I really dislike getting into conversations over MLK Jr. at times. What most people do not get is:
MLK Jr. was around in a different time and different era. We CAN NOT look at MLK Jr. with eyes from our present time, because then we get things a little screwed up. MLK Jr. was neither Republican or Democrat. He worked with both sides of the fence at times.
If you read his words, some of his thinking would sound down right socialist or even communist today. BUT…. at the time it was something that was needed! He was fighting a battle for equality and things were very different then. He lived during a time where Blacks were seen to be inferior, but he knew that they were not.
The Democrats and Republicans were fighting over who would get the Black Vote and the Democrats played a better game and won. The Nation of Idiots were on the rise and the Communist Party had infiltrated the Black Community as well. EVERYONE was fighting over who would have the Black Communities confidence at that time.
I keep hearing that MLK Jr. is a Conservative. Well I have news for you, most Blacks and Hispanics from that era (and many from this era) are CONSERVATIVE, but yet they are still DEMOCRATS! They believe in tradition, God, good morals, family values, self-respect, self-reliance, self-responsibility, staying in school, and much more!
The Democrats have won the Minority war because they can show “good works” in within the Minority Communities, regardless of their intentions behind them. If you are looking for help with food, housing, bills, and such; most often those are Democrat ran organizations where you will find the help that you need. That is something that is very hard to compete with if you can not show others that you are thinking in their best interests.
MLK Jr. worked with Planned Parenthood during his era. Is Planned Parenthood a good organization? NO! It’s objective was to eradicate an entire Minority population and today it still is. But, at the time Blacks could not get Health care anywhere else, and Planned Parenthood (a Democrat ran organization) was one of the few organizations that offered these services. He did what he thought was best for his people at the time as they did need Health care as a means of survival.
If we are to win the war for Minorities, we are going to have to step up our game. We are going to have to put our money where our mouth is, start coming up with things that will help people to get on their feet, and educate them so they are able to stay on their feet. Throwing money at the problem can be a good thing a times, but it is not the only thing either. People are going to have to get off their behinds, get out in their communities, and put in some work as well!
Starting organizations within the Minority Communities that are Republican ran would be a good place to start to gain some trust. Republicans are most often scared to go into Minority Communities, and that is never a good thing. It promotes more separation between Minorities and the Republican Party. You may get offending by my next statement, but it has to be said. “White Republicans and Conservatives are going to have to get over their fears of going into the Minority Communities!”. It can’t be just us Minority Republicans and Conservatives going into these Communities!
When it is just the Minority Republicans and Conservatives working within the Minority Communities, it gives the Left the ammunition to say that we are being used by the Right. Something like this has to be a team effort by the ENTIRE Party if it is going to be successful. If you want to show someone you care about their well-being, you have to be able to show your face and let them know you are there! That is Marketing 101 folks! Minority Republicans and Conservatives can get you in the door, but we can’t do all of the work for you.
Little things like making Republican Functions more affordable for everyone, can go a long way. The idea of having to pay $80.00 to $200.00 (depending on if you are bringing a spouse or not) just to attend a Republican Lincoln Dinner or MLK Celebration is absolutely absurd! It says to Minorities “we’re celebrating how far Minorities have come as a ritual, but we really don’t want you here with us”. Asking for lower donation amounts would be a good thing as well. The idea of “all Republicans are rich” is killing the Republican Party in a big way when it comes to Minorities and those are just a few ideas.
I will end this with a quote from MLK Jr.:
“Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul”
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
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I recently made a posting on my Facebook Page after being on a feed with Pastors and other various “religious” people. The feed I participated in for a moment really disturbed me, as it ended up getting very ugly for a religious conversation. Here is the posting I made on my page afterwards:
“Note To Self (My 1 a.m. can’t sleep because I’m GRUMPY thought):
“Stay off of Religious Folks and Pastor’s Facebook Pages. Nothing good comes from being on them, as they all seem to be in competition with each other to prove who is more “religious”, who knows the word of God and can interpret it better, who’s house is cleaner, and who is better than who; which then turns into everyone looking like hypocritical, snobbish, know-it-all, rude, uneducated, unfriendly, asshats who only care about making others feel bad in order to promote their own self-worth and self-esteem.”
SHEESH! No wonder I stopped going to church and just study the Bible at home on my own! Did it ever occur to any of these people that:
This is why we have so many different denominations of Christianity, different Religions, and various Cults popping up everywhere??? (Because people think they know the Bible better and they can have a bigger better church) Or that maybe it’s why many people have stopped going to church at all and morals are being lost in this country? Or why some folks don’t believe in God at all?? (Because man keeps screwing the Bible up with their own agendas and attitudes)
MYLANTA!!! People have got to get it together and stop being so RUDE with their HOLIER THAN THOU attitudes!!! That is not the way to draw others to following God’s word or the Bible!
