I know those loony leftards will be up in arms with this one – below is the full text of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech. You know they have to be asking themselves “How dare that racist conservative usurp King. It’s blasphemy!”
Well – despite the racist left’s idiocy – most conservatives – and most Americans for that matter – are not racists. I was 4 years old when King was murdered. I don’t remember it. However, I grew up in the military and my first 10 years of life were in the south. I don’t recall any racism during that period of time and I don’t have any recollection at all of having any overtly racist tendencies. In fact, my neighbors in North Carolina were black and I thought they were the best. They had a chicken coop out in back and the father used to let my brother and I help him catch the chickens. You can bet I have an ever-lasting memory of him cutting the head off the chicken. I actually know what it means when someone says “Like a chicken with their head cut off.” That was one of the most terrifying, yet funniest, memories I have. That was also when I learned that I really like pork rinds. They used to fry them up and pass ‘em around. Although their son was a few years older than I, we had some great times playing together.
When I was in High School I did a paper on MLK. I learned a lot about the man. When I was in college, I did some more research on MLK – and found out that he wasn’t necessarily a great “man” – he was more of a philanderer than anything – but – he was a great orator and his speeches were astounding. I believe he wrote his speeches so that he could personally try to achieve his own dream. I passed what I learned on to my kids – each of them have done reports on King as well and what it means to be equal. I’ve had discussions now with little BoBo (he is only 6) about what it means for all people to be treated equally and what MLK’s speech meant. Of course, I have to tread lightly with him at his age – I’m not really ready to start answering other questions about why there are people who dislike others just because of the color of their skin. My son is color blind with regards to race and his friends, teachers, and everything else he encounters. That is the way I want it and I hope he too can pass these ideas on to his kids. As a true believer and follower of the U.S. Constitution – I believe racism has no place in our society. That is the law of the land – and – the law of the land has done away with the color barrier. We as Americans need to do the same. We should all be judged on the content of our character – never on the color of our skin.
So, without further adieu – here is the full text of Martin Luther King, Jr’s full “I Have a Dream” speech that he gave on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial.
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.
But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.
It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.
But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. 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. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.
As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.
Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.
I say to you today, my friends, 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 have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Damn it! Damn it! Damn it! That dude that went on a rampage in Connecticut did it because his employers were all racists! Damn it! Now I need to boycott beer too?
Okay – well – not really. Is it me or is anybody else out there getting really sick and tired of this race card blame game? Why the hell can they not accept responsibility for their own freakin’ actions?!?!
Here is the story
And here is another link to this story by a different news organization
This is such bullshit! The man snapped because he is a freakin’ nutjob and a thief and got caught stealing and was fired for it. He came to work that morning with a loaded gun in his lunch box – you know damned well he already knew what was coming for him.
Quotes from both of the above stories
John Hollis, a legislative liaison for the Teamsters union, said he had been told that Thornton was caught on a video camera in the warehouse stealing beer. Hollis said the purpose of the meeting was to confront Thornton. Cirigliano, the union president, had been “fighting tooth and nail for this guy to get another opportunity,” Hollis said.
Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy said that at the meeting, Thornton had been given the option of resigning or being fired and “was being escorted from the building when the shots rang out.”
Omar Thornton sat calmly in a meeting with union representative and his supervisors as they showed a video of him stealing beer from the distributor where he worked.
Busted, he didn’t put up a fight, company officials said. He quietly signed a letter of resignation and was headed for the door when he pulled out a gun and started firing – “cold as ice,” as one survivor described it.
Dude – he got fired for stealing from his employer! How is that racism? According to his family:
Hannah said that Thornton, who is black, had complained about racial harassment at work. Hannah said that Thornton told her a racial epithet had been written and a noose drawn on a bathroom wall and that Thornton had taken photos of them with his cellphone. (Note here – Hannah is the shooter’s girlfriend’s mother)
and from the other story – this account
Thornton had said he found a picture of a noose and a racial epithet written on a bathroom wall, said Hannah, of Enfield, whose daughter Kristi had dated Thornton for eight years. Her daughter told her that Thornton’s supervisors told him they would talk to his co-workers.
