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In His Own Words

daunhin Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 11:47 AM
As a child of the fifties and sixties, I understood little of King and the Civil Rights Movement. Now, forty-fifty years later, I read King’s words and understand. I can’t help but wonder why Jackson, who was a teenager in the fifties, does not understand what King was about. Instead, he twists King’s words and uses them, along with a willing Black community, to his own benefit and to feed his power-hungry appetite – not to mention lining his pockets. Sharpton is no better. Both Jackson and Sharpton divide rather than reconcile.
Emilie3 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 2:04 PM
It's because they are not the God-inspired great men like MLK Jr. was. Such a man comes along only once. They didn't understand then and don't now, what the goal was.
daunhin Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 11:48 AM
King saw a society that was colorblind. Instead, today we have, thanks to the Jackson’s and Sharpton’s, who have bastardized the once true Civil Rights Movement, we, as a society, are even more divided by color than in the fifties and sixties. The blame does not only rest with these two degenerates and their ilk, it also rest with those who follow like blind sheep as well those who are unwilling to speak out about this atrocity.

Every year he grows more ceremonial, distant, symbolic, less alive. It is the fate of heroes. Their pictures are relegated to banners, their words become clichés, their very names become streets and boulevards instead of a living presence. Icons. Washington, Lincoln, Lee, Martin Luther King. . . . Our familiarity with them may not breed contempt exactly, but a kind of boredom, and indifference. Haven't we heard it all before?

Maybe, but have we listened before? How long has it been since we've really heard his words and felt their force? And their continuing, insistent relevance. Instead our heroes become fit...