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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Today we look back and remember the Birmingham Church Bombing that occurred at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15,1963. The three-story all Black Church, had been a rallying point for the Civil Rights Movement which made it a prime target for the Ku Klux Klan. The church was used as a meeting-place for civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph David Abernathy and Fred Shuttlesworth. Birmingham was a hot bed for violence during the Civil Rights Era. In fact the city had been dubbed with the nickname Bombingham as the city had experienced more than 50 bombings in black institutions and homes since World War I.
Four young girls were killed in the racial attack that took place on that Sunday before Church services, and twenty-two others were injured.
Russel Goldman sites in his article for ABC News:
At a memorial service for the girls, three days after the blast, Martin Luther King Jr., said, “These children — unoffending, innocent, and beautiful — were the victims of one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity.”
A time-line and pictures of the event can be found on CNN U.S.. As stated on Wikipedia “In the early morning of Sunday, September 15, 1963, Bobby Frank Cherry, Thomas Blanton,Herman Frank Cash, and Robert Chambliss, members of United Klans of America, a Ku Klux Klan group, planted a box of dynamite with a time delay under the steps of the church, near the basement. At about 10:22 a.m., twenty-six children were walking into the basement assembly room to prepare for the sermon entitled “The Love That Forgives,” when the bomb exploded.”.
Robert Chambliss, Thomas E. Blanton Jr, Herman Cash, and Bobby Frank Cherry were the men accused of perpetrating the heinous attack. All four were members of the Klan. Although an investigation of the bombing was opened at the time of the event, due to the racial era, not much was done and the case was dropped. Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley reopened the investigation in 1971. He said it took him half a decade to bring charges against suspect Robert Chambliss, because the FBI refused to cooperate for years. The case was then closed again, but then re-opened in 1996 by the FBI due to receiving new evidence.
Chambliss went on trial for murder in 1977. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, in which he actually only served 8 years. He died in 1985, at age 81 in Alabama. Blanton was tried in 2001 and found guilty at age 62 of four counts of murder and sentenced to life in prison. Cash died in 1994 and was never charged in the case. Cherry was scheduled for trial in April of 2001, but his attorneys argued that he was unfit to stand trial due to being too physically and mentally infirm to stand trial. Circuit Court Judge James Garrett indefinitely postponed proceedings against him. In January 2002, Garrett reversed his earlier ruling and declared Cherry competent to stand trial. He later was sentenced to life in prison and died there in 2004.
On Tuesday, the four girls were posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, a rare honor that requires an act of both houses of Congress. The ceremony came five days before the 50th anniversary of their deaths inside the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham. The medal will be kept at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. The Washington Post reports that the language in the legislation specifically recognized how the children’s deaths marked a turning point in the years-long fight for equal rights for the nation’s African American citizens.
It is very important that we remember history, learn from it and continue to move onward! The Civil Rights Movement and heinous events such as this bombing are apart of the Black Communities History as well as American History. Our nation has come a very long way since then, but have we come far enough? Is there still racism in this country? Yes! Is it as bad as the past, NO! We must however continue to improve on race relations in this country if we are to continue to be the great nation that we are. The only way to do that is to acknowledge our history as a nation (not run from it), as it shows us the way to becoming one great nation instead of a house divided by race and color.
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