So – we have two different articles on this situation basically saying the same thing – but – each adds a little more detail than the other.
So – what we have here is a black employee who got caught stealing. He was confronted with a video tape of his actions. He has a union rep sitting beside him who is trying to help get him another chance – he agrees to resigns – then turns around and shoots his supervisor and his union rep then goes on to kill other co-workers. And – rather than face the facts that this guy is a stone cold killer and thief – his family points to racism based on a third-party story?
Both articles go on to detail the fact that the shooter never once filed a discriminatory complaint and it states there has never been any federal or state complaints of racism EVER filed against this distributor.
Get over the freakin’ race baiting race card. He failed at life and is a miserable human being (now worm dirt). Accept it – move on already. Slavery freakin’ ended almost 150 years ago. Full civil rights were granted to all in 1964 – 46 years ago. I don’t deny there might be pockets of racists and racism here and there – but – every time a black man is caught doing something wrong – why does it have to be because of race?
The only reason race relations continue to be sour is because of the blatant racism coming from Blacks and Hispanics. We can’t move forward until you idiots get over it. You have become what you hate in white people. We have bent over backwards for almost 50 years setting things right and putting in laws to ensure we never turn back those hands of time – yet – you blame racism for all of your faults.
How much are you willing to bet that both Rangel and Maxine Waters are going to play the race card and blame racism on the fact they are both lying cheating thieves that deserve to go to jail. Black Americans are no more special than the rest of us Americans. You deserve no special treatment if you are a criminal. You go to jail just like the rest of us. If you want to know why there is a disproportionate number of blacks in jail – just check out your ghettos and your “hoods.” The fact of the matter is you are committing more crimes than whites and you’re getting caught.
Enough already! Take responsibility for your own actions.
One last thing before I go – where the hell are all those loony leftard anti-gun idiots? Why aren’t they speaking out against this? Oh, wait – that’s right – it’s okay for a black guy to go on a rampage and kill a bunch of white people – because – afterall – he’s not one of those crazy right winger religious nutjobs that cling to their bibles and their guns. Nope – he’s just a black man that suffered at the injustices of “the man” and has every right to fight to have his ankles unshackled.
Gimme a break! Seriously! Where are the anti-gun nutjobs? We see and hear them all the time when a white person goes off their rocker and kills a whole bunch of co-workers.
I’m just going to say what I think others are thinking but are either afraid to say it or are just too PC – since he is so hell bent on destroying this country – there will not be another black president in this country for a long time to come.
I don’t like the man because of his policies. It has nothing to do with his race. However, all those people who voted for him and are now remorseful – will have second thoughts the next time there is a black man in the race.
Obama has indeed set race relations back for a very long time and has doomed the presidency for any African-American hopefuls. Too bad.
This is a re-post from My Journey, a Personal Finance Blogger, who sometimes feels the need to voice his poltical views. Whether or not you agree with his views you should check out his site, My Journey to Millions,or subscribe to his Feed.
Despite writing a personal finance blog, I enjoy chatting up politics and I think I have been very open about my political views, which are basically libertarian in nature. I generally believe the government is a necessary evil and as such I want to keep it as small as possible. The way I look at it I don’t want the government involved in my business affairs as much as I do not want them inhibiting what I (and the founding fathers) consider inalienable rights (by the way I just wrote that Retirement is not an inalienable right).
I dislike the idea of affirmative action in this Country in the year 2009, and truly believe how it is used today is not what Congress and the Supreme Court envisioned those many years ago.
Imagine sitting in a Constitution Law II class with half the room being women, a good portion of them Black, and a liberal liberal Professor – and you are a white Christian Male and you raise your hand to talk about reverse discrimination of white males. It was a scary time for My Journey…but I didn’t care and neither should you. Well today I got some reprieve!
