Published: Sunday, Aug. 25 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Dr. King may have had a sense of religion that provided the underpinning of his
campaign, but very few if any have that sense today. Today religion is a tool,
an enabler and an excuse for those that seek power and money.
The mentality of people was a lot higher than it is to day which is that of a 13
year old. Madam Albeit is quoted as saying that she expects it to be that of a 5
year old. So what have we learned in 50 years.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Dream" speech is interpreted perhaps
wrongly, in that many see it as a mandate for entitlements for Minorities. I
see it as a dream that to be shared requires a tremendous effort on the part of
those who feel discriminated against, to become good citizens, to earn respect,
and to contribute to Society in a positive way. For those who feel
discriminated against due to ethnicity or religion or whatever the reason, it is
a call to step up and make the dream happen by evoking, by earning, by becoming
great. This would include a loving family life, respect for all life, living a
truly compassionate Christ-centered life, unifying, building, exemplifying the
King said he hoped the day would come when "men would be judged NOT by the
color of their skin but instead by the content of their character". Today
the race hustlers (Sharpton, Jackson, MSNBC etc...) have reversed Dr Kings hope
and dream. Today it is the COLOR of a mans skin that matters and content of his
character is insignificant. We saw that sadly played out from the election of
Barack Obama to the shooting of Treyvon Marin. Skin color was why Barack was
elected and skin color is also why there was NO news coverage at all at the
white baseball player that was gunned down a few weeks ago by two black kids and
a white kid. Skin color was also why there was no coverage in the major news
networks of the white kid that was savagely beaten in a school bus by three
black teens. I'm afraid the left has destroyed the hope and dream of a good
man that only wanted his own race to be fairly treated instead of used by the
politically corrupt as a means to gain profit and power.
Many Good Latter-Day Saints believe every word Ezra T. Benson ever said.But in Conference of Oct. 1961, "Elder" Benson said that Martin
Luther King Jr. was a Socialist and a Communist Sympathizer, and that the Civil
Rights movement was a Communist plot.Too bad, I suppose many are
STILL adhering to every word he ever said.
I find it rather insulting that the DN editorial board would invoke the image of
Dr. King when their position so often seems to be the oppression of others.
Interesting invoking MLK with illegal immigration. He was very much against it,
and his successor to the Southern Leadership Conference, Ralph Abernathy marched
with Chavez to the Mexican border to protest it. Love thy neighbor
is sending people down the path of righteousness; rewarding illegal/dishonest
behavior is not love. The Churches who encourage illegal immigration also
encourage them to lie, steal and covet. If they really cared they would want
enforcement, and tell the dishonest business owners in their congregation to get
their act together.
DR MLK was a good man. I supported his call for "Equality". But Al
Sharpton and the people who pretend to replace Dr MLK have changed the message.
It's no longer about the dream of a day when we won't even notice the
color of a man's skin. It's about blaming and hating white people.
If the message ever gets back to not caring about the color of skin (instead of
scoring points against whites)... I'll be back with them.
Liberal,Re your statement that, "But in Conference of Oct. 1961,
"Elder" Benson said that Martin Luther King Jr. was a Socialist and a
Communist Sympathizer"...I looked up his Oct 1961 talk online
and read it. There was no mention of Martin Luther King Jr in it.I
even did a text search for "Martin, Luther, King" and none were
found.I would hope the DMN would research some of your false claims
and not post comments that are factually false (it's part of the posted
rules for comments)It was a good speech though. Especially if you
agree that "Communism is antagonistic to the American way of life", and
believe that our American heritage of freedom is part of God's plan. I
would encourage anyone who wants to read it to google "ezra taft benson
october 1961" and read it.
@2 bits – “If the message ever gets back to not caring about the
color of skin (instead of scoring points against whites)... I'll be back
with them.”Well said… Sadly, this occurs
throughout politics (Right and Left). When one side gains momentum (because
initially they had well-reasoned arguments against the real problems of the
other side) that pendulum inevitably keeps swinging far past the point where
those same arguments are valid. So the old stalwarts are left with
tired arguments against problems which largely no longer exist, and the new
problems (crime, drugs, poverty in the black community) go unanswered because
they can’t adjust to the new realities on the ground. Were he
still alive, I wonder if MLK would be speaking out on the moral bankruptcy
prevalent in much of the black community (sort of like Bill Cosby does) or if he
would have remained stuck in the old mindset.
I think Martin Luther King would see Al Sharpton, Black Panthers, and Jessie
Jackson as 'racist'. I think he would be happy with all the progress
we have made. But he would encourage us to keep making progress.I
think he would have grieved for Trayvon Martin and spoken out, but he would have
denounced the violence in the protests today's so called "racial
leaders" organized, where random people were attacked just for being white
(AL Sharpton and Jessie Jackson didn't).I think he would be
calling for President Obama to do more to bring America TOGETHER on race.I don't think he would be a divider like Al Sharpton and Jessie
Jackson are today.
re:2 bitsI think MLK would see through the thin disgraceful facade
of Obama and would instead preach unity instead of starting race wars - gender
wars - class wars like BO has.
Some of the comments are so right wing biases that they are stunning!Let's start by correcting the error in the article -- the marvelous A
Philip Randolph was not the main organizer of the March on Washington. The
credit belongs to Bayard Rustin, who, being Gay, was later cast aside as a
liability.And let's go back to the "race wars, class
wars" comments: the present Supreme Court (republican dominated) pretty much
started a race war by striking down the Voting Rights Act.Mitt Romney
pretty much perpetuated a class war with the "47 per cent" comment,
which can not be explained away rationallyWhether each of us loves
or approves of certain other American Citizens, that is who they are, and it is
up to us to help lift them up, not look down on them for their perceived lack of
pulling themselves up. I know it is hard for us White folks to understand the
damage of slavery and colonialism, but it is OUR task to help those doing less
well, as Jesus would remind us.
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