When Dr. King made his I Have a Dream speech fifty years ago, blacks were truly victims. They were the victims of Jim Crow laws passed and jealously guarded by Southern Democrats, with the sole intent of keeping blacks second class citizens. My personal feeling is that Dr. King would be gratified to see how far reaching and successful his teachings have been in bringing equality to black people. I also believe he would be equally appalled at how Democrats, Progressives and so called black leaders have perverted his dream. The result of the perversion is the very thing he fought against, the subjugation of black people. Never was the perversion more obvious than in the sacrilege that occurred at the many 50th anniversary celebrations of that famous speech, in Washington and around the country.
Never being one to let an opportunity to divide us and instill a sense of victimhood slip by, our President took his turn at reinforcing that while we have come a long way, black people still are oppressed and don't have equality of opportunity. He rolled out that tired but tried and true ideology, everybody has a right to home, job, car, and on and on. He hinted in a thinly veiled way that we cannot rest until we make that equality happen and he and his government (I said government and not administration intentionally) are working tirelessly to guarantee the outcome in the black community. Shades of Lyndon Johnson.
While President Obama, did talk about the need for blacks to stop making excuses and not rely on government, which I applauded and frankly did not expect, I believe he was forced into adding those statements against his will. Politically, the Trevon Martin debacle, which he pounced on, blew up in his face. The black on black murder and crime rate and out of wedlock births came to the fore almost immediately. People began to ask questions as to why Mr. Obama was silent on the black on white beatings and murders that happened during the Martin trial and since. I think it was an olive branch to help his party with independents in 2014 and left alone, he would not have included those things in his speech.
A host of black politicians added their racially divisive rhetoric and did their part in perverting Dr. King's dream. It is interesting to note that Dr. King preached inclusiveness and yet there was not one black Republican to be seen or heard from. Absent also were strong, successful women of color like Deneen Borelli, Star Parker and Michelle Malkin. Where was Dr. Benjamin Carson, or any other sensible, successful black man? Inclusivity? I think not and by design.
At various times, Sharpton and Jackson, respectively the CEO and the President of the Race Industry, did their usual hate speeches. Without looking for and finding or inventing racial bogey men where few exist, they would lose their relevance. Let's not leave out the NAACP even though they are largely irrelevant, they still try. My apologies to anyone that deserved mention and that, by oversight, I left out.
My point is until everyone acknowledges that there will always be a small number of bigots in the population, that slavery ended one hundred and fifty years ago (at the order of a Republican President at that) that all the laws that need to be passed have been passed and that its long since past time to stop breathing life into the notion of victimhood, this will be an issue our grandchildren's grandchildren will be dealing with. It seems simple and logical so why can't it happen?
It can't happened because the minute we acknowledge that black people have equal opportunity to be as successful as the amount of effort they are willing to expend, victimhood dies. It can't happen because the minute we acknowledge that black people have to stop killing each other at the rate of eight or nine thousand a year, victimhood dies. It can't happen because if it does, the Democrat party loses its victim base. It can't happen because if it does Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, The NAACP, and the Congressional Black Caucus have no reason for being. (It can't happen because that would mean the Reverends Sharpton and Jackson would have to support themselves with legitimate employment.) It can't happen because the minute we acknowledge that the system incentivizes the 73% of black births that are out of wedlock, victimhood dies. It can't happen because the minute our leaders say that in America everyone needs to be responsible for themselves and self reliant, victimhood is no longer a badge of honor.
I haven't mentioned the Republicans in this and need to because they have fed into it as well. Out of political fear, which the Democrats have been successful in instilling in them, our spineless Republican lawmakers have supported the spending that fuels the dependency of the victims.
I close with this the idea that there is a real victim class in America and it is you and me. The title says that victims are required to keep the dream alive and keeping the dream alive especially requires us. We are the ones being robbed and looted of the fruits of our labor to support politicians feeding and keeping their victim base intact. We are losing a dream of our own, the dream of Freedom envisioned by our Founding Fathers, and we are willing victims in this because we do nothing. When will we march and protest? When will our leaders demand that the oppression stop? When will we take our activism to the ballot box? Living free may be the natural state of mankind but staying free requires work - otherwise we willingly relinquish the founding dream of America, Liberty, and in doing so must accept victimhood.