Ricci v. DeStefano – The New Haven 20
Today the United States Supreme Court gave their Opinion (read: Decision) in the case of Ricci v.DeStefano. (opens a .pdf file) The Case surrounds a group fondly known as the New Haven 20, a group of 20 Firefighters who studied their a** off and did well enough on a test to get promoted, but the City of New Haven decided to throw out the exam because no African Americans did well enough on it. Yeah read that over again, seems almost unreal.
The Wall Street Journal wrote today,
Writing for a 5-4 majority in Ricci v. deStefano, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that the city of New Haven violated civil-rights law when it threw out firefighter promotional exams because more whites than blacks or Hispanics had passed the tests. New Haven claimed it had to junk the tests because certifying the results would lead to an avalanche of lawsuits by black candidates who hadn’t passed. In other words, the city claimed it had to intentionally discriminate against white candidates out of fear that the tests unintentionally had a “disparate impact” against minorities.
But the Court found no evidence that the tests were flawed or that better alternatives for promotion existed. On the contrary, employment tests are an important tool against the very kind of racial discrimination that civil-rights laws were designed to prevent. “Fear of litigation alone cannot justify an employer’s reliance on race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions,”
Justice Kennedy wrote. The Supremes created this “disparate impact” reverse discrimination incentive with its 1971 Griggs decision, since codified into law, but at least five Justices are still able to object to this kind of blatant racial injustice.
As a brother of a Firefighter (also white Christian Male) I have watched my brother study is butt off for the lieutenants’ test for the FDNY. My Brother has put as much work as I did for the New York State Bar Exam, and if my test was thrown out because some people, albeit minorities, did worse than me, I know I may be a ‘tad upset.’ Meanwhile, all this studying occurs while holding a full time job which includes running into burning buildings (as most law school graduates know – I didn’t do anything while studying for the bar except…study).
How this ruling will play out as we move forward will be interesting. Are we finally seeing an end to affirmative action? Probably not, but thankfully it may end the practice of just promoting minorities because of their ethnicity, color, and/or race (wow, doesn’t this seem like an MLK Speech?).
The Opinions (multiple Justices made statements) total about 93 pages, and were released Monday morning so I have not had the time read them, as such, I am not ready to start ripping on Sotomayor which has been going around the news lately. However, from the news stories I have read thus far, both the majority and dissent have been less than complimentary of the Supreme Court Nominee who was part of the lower court which was reversed.
Notwithstanding this post I don’t think a test would be fair if it only asked questions only whites knew the answer to, but that is notwhat happened in Ricci.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank MJTM for posting this over here. Great discussion – thoughts people?
Yes – that’s right – today is my 1 year blogiversary – or whatever the hell you call it. This blog has accomplished quite a bit this year – more than I could ever have hoped for. That very first day that I started blogging – I really didn’t know what the hell I was doing – I was the epitome of a “noob.” I was just hoping somebody out there might find me. I have to admit – my first blog design was a piece of shit – you can see that here: http://thebobofiles.blogspot.com. Okay – now that you’ve seen it – you can stop laughing. I know – it was pretty ugly and it was all over the place.
Then – I met Holly from Menstrual Poetry. She actually put the basic design of this together and helped me migrate my posts and some of the comments. The design entirely done in html – so – I have creative license with everything (no widgets here). The sidebar design over there is mine. No comments please – I know I need to do a little work over there. I promise I will get to it and clean it up.
So – throughout this past year I have close to 51,000 visitors. That is almost 1,000 a week. I peaked at around 140 subscribers at one point. You’ll also notice that I have 37 mobile subscribers now as well. At one point I had my Alexa ranking down to 97,000. This past December and my classes really played hell on my activities – you’ll see my rank went back slightly above 130,000 again. But – I’m confident I’ll be bringing that down again. And – I got my PR up to 4! And – I realize you can’t make a living off this amount – but – I cleared just a little over $400 with all the different advertising methods that I have going on plus my BoBo Gear. Not bad considering I was blogging for about 3 months before someone told me I could make money doing this.
I have all of you to thank for the success this blog has achieved so far. Let’s hope we can grow this blog even more next year. I’m sure many of my lefty readers (and I do mean that in a nice cuddly manner) hope I don’t get any bigger at all!
