission of civil rights. King is in the tradition of Booker T. Washington who also advocated personal responsibility and black self-determination, moral virtue, strength through love (forgiveness)… and though he’s acknowledged during black history month, he’s continually seen as a gelded appeaser to white oppression. So he’s looked down upon by the very people- blacks- who need to hear and embody his message more than ever.

      Yep, people would know Rev. King were he alive today, but only because he would be given roughly the same treatment as black conservatives or black preachers are given when they turn from the pc narrative of black victimization at the hands of never-ending white racism.

      And our culture is worse off because of it.

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