- They were both men of incredible faith who served God’s Will throughout their lifetime.
- They had wide appeal to the common man despite opposition by the powers that be.
- They led causes for religious, social, political, and moral change.
- They both led a movement of non-violence.
- They both were martyred for their beliefs.
- Years later, they are both revered by all of mankind.
- Today, the exploitation of them and their causes have spawned huge industries that profit off the twisting of their message.
Put aside the fact that Democrats in 1963 were bitterly opposed to the civil rights movement and fought the Republicans who supported it. The irony that they now stake a claim of ownership to it today is a topic for another article.
The natural progression of that irony is how they are the ones who today own a powerful mega-industry that profits obscenely from the twisted remnants of King’s dream, now reduced to the enterprise of racial agitation.
The marketing of this industry was in full swing in the media on Tuesday, on the 50th Anniversary of Rev. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington DC. Their advertising is free, provided by news outlets across the spectrum from print to radio to TV to online.
The profiteers of the racial agitation industry make their money from book sales, speaking fees, political lobbying and executive salaries from non-profit organizations. Jesse Jackson, President of the Rainbow Push Coalition has a net worth of $10 million. And Al Sharpton, founder of the National Action Network is worth $5 million. Just to name a few of the most recognizable.
They need racial inequalities and tensions to justify their jobs. Solving them is not their goal and not in their best interest.
It seems we can’t have a mention of MLK without the talk turning to Trayvon Martin or how the civil rights movement is moving backwards. In other words: Remain angry. Whites are evil. Never forgive or forget. You are victims. You deserve retribution. There is no hope for you without us helping you.
At least Christmas is only exploited a couple of months per year. Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement are exploited without reprieve year-round. The profiteers had their Christmas on August 28.
They should take to heart the commemorative speech of President Obama, which, although he doesn’t act in accord with his rhetoric, I still credit him for the words of his ingenious speechwriter.
Obama said, “To dismiss the magnitude of this progress, to suggest as sometimes some do that little has changed, that dishonors the courage and sacrifice of those who paid the price to march in those years....
“If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit during the course of 50 years, there were times when some of us claiming to push for change lost our way....Legitimate grievances against police brutality tipped into excuse-making for criminal behavior.....The transformative message of unity and brotherhood was drowned out by the language of recrimination.....As if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child. As if the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself. All of that history was how progress stalled. It was how hope was diverted. It’s how our country was divided...
“When we turn not on each other but towards each other and we find we do not walk alone, that’s where courage comes from.” Of course he continues on from there to push his political agenda of living wage, gun control, gay marriage, illegal immigration, Common Core, abolishment of the death penalty, and the weakening of voting integrity, but what can one expect from a politician?