Anyway – I thought it would be a real treat to bring back the very first post that I did. I only had 3 comments – and those were from friends that I told and they were more a welcome than actual comments on the contents! LOL. So – without further adieu – BoBo’s very first blog post:
Okay..for the first post to my new blog..why don’t we just start off with a topic that is sure to start some discussion. First, to my Liberal friends, I AM NOT A RACIST, nor am I into that whole white supremacy thing (I thoroughly expect to get flamin’ hate mail on this topic!). This is a very simple observation. As I am aging, getting wiser, and greyer, my eyes are opening to the reality that in America, we white guys are the ones who are actually being discriminated against. We white guys are the one’s who are really in the minority. Hmm..okay..you want proof? Okay..for starters..do you remember that loony guy on those TV ads who used to run around in a pseudo-Riddler suit by the name of Matthew Lesko who promises that you can make money off the government? Check out his website for a reminder. He clearly states that everyone is eligible for free government money and that everyone qualifies. Okay..so I bought into his schtick and put out the $39.95 for his book. I just knew I was going to get rich off the government (hmmm..must have been in my liberal days). In any case, as I search through it, all I find is that if you are a white male, there are no government programs, grants, or loans available. Yet, if you are a minority (black, yellow, female, native Indian, illegal immigrant, legal immigrant, etc.) there are programs and grants galore! Okay..need more proof? The Institute for Higher Education issued a work plan in April 2007 for opening the doors of our colleges and universities to LEGAL immigrants. Essentially, they are eligible for grants and lower in-state tuitions just because they are NOT Americans..Check it out HERE.
It is also a well known fact that our Liberal Universities have “quotas” and affirmative action plans that state they have to accept a minimum number of minorities into their schools. What this means is that if there are already too many white guys, they are forced to accept a minority who may have lower SAT scores and a lower GPA coming out of high school with less community involvement than their white counterpart. Additionally, they will give that minority a scholarship to get them into the school. Recently there was a case heard in the Supreme Court regarding the The University of Michigan Law School in which their point system for giving minorities preference in admission was initially struck down as being unfair, but was later overturned. So, what this means in a nutshell is that minorities get preference when it comes to our educational system.
Okay..so the Liberal stanza for these injustices are: “What about slavery? We enslaved the blacks for 200 hundred years. They deserve it!”; “Do you remember the trail of tears? We forced the Cherokee Indians from their homes. And..we stole their land from them, and tricked them out of Manhattan.”..and blah blah blah; “Do you remember the Japanese interment camps during WWII? They deserve everything we can give them.”; “What about the Chinese? We forced them to lay our railroad tracks for peanuts. They were indentured servants!”; “What about Woman’s suffrage? We kept women barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen for generations! They’ve only been aloud to vote for the past 70 years!”..again..BLAH BLAH BLAH. For crying out loud!! That was over 200 freakin years ago? The Japanese interment camps happened over 70 years ago! When is enough enough? We white guys are now paying for the sins of our great great great grandfathers. Okay..I get the whole Tuskegee Syphilis Study thing and I admit that was a great blunder for public health and probably has a whole lot to do with the mistrust of the government and especially the white man in government. But, again, haven’t we already paid enough? Do we need to keep using taxpayer dollars to fund every little thing that the minorities ask for? Do we still need to make sure that minorities are given preferences in our higher education system, workforce, and whatever else they can think of?
I can’t even get a small business loan because I “make too much money” or I “have too many assets.” Yet, my African-American brother down the street had no problem at all and we live in the same freakin’ neighborhood. Believe me, he’s probably pulling in the same cheddar that I am! America has come a long way in 200+ years. We may not yet have achieved MLK’s Dream, but we sure have come a long way! Who would have thought 40 years ago that we would have a Black man on the verge of becoming the President of the United States? I say, more power to him if he can actually pull it off. If he does become the President, is this all of the minorities in this country sending a signal? Is this their way of sticking it to the white man?