Has MLK dream become reality?
I was born in August of 1957. Therefore, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, led the Civil Rights March on Washing in 1963, I was six years old. My family lived in Dallas. My parents did not travel to D.C. to participate in this historical March. By the time, I was six, my parents had four small children. My father was the local union president and was self-employed. I am told that my family watched the march on TV and listened to the radio. Unlike the failures of other fathers, my father reminded me throughout my life that I had to be a fighter for rights and freedoms of people who looked liked me for education and freedom.
My father taught me that the government do not owe me anything. I grew up believing that the only thing the government owes me is protection from invasion of other countries, law enforcement within our borders, and due to federal compulsory education laws, it must provide every citizen an education. Housing, health care, employment, and food, were not owed to me, which makes me responsible to obtain and maintain.
No entitlements! This is one of my favorite topics. What the “F” happened to the dignity of the Negro?
Negro? Ops that has got to be the problem – the word Negro. Let’s start there. If you are black, born any where in these United States of America, and were born before 1975, look at your birth certificate. You are a Colored.
If you were born between 1975 and 1985 – look at your birth certificate. You are a Negro. People born after 1985? Your birth certificate may say Black, African American, Negro, or other. Today, if you do not have your child’s father’s name on the birth certificate, your child’s race may not be defined at all.
With the number of inter-relational births – its hard to know what the parents will allow their children to be labeled. That’s a discussion on a different blog post. But for the discussion to be held here, we are talking about the person that looks like me who was born in the 50’s, who grew up by parents who were 30-something during Dr. King’s Civil Rights work! Fifty-years ago. Those people were black parents who became grand, great, and great great parents before they retired or died.
1. Dr. King was assassinated in April of 1968; five years after he held the Civil Rights March on Washington 50 years ago. Lets talk about what he accomplished between August of 1963 and April of 1968 because somehow people want us to think that Dr. King’s legacy was integration, economic opportunities, voting rights, and equal rights. I want to hear from you. What laws were passed and how did they affect “Black America” and what effect did the passing of the laws have on “White Americans” especially those that were decision-makers.
2. Let’s talk about those Black Parents and those so called Civil Rights leaders who claimed they were active and participated in the march and fought for our rights and freedoms. What did they do in those three years to help ensure what Dr. King fought for would benefits us for generations?
3. What is the difference between the children whose parents raised them with the presence of Civil Rights and the children whose parents raised them to be dependent on society.
4. As a people, where are we now? What have we accomplished? Since 1963, how far have we moved forward?
5. As a people, how far backwards have we moved?
6. Has MLK dream become reality? If so, define freedom. If not, define freedom.
Note: This is not a Blog topic for gay rights or a rainbow color. There is a different category for gay rights. There is only one color of people we are discussing in this blog and that is those with the racial destination on their birth certificates as Negro, Black, or African American. Thank you for respecting this discussion.