WHY MR. KING’S ‘DREAM’ HAS BECOME A ‘NIGHTMARE’
To answer the reader’s first question: how does a ‘white’ man qualify to write anything remotely intellectually, historically honest about bigotry and racism in America over the past nearly six decades: As a boy growing up in Herington, Kansas during the Forties and Fifties, I attended school with black children; a black boy, Billy Ray Edwards, was a buddy.
Before integration was forced into the schools of Oklahoma in 1969, I was an American History teacher at Northeast High: a black ghetto high school of twelve hundred students (twenty-one were white) and faculty: I was one of three white faculty members. In 1968, the school was a disgrace and an abyss of a ‘white-society’s’ racist and bigoted disregard for anyone with black skin. These children were part of the ‘hate and throw away’ portion of a White Nation without shame living large on the Dredd-Scott decision…and with a few exceptions, loving every Supreme Court member for it.
My one semester, I was forced to transfer to a new school: Star Spencer, the following year that was being integrated, at Northeast earned me a Master’s Degree in ‘Racial Politics’ and ‘Educational Stupidity’ as school integration happened in 1969. My education included things that made the “Blackboard Jungle’ movie ‘child’s play’.
Martin Luther King became the famous Non-Violent-Disobedience voice for a people needing one desperately. I’m convinced his famous speech was divinely inspired and part of God’s greater plan for America because his “I’ve Got a Dream” speech was only in the ‘margin’ of the last segment of his written speech. His dream was that a person of color would one day be judged by the content of his character rather than the color of his skin. Since my teaching days, I’ve longed for that dream to become a reality: My opinion, it hasn’t.
My opinion, Dr. King was a ‘Biblical-man’. Sure he was flawed as all men are, but he lived his public life using Jesus and the bible as his foundation for living. My opinion, today, he’d distance himself from most of what is happening with the on-going demise of America’s black/white relationship and conversation because Jesus and his biblical teachings have taken a ‘back-of-the-bus’ seat to something called: Social Justice, which has little resemblance to Dr. King’s dream or agenda. I’m convinced his dream was ‘merit-based’; not skin-color based.
The content of a person’s character was his ‘mark of excellence’; today’s self-proclaimed black leaders can’t hit a biblical target let alone its ‘bull’s eye’. Ensconced by charlatans, corrupt race mongers that manipulate all white/black grievances, real or imagined, for political purposes, the Al Sharpton’s of this day malign every decent, honest person of color, as they foist upon our nation their particular brand of non-biblical ‘Social Justice’. From the White House to our Top-dog legal beagle, race is inflamed at every opportunity, rather than seeking ‘common-ground’ where truth and honesty about a ‘slave’ legacy that tethers all to the auction block for past sins committed, we have allowed a few whoremongers amongst us to derail the good intentions the majority of black and white people have been working for the past fifty years to be put into reverse. Any car traveling at a high rate of speed that is suddenly shifted into reverse destroys the Transmission. Perhaps, Ferguson and New York stripped our Nation’s gears.
Dr. King gave his life for black children to have an equal opportunity to pursue success and happiness. If he knew that fifty percent of his people has spurned the ‘white-man’s’ offer to achieve success; the dropout rate for black students is sixty percent; turned their neighborhoods into Drug infested ‘killing fields’: eighty percent of all crime committed in a black neighborhood is black on black; his children choose not to be educated but run to the streets for education; and from their music to entertainment, promote promiscuity without impunity; two thirds of all births are to women not married (God’s bible teaches young people should flee from fornication…not seek it.; and they are dependent upon the largess of a misguided, political, guilt-trip political class of elected people stealing from hard working taxpayers (black/white) to cover the rears of irresponsible ‘deadbeats’ who have lifted the art of ‘sloth’ to heights unimaginable to a white teacher who stood before an American History class of mostly ignorant, not stupid, black students and announced Dr. Martin Luther King had been murdered by a low-life white racist.
America’s black people don’t need voices that enhance their ability to refuse to accept their flaws; they need to listen to the few voices (I.e. Dr. Ben Carson) that call for personal accountability and rejection of those who would make ‘sport’ of an honest, conversation about ‘Race’. While white politicians of all stripe and ilk, slink away from the ‘battle field’ as our Socialist media has become our New Age Millennium censors that will soon rival the real ‘Terrorists’ who just don’t hotly disagree, but cut your head off, nearly two hundred years since the Civil War, America still struggles with racial confrontations. My opinion, like the majority of Muslims who are peaceful citizens and follow most of the tenants of the Quran, they have allowed a small minority to ‘high-jack’ the outcomes by their soft stances against evil and their near silence about the terrorists from fear and stigmatization; so have the ‘Silent-majority’ of black society, as their social debacle continues to increase rather than decrease. Trillions of dollars have been thrown at this systemic social problem and success still seems a figment of one’s imagination. Until America’s black society decides to return back to its once strong biblical, family foundation, it will always be an illusive goal.
