Nightmarish Celebration of Dr. King's 'I Have a Dream' Speech

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

So we've got one, (count 'em: ONE) black United States Senator, and he doesn't get invited to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. How interesting.

When the day began, I found myself not really feeling, as they say, this D.C. event. To be honest, I found myself feeling rather negative about it, and I had to reflect on why. I came to the conclusion that my feelings rested in knowing that the liberal left would use this day to push their agenda. Under the guise of celebrating Dr. King's memory, they would lift up their own causes. They would then promote, politicize, and demonize. I just knew it--and I was not wrong. As a result, I posted the following on Facebook:
I celebrate this 50th anniversary of the March on Washington like so many others, but what bugs me is that the liberal left think they own Dr. King's memory. They're using this event as a platform to advance their agenda and throw in their digs. It totally annoys me, and it does not represent the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Furthermore, in response to someone's comment, I wrote:

I've been smh all day for the politicization of this event and Dr. King's memory, as seen in the various speeches by people who want to use this to push their agendas--like Obamacare, amnesty, Trayvon, so-called threats to voting rights, same-sex marriage, the list goes on.

This brings me back to the fact that Senator Scott was not invited. Greta Van Susteren asked Herman Cain tonight on On the Record if that was an oversight. I agree with him: no, it was not an oversight. How do you fail to invite the only black senator, who happens to be the from South Carolina, a hotbed of segregation in Dr. King's day? No, this was no oversight, and they did not forget he exists. It was calculated, and we know why. He is, after all, a conservative Republican. Anyone who thinks that didn't play a factor is living in an alternate universe. So much for inclusion.

I did not watch the entire event today, but from what I did see and what I've heard, this occasion, which should have been a cause for celebration, reflection, and forward mobilization, became a left-wing exercise in politicization. I found myself not only disappointed, but disgusted, as well. I was not, however, surprised, for even as I awoke from my own dream early this morning, I knew that what was supposed to be the celebratory anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech would be just a tad bit nightmarish.

Dr. King's memory merited more.


Rob Harrison August 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM  

My wife's comment re: Sen. Scott: "I guess they took the 'content of his character, not the color of his skin' principle the wrong way. They didn't like the content of his character, so they ignored the color of his skin."

Adrienne Ross August 28, 2013 at 11:35 PM  

Hi Rob,

Your wife has an interesting take on it, for sure. I'd say they didn't ignore his skin color at all. In fact, his skin color is what they could not ignore: "How dare HE be a Republican? Doesn't he know his place?"

Anonymous,  August 30, 2013 at 9:08 AM  

How can we get African Americans to see that their slavish (my choice of words, I'll stand by it) devotion to the Democrat Party is the root cause of so much of their own inability to gain a solid and "equal" foothold in America? If Black Solidarity shifted even to say 60/40 it would spell the end of the Democrat Party as we know it, and in a poetic turnaround they could end up freeing us all. Unfortunately both sides seem to know this, so they desperately cling to the co-dependency that is at the core of a malignancy that is devouring us from the inside out. I want to encourage you to carry on. Palin/Ross 2016!!! Steve Brennan(stevethird)

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