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The progressive left destruction of Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights dream

Written By | Jan 21, 2019
Martin Luther King, Civil Rights, Progressive Left

The Martin Luther King memorial at night (Image: @Gedyon Kifle Official file photo )

WASHINGTON:  Today we recognize the 90th birthday of the Reverand Martin Luther King, Jr.  Assassinated in 1968, in a relatively short period of time, just 14 years, Dr. King became one of the most inspiring, unifying, divisive and revered men ever to shine in American politics.

And if people could spin in their graves, this champion of Civil Rights and Equality would be doing just that.

Fearing Dr. King

Whites afraid of the Civil Rights movement feared Dr. King. An icon of the African-American Civil Rights movement, King was denounced as a Communist and was a target of J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI’s COINTELPRO (Counter Intelligence Program) until his assassination.  Dr. King was denounced at every turn, but the reality is that he fought for the equality of all people, including Black People in an era where Jim Crow was very alive.

Unlike today’s faux civil rights warriors, those taking a knee, or destroying a city, King did not believe in violence.  Or hate.  He believed in change for the better.  However, since the election of President Obama, the equality of the races has taken a beating.  It is no longer about equality as much as I deserve to be more equal than you.




After King’s “I have a dream” speech, the head of COINTELPRO wrote:

“In the light of King’s powerful demagogic speech yesterday he stands head and shoulders above all other Negro leaders put together when it comes to influencing great masses of Negroes. We must mark him now, if we have not done so before, as the most dangerous Negro of the future in this Nation from the standpoint of communism, the Negro and national security.”

King was an advocate of non-violent civil disobedience along the model of Gandhi, yet his death was marked by massive riots across America.  Saint, womanizer, Nobel Peace Prize winner, revolutionary, King as an icon has grown since his death to transcend these labels, commanding respect, and recognition.

Giants of pacifism: Nelson Mandela, Dr. Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi

However, what would King think of today’s diversity identity politics?  (Racial Identity Politics: Is diversity another word for racism?)

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Martin Luther King monumnet / Washington DC (Official photo)

America remembers Martin Luther King

America is crisscrossed by streets named after Martin Luther King. Dotted with schools honoring his memory.

Volumes have been written about King.  King’s speeches have inspired countless school children and their parents, and monuments to King are found in nearly every city.

Would he be pleased by these monuments when groups like Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA protest use a platform of hate, violence and supremacy?

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King delivered one of the greatest speeches in American history on August 28, 1963.

From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, he sang out the words, “I have a 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 a table of brotherhood.

“I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.



“I have a dream that my four 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.”

Would King appreciate the schools and his memorial on Washington’s National Mall? He answers that question himself:

“There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, ‘When will you be satisfied?’ 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 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.”

For those that remember Dr. King, his assassination, to see the hooded, violent protestors at the inauguration of President Trump, was the realism that our progress as humans has reached a new dead stop.

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Screen Capture – Antifa protesting President Trump

Would King be pleased with the progress of Black Americans?

Jim Crow is gone. The EEOC and the federal courts guarantee the rights of black Americans to sleep in any hotel and to work in any office.

They can vote in any election and have something for which to vote.

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Black men and women have served as Secretary of State, Attorney General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Ambassador to the United Nations. Today a black man will take the oath of office for the second time as the President of the United States.

Martin Luther King, Civil Rights, Progressive Left

Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument Wall . Official file image

But almost 50 years after King’s speech, justice does not roll down like waters, nor righteousness like a mighty stream. Children are still as likely to be judged by the color of their skin as by the content of their character.

King said,

“Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred,” and yet bitterness and hatred still mark the feelings of white and black Americans alike in their dealings with one another.

King said,

“Let us not wallow in the valley of despair,”

yet many do.

One cannot believe that Dr. King would have found solace in liberal Black America’s steps to resegregate our schools and public square.

Afro-centric schools, public and private: A step back into segregation?

Dr. Bret Weinstein

Evergreen State College in the state of Washington made the list after students harassed biology professor Bret Weinstein into teaching off campus out of fear for his safety. Dr. Weinstein public refusal to participate in a “Day of Absence,” in which all white people were to leave the campus, is an example of the left eating its own.

 Weinstein, a biology professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., who is vocal in his support of Bernie Sanders, and the Occupy Wall Street movement was suddenly deemed a racist only because of the color of his skin..

Mr. Weinstein identifies as “deeply progressive.”  He should be revered by the attendees of one of the most left-wing colleges in the country.  In today’s identity politics insanity, Weinstein found himself a victim of black leftist students against anyone who dares challenge ideological orthodoxy on campus. Weinstein’s challenge being the color of his parents.

College: An educational opportunity or liberal groupthink indoctrination?

Would Dr. King approve college groups that demand a white professor stay off campus?  Most likely, no.

How would Dr. King feel about the calls of alleged black leaders, like Maxine Waters (D-CA) that call for the harassment and physical violence against those that politically disagree with her, including the President?

An ugly, disintegrating Democratic Party and the American left

Most likely, no.

Since King’s death, we’ve accomplished so much and changed so little. America is as divided as ever. The continental divide is not a landmark, but a fault line that still run along the racial divide.  And it is time for leaders, black leaders like Al Sharpton, Barack and Michelle Obama, Cornell West and Louis Farrakhan  (TOP 10 RACIST AFRICAN-AMERICANS – Exploiting Martin Luther King Jr. to stir up racial hate)

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Jacquie Kubin

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