Unfortunately, after his death, his dream was picked up, and distorted by, a couple of charlatans, namely Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. I believe these two men have done more to set back race relations than anyone since James Earl Ray.
The Reverend King gave a moving speech at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. In that speech, he said he had a dream that one day in this nation, a man would be judged by the content of his character, not the color of his skin. We came close, Reverend. Unfortunately, we fell short, and have receded since. The election of Barak Obama in 2008 was a horrible nightmare for this country, not a glorious dream. In a complete reversal of the hopes and dreams of Reverend King, Obama was elected because he is black. Disappointing, America.
King warned us not to take things too far, but we ignored him. We have melted in America, like we pride ourselves on, for being a melting pot. But some nefarious people have attempted, and are still attempting, to remove some of the ingredients to the American stew. People like Jackson and Sharpton have tried to remove blacks from the melting pot, making them a separate dish on our great table. They have worked hard to ensure that blacks feel left out, though in all areas, blacks are represented in greater numbers than in the general population. In the military, in college and professional sports, in Congress. But yet they are still oppressed?
The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.Sharpton and Jackson have stirred the pot of distrust, antagonizing race relations, for selfish personal gain. Sharpton and Jackson are rich men. Reverend Sharpton has a net worth of 5 million dollars. Not bad for a man of the cloth, huh?
Al Sharpton is an American Baptist minister, civil rights activist, and radio talk show host; he has a net worth of $5 million.
The Reverend Jackson has a net worth of 10 million dollars. Now how can a guy with that kind of scratch claim to be oppressed?
Jesse Jackson is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister with a net worth of $10 million. Jesse Jackson acquired that net worth as a prominent civil rights activist, United States shadow Senator, and the creator of the civil rights organization Rainbow/PUSH.
Reverend King, in his I Have A Dream speech, issued orders to men like Jackson and Sharpton, but they have conveniently ignored them to enrich themselves on their people's struggle.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
Sharpton took a huge step backwards in his support of Tawana Brawley. He made very strident efforts to crucify some innocent boys from Duke University, simply because they were white. Sharpton is scum of the highest order.
King's speech was moving. As a man who wasn't even born until he was dead, I can say that I don't remember a time in my life when I saw true racism. Until the Federal Government made the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior's birthday a Federal holiday. On Friday, January 10, 1986, they announced over the intercom at North Stafford High School that Monday, the 13th, would be no school for black kids in observance of Martin Luther King Day. White kids were to report as usual.
I won't try to say racism was dead before that. It wasn't. But also that year, a man named Clarence Thomas was nominated for the Supreme Court. A black man flew on the space shuttle. Erik Dickerson led the NFL in rushing attempts and rushing yardage. Jerry Rice led in touchdown receptions and receiving yardage. America was pursuing King's dream.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I hope that we can get Reverend King's dream back on track. I hope in the coming year, we will judge all men, and women, on the content of their character. Of course that will leave Jackson, Sharpton, and Obama in the ditch where they belong.