Fifty years ago this week, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave one of the most famous and moving speeches in American history. The speech, delivered on the Mall in Washington, DC, is known as the "I have a dream" speech and included these, possibly the most quoted sections:
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."
"I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; that one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."
This week in Washington, a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's memorable speech was held. I had a dream that the speakers would be scheduled not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
WRONG!! On both counts!
The speakers included a diverse group including whites, blacks, members of Congress, former Presidents, political activists all united by one common thread, one great unifying trait-
(Commitment to equality, you might speculate? Au contraire mon ami.)
The unifying trait all the speakers shared was that they were all.... (drum roll, please)...
Oh I'm shocked! How could this happen? Well, to be fair, both Presidents Bush were invited and declined for health reasons, and W issued a statement praising Dr. King's legacy. However, the list of speakers resembles a who's who of lefties (most conspicuously Al Sharpton, race-hustler extraordinaire).
I wonder if the organizers of the celebration couldn't come up with any other speakers to inject a little diversity into this event? I have a couple suggestions:
Dr. Ben Carson- retired pediatric neurosurgeon and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient.
Tim Scott- Republican, South Carolina the only African-American member of the United States Senate.
Clarence Thomas- Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court and the only African American on the court.
Worthy candidates for a speaking segment considering the incredible achievements each has attained in his lifetime wouldn't you agree? Throw in Condoleezza Rice and you have four Americans whose levels of success are spectacular and eclipse all the speakers scheduled with the possible exception of the President himself, the ex-Presidents and Oprah Winfrey.
I can only speculate on the reasons for their exclusion but the fact that they are all conservative is number one on my list. Apparently organizers of the celebration felt the need to exclude any who disagree with their particular ideology- not surprising since they have specialized in hurling vitriol and viciousness at black conservative voices for as long as I can remember.
I have a dream myself. I dream of the day when issues can be discussed without name calling. I dream of the day when facts dominate the discussions not invective. I dream of the day when a black conservative can speak at a university without being called an Uncle Tom by those on the left. I dream of the day when conservative African-Americans can serve on the US Supreme Court without a Liberal commentator wishing his wife would feed him "lots of eggs and butter so he dies early like many black men do."
I believe my dream is less of a perversion of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s than the nightmare liberals have made of racial politics in the 21st century. I believe my dream is very close to the concept of judging by the content of a person's character. I believe the liberals constant use of invective to those with whom they disagree is the modern day equivalent of Bull Conner unleashing dogs and firehoses (verbal, at least so far) in an attempt to keep a certain group silent.