I have always been a very Spiritual person with Christian views and ideology, as I was raised in and grew up in the Church; BUT when “man” puts their own spin, attitude, and agenda on Religion it makes it very hard to want to attend a Church and be apart of a Congregation these days. People have become very snobbish, rude, and condescending when it comes to Religion! Often Hardcore Religious people come off as being very judgemental, holier than thou, and very arrogant when dealing with others. I think everyone is intelligent enough to know that no one is perfect but when you portray yourself to be by putting others down solely based on your personal religious views wouldn’t that be a bit hypocritical and against the teachings of the religion you claim to know and follow?
I was raised and grew up in the church thus, I have always been a very spiritual person with strong Christian ideology. Therefore when man puts their own attitude, interpretation and agenda on religion it makes it very hard to want to attend a church and be a part of a congregation these days. There is an attitude among some of the people who attend church regularly and feel “holier than thou”. They come across as being very snobbish, rude and condescending when discussing religion! These “self-sanctimonious” persons are very judgemental, and arrogant in dealings with others. I believe that everyone is intelligent enough to know that not one is perfect and especially when if you call yourself a Christian. So when you portray yourself to be ‘perfect’ by attitude and putting others down based solely upon your personal religious viewpoint, isn’t that a bit hypocritical and blasphemous in regards to the teachings of the Holy Bible that they claim to know and follow so much more diligently and expertly than anyone else?
Because social media is so one-dimensional, meaning it’s difficult at times to detect a person’s tone and infliction on a statement, people at times type statements that can be misinterpreted very easily through a computer screen. Television shows such as Preachers of LA glamorizes being a pastor in ways that are not typical of what is regarded as “Christian-like” behavior. Shows like that are also contributing to the promotion of mediocrity in our society as well as the downfall of religion, it doesn’t help the religious sector when priests, pastors and other ecclesiastic figures are being caught having adulterous relationships, out-of-wedlock children, molestation, theft from the church, and other various crimes that are not Christian behaviour.
It also doesn’t help any when you can walk into a Church and see the income levels of a Congregation from the front to the back! That doesn’t make one feel very welcomed either! Some folks know what I’m talking about here! I mean big hats and fancy designer clothes in the front, Target and Walmart attire towards the middle, and Thrift Store and Hand-Me-Downs in the back! Another example would be when the Pastor has more gold in his mouth, on his fingers and around his neck, than the cross and drive a Lexus, Rolls Royce, Mercedes, or other expensive vehicle all paid for via their congregation and tides.
Religion was NOT established for people to utilize as a tool to promote themselves and their ego’s, make themselves feel better by stepping on others, or get rich! If you are a religious person you know that the purpose of the 10 Commandments was to serve as a moral guide for living, build good relationships with each other based on love and mutual respect, and to love, honor and obey God. So how exactly does a Christian fighting another Christian play into to the Bible and it’s teachings? How does acting more superior and proving who is more religious accomplish any of the Lords lessons? Shouldn’t you be making sure your own house is perfectly clean before you go and try to clean someone else’s?
The Pew Research Center has done research on religion and the trends going on with people in the United States as far as being religious goes in their lives called the Religion & Public Life Project. Their studies show a rise in the American public that doesn’t identify with any particular religion and the various reasons why people choose not to affiliate with a church . Gallop did their own poll and found that less than 20% of Americans attend church regularly. And ChurchLeaders.com also ran a story called 7 Startling Facts: An Up Close Look at Church Attendance in America echoing some of the same results.
If you have the inclination to actually ask people yourselves, you will find out that the answers as to why they don’t are similar. Some will say they just don’t have time, some will say they just don’t believe in organized religion, some will say they don’t have the money, and others will say that they don’t believe in religion or God at all. In the end when you break it all down you will find the underlying cause though. They feel uncomfortable, they don’t want to be judged, and they don’t feel like they are worthy enough to be there due to the bad attitudes put on full display by church members and comments that people claiming to be Christian make.
So I ask you:
Don’t you think we should put a better face on the Christian Religion in our country if we are to gain any ground here? I do believe the old saying ‘You catch more flies with honey than vinegar’ would apply here! I mean really? Would Jesus have a front pew seat, big hat, a fancy car, gold accessories, a mansion, and a bad “push more people away” attitude?
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