Perhaps, we need to model Germany’s modus operandi for living past its ugly history. It doesn’t set aside a month a year to celebrate a legacy of shame and sin. It doesn’t rear a new generation of children that dwell in the abyss of people who chose to harm others…to prove their loyalty to a monster Nazi leader, and secondly to Mother Country. Each year’s celebration of Black History is a rehash of a time in our country’s history that has passed. People of color…not black, will soon be the power brokers of this Nation’s political process. Might our entire country find a sobering truth in our festering racial divide: as I told my black history students at Northeast High, who didn’t want to study American History because it was a bunch of lies written by ‘White-men’, when you learn the truth about slavery, you may not be very happy about its history: America’s black population came to this country because Black African Kings sold their ancestors to Dutch slave traders for horses and other types of wealth these Kings thought enhanced their kingdoms and legacies. None cared about the fate of the slaves! From what I can know, it would behoove all of America to teach this nation’s history and show its warts and flaws so all could stand on life’s grand stage and handle the ‘Skunk-cabbage’ as well as the adulation that comes from an amalgamation of people, far from perfect, but an entity that survived and thrived despite long odds; both black and white skinned people.
Why has America’s black society floundered so and Mr. King’s dream hasn’t been fulfilled? God’s holy bible provides the answer. In the Apostle’s first letter to the Christians at Corinth, he writes, “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly.” Co. 3:1-2 N.I.V
When schools were first integrated in Oklahoma, the bigotry was in-the-closet ‘soft-bigotry’: ruled known to all, but not publicly expressed. The educational plank was fraught with the following: black kids are too dumb to learn; they are just next-door to monkeys; a ‘Social Pass’ is the only way to get them out of school; the best way to handle them is to coddle them; don’t waste your time or risk personal injury with discipline; and my generation of bigots could easily add to this list. The idea of personal responsibility, a disciplined life, and merit was cast to the winds…and seventy years later, both black and white students can model most of those racist comments outcomes by the education systems of America. Then there was ‘White-flight: white families moved to the suburbs to escape having their lives mixed with blacks. Today, thanks to a slavish devotion to Unions and other mushy-headed Socialists who care more about their cherished outcomes that don’t include educating black children, the ‘White/black/brown/yellow-flight continues as any parent with any ability to flee the ‘inner-city’ schools, run a fast as they can. Today, these schools are once again segregated: eighty-plus percent of the those schools are attended by black children, but the self-appointed and elected black leaders of our society continue to deny poor parents the ability to provide their children with a decent education as they fight mightily against ‘Charter Schools’ or any type of political educational programs that would enhance their opportunities. Sharpton and his cronies care only about stirring the racial-pot: that is where the big dollars are; rather than help his people become educated and successful,
Recently, these loons have put another stupid plank in the education system that will guarantee the continued failure of black students, all students in poor neighborhoods. They are going to make it more difficult to suspend a misbehaving student or for teachers to control their class rooms so they can try to teach the three Rs. I wonder if any of the black power-brokers ever saw the great movie: Remember the Titans. There is one poignant scene where the black coach (Boone) rebukes the white coach (Yoast) about coddling the black players. He informs him that he is killing them as his attempt to comfort them under Boon’s harsh, demanding tutelage, for his coddling won’t help them live in the ‘real world’ nor help them become successful as a player or in life. From the lips of a black man to the voice of God, would black society recognize this is the missing underpinning that has left them tethered in a morass of failure. To me, the saddest part about this is that they have influenced the white students to follow suit because we have adopted and adapted their victimhood culture.
Today, their self-proclaimed black leaders will incite mayhem as cities are looted and burned because they aren’t happy with our legal system; their schools are dens of drug infested halls of non-learning, and they are silent, nary is a protest sign seen; their people can’t walk down a street without a sense of fear from thugs; their kids are beaten and robbed for wearing a gang’s colors, and they focus their leadership skills on educating people to fear and hate cops…including their brand of Rap teaching these skills; and it is all ‘white-washed’ by political dollars and selfish political ambition.
When black preachers and high- dollar-roller politicians begin to hold biblical revivals in our ghettos on weekends in our major ‘killing fields’ cities to call its people to repentance about the sin in their lives and use their ‘Bully-pulpits’ to use God’s power and the Holy Spirit to convict sinners and bring collective shame and embarrassment upon those who want to cast blame on others for their refusal to live a life that enhances their race, one can know a black society is serious about tearing down the racial divide in our country.
Food for thought: Seventy years ago America’s black families lived in a white, bigoted, racist country; yet, they were the model for ‘close-knit’ family biblical living. They, like all of America that has listened to a godless, Atheist siren’s voice, have suffered the most for rejecting God’s plan for individual and collective success. My opinion, in the future, I think it is now America’s white society that will learn hard-lessons about this suffering. America became the greatest country in the world because it was divinely blessed by its Creator; its abject rejection will bring outcomes none will enjoy.
My opinion, if Mr. King were alive, the outcomes we now see and must find a way to overcome, concerning America’s black society, would not have happened He led his people with a bible in his hand; not some mealy-mouthed ‘invisible-ink’ Social Justice document