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The Dream is No More

From American Thinker
August 28, 2013 | By Steve McCann

Artwork by Hafeez Raji

It was an overcast, albeit relatively mild August day by Washington D.C. standards, fifty years ago today, as I joined the thousands walking along Constitution Avenue toward the Lincoln Memorial.  Many of those in the crowd who had traveled vast distances by busses and cars from all over the nation, but in particular the deep South, had a look of apprehension bordering on fear, not knowing what to expect from the police and those vehemently opposed to unfettered civil rights.  Despite the trepidation and regardless of skin color, nationality or faith all were determined to compel the nation to listen to their voices.   Little did those of us there understand or appreciate that the 28th day of August 1963 would be historic not only because of the electrifying oration delivered by Martin Luther King but that this singular event would mark the beginning of the end of institutional discrimination and racism in the United States.

I immigrated to America in 1952.  At that time this was a segregated country.  Discrimination based on race was something I could not understand nor had ever experienced.  I lived, once adopted, in a quiet quasi-southern town where I saw firsthand the invidious nature of rank bigotry and racism.  My adoptive father managed two movie theatres, one in the white part of town and one in the black.  Not long after I joined the family he took me to his office at the whites-only theatre and then to the black theatre.  The makeup of the audiences was in stark contrast and I asked, in my broken English, why.  My father replied: “That is just the way it is.”  Not satisfied with his answer I asked why the dark skinned people live on one side of the river and the whites on the other, he said: “That’s the way it is in this country, people prefer to live with their own races and not mix, besides it’s the law.”   I replied by stating I thought that was wrong.

I had never viewed or perceived the nature of a person by their skin color.  While still in Europe after the War and living on the streets of a completely destroyed city, I was often given food and treated kindly by the black soldiers.  I did not view them as being different because of their skin color nor did they view me differently because of mine.  Race relations within the United States was something I could never accept.

The issue of civil rights remained at the forefront of my consciousness and on that summer day in August of 1963, while attending Catholic University in Washington D.C., I was one of 200,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial to hear Martin Luther King deliver his “I have a Dream” speech.  Over the next five years I participated in voter registration drives, demonstrations, and marches to once and for all put an end to the stain on the American character.

I have, over the years, watched with some degree of pride and accomplishment as doors were opened, barriers torn down, attitudes changed and equality become a growing reality.  However on this, the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, the dream that we all had for the nation on that day in August is evolving into a nightmare not only for the vast majority of Black America but for the nation as a whole.

As with all human endeavors, there have been failures of good intentions.  Among the mistakes made was the passage of massive government welfare programs which had the unintended consequence of creating a vast segment of the black population dependent on the largess, consequently destroying the foundation of the family and diminishing the ambition to succeed by one’s own effort.

However, the most insidious aspect of all, and one that never occurred to us, was the exploitation of the racial past by those both black and white in order to further their political aims or to amass greater wealth.  These purveyors of dissension have deliberately and ceaselessly set out to keep open the wounds of past discrimination and not allow them to heal.

For decades, unscrupulous black leaders have been able to extort money and political power through the tactic of yelling racism whenever an unpleasant incident involved white and black citizens, whether there was racism at play was immaterial.  As the charge of racism has been the greatest societal pejorative since the 1960’s, most people simply cowered and tacitly admitted guilt allowing the accusation to stand, thus opening the door for the so-called civil rights leaders to repeatedly tell the black population that the reason for the poverty and despair in the inner cities was due solely to never-ending white racism.

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One response to “The Dream is No More

  1. AKA John Galt 2013-08-28 at 2:32 pm

    Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.


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