⭐ Martin Luther King Day⭐ Open Thread

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Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and social activist who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Inspired by advocates of nonviolence such as Mahatma Gandhi, King sought equality for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice through peaceful protest.

He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.

You have to wonder what Doctor King would have thought of the mindless ranting and violence from BLM. What would he have thought of a charlatan like Al Sharpton speaking for the Black community?

Doctor King’s own words say he was not and never could have been of the same mindset as those named above.

Doctor King was first of all a man of God. The Sharpton’s and the BLM liars are NOT people of God. They will of course, as all evil people do, co-opt the good works and good will and good name of men of peace and love like Doctor King. They will convince the ignorant and those determined to see themselves as victims that their way is Doctor King’s way. It is not. It never could be.

Doctor King was about love – they are about hate. In his time and in death those that hated him lost. Because he defeated them with his message of love and peace. Now those that preach hate think to use him for their own purposes.

We can be sure that Doctor King would have been delighted at the election of a black man to the Presidency of the United States of America. This was a sign of a racial healing that he had wanted for us all.

Sadly the man elected wasn’t up to the quality of a Doctor King. Few are – but this man fell so far short that he should be a disappointment for all who hoped to see racial hatred diminished. Diminished until it was nothing more that a small voice in our society. A small evil voice dismissed by all people, of all races, as a soul sickness.

Alas that was not to be. People who speak truth know that the first black president, a man who had a chance to finish much of what Doctor King was not able to do, failed. Failed Miserably because he was neither of the quality or decency of MLK.

Doctor King was a giant among men. Barack Obama is a mediocrity who leaves office with the race problem worse than when he was first elected 8 long years ago. As for the black community that pinned their hopes and their votes on Obama?

Obama’s  Fake Legacy: Progress in the Black Community 

“Snake-oil salesman” is the stinging label Princeton’s African-American studies chair, Eddie S. Glaude Jr.—who happens to be black—gives President Obama as he leaves the White House. Because Obama betrayed blacks.

Millions of white men and women voted for Barack Obama, a biracial president, in hopes that he would unite our country. Millions of black men and women voted for Obama hoping he would help them forsake disparate levels of poverty; teen pregnancy; single motherhood; absent fatherhood; and violent crime. Whites’ and blacks’ hopes were historic.

Turns out Obama’s dual presidency was historic. Historically bad.

Only wealthy whites and Asians notably improved their quality of life during Obama’s eight-year reign. On economic and social levels—American blacks slid the furthest. Even reality-denying Slate now bemoans a “rising” tide of “racial discontent” in America.

Today, our nation celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.—a man to whom Obama often compared himself in his own quest for power. In 2007, candidate Obama announced his run for the presidency by invoking “King’s call to let justice roll down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream. …it is time for our generation to answer that call.”

http://townhall.com/columnists/katiekieffer/2017/01/16/obama-failed-the-black-community-n2272039

“For the first time, there are more poor African-American children than white children,” Glaude Jr. recently told TIME. “What’s startling about that is that there are three times as many white children in America as black children.” Indeed, according to Pew Research Center’s July, 2015 report—for the first time since the federal government began collecting data—almost four times more black children live in poverty (38.3 percent) than white children (10.7 percent).

 

The hatred that led to the assassination of Doctor King gave his words and thoughts a pulpit bigger and louder than anything he achieved in life. The assassin with his foul deed gave Martin Luther King a place in our hearts and in our history that can never be stilled – can never be stilled.

Martin Luther King’s words of love and hope and decency prevailed among people of good will. His words gave his people and all people something to aspire to and for.  Sadly some will never learn that lesson. Some, because of their own failings can never learn what he so eloquently said.

It is easier to hate than love – but the destruction of the soul is the is the end result.

I end this with some more of Doctor King’s words, they are always worth repeating.

“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”  ~ Martin Luther King  

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”  ~ Martin Luther King  

“The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.”  ~  Martin Luther King  

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”  ~ Martin Luther King  

 Amen Doctor King, amen.

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17 Responses to “⭐ Martin Luther King Day⭐ Open Thread”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Thanks so much for this beautiful tribute to the Rev. Dr. King. His words speak volumes, don’t they?

    I was surprised to learn today something I did not know abt King. I wish I could say it was favorable, but it is not. Turns out King was opposed to free-market capitalism and was a Socialist. Sigh. REALLY?? Wow. But that is what this Federalist article points out: http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/16/turning-martin-luther-king-jr-anti-america-revolutionary-diminishes-power

    But the author also points out that the King from his later years pushed by many in the Black Community, like my former Seminary professor, Cornel West, is by no means the totality of who King was. Further, the author suggests that to try and revise history to fit their agenda using King is an offense.

    It was a good, though disturbing, article. Eye-opening, I have to say.

    I know King was not perfect – he was a man, after all. And there is always a danger in ascribing sainthood to people because, well, we’re people. Very, very few of us will ever reach that pinnacle. But that does not take away from the very good, and powerful, legacy Dr. King demonstrated in his peaceful stands for justice. I hope that legacy will live on…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I read that article this morning after I did the MLK post. I too was disturbed, and saddened, to find that Doctor King did not stick to his message. But he, like the rest of us, was only human and he was sorely tested. He may have faltered but I don’t think he fell.

      The message is bigger than the man IMO and it was a wonderful message.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I thought the article made that point well, that his later message was but a small part of who he was.

        He was a man, but a man with a vision who opened the eyes of many, and for that, his life should be celebrated…

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  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Ben Shapiro had another great article in today’s Daily Wire: http://www.dailywire.com/news/12445/usa-today-white-people-shot-mlk-white-people-wtf-ben-shapiro

    Shapiro rightly pointed out that MANY white people stood with Dr. King, and some died for that, too. “WTF,” indeed, USA Today…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I love the way Shapiro writes and thinks. I listen to all his podcasts and although I don’t always agree he makes his points well. He, unlike many of the #NeverTrump people that cannot let go of the hate has moved on and praises Trump when he deserves it and slams him when he isn’t. That is, IMO, integrity.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I agree – it does speak to his integrity.

        This piece was so good in highlighting the message of King – character over color of skin, and LOVE. Too many have corrupted that message…

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  5. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    There is something seriously wrong with people: http://therightscoop.com/trumps-name-removed-from-church-prayers-to-keep-from-traumatizing-liberals

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Democrats cited the FBI for not releasing the Donald Trump kinky sex allegations during the campaign, which John McCain gave to the agency. They say it could have changed everything had everyone heard the details. Trump might have carried both California AND New York.

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Excellent piece abt those who are boycotting the Inauguration. This part citing the words of George Washington is particularly important:

    “Our Founding Fathers knew what a pernicious influence rank partisanship could be on the fledgling republic. In his farewell address, George Washington warned against what he called “the spirit of party,” and urged his countrymen to “discourage and restrain it.” Such a spirit, he said, “agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.”

    Beyond these, there’s another grave danger Washington saw in the spirit of party—one that should resonate with us after an election in which Trump himself admits Russia tried to meddle: “It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which find a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passion.”

    http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/17/inauguration-boycotts-harm-country-no-matter-president

  8. jamielovestoread Says:

    Beautifully said, I loved your article, my question to you is how come it is a problem of partisan politics with these liberals, how come they are about putting their self-interests ahead of the American people? They always quote Dr. Martin Luther King but they don’t realize his “TRUE” message. If he were around today he would say we have failed to bring unity to this country. Any thoughts?

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