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Obama's ascent is King's legacy
Obama Is Not The Answer To King's Dream
By David Truskoff
31 August, 2008
I was appalled at the staged attempt by the Democrats to link the
anniversary of the August 28, 1963. Speech given by Dr. Martin Luther
King to the nomination of Obama. The message was, King's Dream has
been answered." CNBC and other major media outlets joined in the charade.
On that very hot August day in 1963 I sat in front of the Lincoln
memorial and listened to King enthrall the marchers who were full of
optimism. The one line that stands out in the great speech was, " 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. " He used the phrase "one day"
very often, that day has not yet arrived. We know very little of
Obama's character. We do know that he is a driven politician like
many others the difference being only that he has a black Face.
June 16, 1966, when the Freedom marchers arrived in Greenwood,
Mississippi, The violence took another turn. I was almost run over by
a car that screeched through the marchers with a swastika banner on
its side. Rocks and bottles greeted the speakers and Carmichael was
arrested. Yes, it was the same town that three civil rights workers
disappeared from and were later found murdered. It was after
Carmichael's release when he made his "Black Power" Speech that was
to divide the Civil Rights Movement forever. From that day on the
march was a two-week debate on tactics. It intensified when the tear
gas and clubs greeted us in Canton Mississippi.
There were those who said we can register all the voters in
Mississippi, but they will not have anyone to vote for. The two
parties are both controlled. In answer to that The Mississippi
Freedom Democratic Party was by far the most important achievement of
the march. It created the momentum for the election of many black
office holders in the north and south.
Carmichael was absolutely right when he said in a speech delivered
October 1966, in Berkeley, CA
"It's a privilege and an honor to be in the white intellectual ghetto
of the West. We wanted to do a couple of things before we started.
The first is that, based on the fact that SNCC, through the
articulation of its program by its chairman, has been able to win
elections in Georgia, Alabama, Maryland, and by our appearance here
will win an election in California, in 1968 I'm going to run for
President of the United States. I just can't make it, 'cause I wasn't
born in the United States. That's the only thing holding me back."
Yes there was great optimism and many political victories were
achieved or so many liberals thought.
The frustration began when blacks and liberal whites realized they
had been taken down the garden path. Very rarely did a black
administration improve the lot of the city dwellers. The white
chamber of commerce and the corporations they represented saw to
that. . Cities like Chicago and Detroit (where the Black mayor is
under arrest) deteriorated in the slums where murder and mayhem
became daily fare. In Hartford Connecticut we had two black mayors
and today we have a Hispanic and we have a black police chief.
In the sixties I ran inner city overnight work camps for city kids.
Today I would not venture out in the streets of Hartford. We see the
reports of the daily shootings and killings on the morning news.
No King's ONE DAY has not arrived. I said we had a two-week debate
during the Mississippi March about tactics. The militants referred to
the black preachers and the few black elected officials as, "Oreos"
(The famous American cookie that is black on the outside and white on
From what I have learned about Obama he is an Oreo and he will do no
more for America than black mayors have done for our cities.
Shortly before he died Martin Luther King made this important
statement that all liberals must think about today. King said, "it is
one thing to throw a coin to a beggar. It is another to address the
edifice that creates beggars"
Corporate America knows that in one more decade the so-called
minority will be the majority and we will be a nation of over four
million people. They need a black face to be in their control. They
spent hundreds of millions to protect themselves and keep control of
With the two party system in a shambles and both controlled by the
fundraisers, we as liberal Americans have no way left to "Address the
edifice" except in the streets. I know that is coming. I fear for our
Realists have to prepare for that and develop leadership that will
help avoid the violence that is sure to come.
David Truskoff author WHAT THE HELL IS A LIBERAL'
Obama's ascent is King's legacy
August 29, 2008
It was another time.
It was Aug. 28, 1963, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s time as he
delivered the most profound speech of his life.
He had a dream.
He shared it with thousands upon thousands upon thousands from the
steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the nation's capital.
"Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado," he said.
Thursday, near those same mountains, Barack Obama, at age 47,
realized much of the late civil rights leader's dream, as well as his
own, by officially becoming the first minority to earn the bid for
this land's highest office.
Here, the black community rejoiced.
Hundreds gathered at MLK Park, where Kenneth Capel re-enacted King's
"I Have A Dream" speech.
Across town, at MarketFair Mall, Stephon Ferguson breathed life into
King's speech, which is revered by so many, no matter the color of their skin.
'I have a dream'
"I remember 45 years ago as a teenager," said Dr. Allen S.
McLauchlin, 60, pastor at New Life Bible Church. "We didn't know
quite what it was, but we knew something was going on."
King called for social justice.
He called for non-violence.
He called for the end of racial oppression, where blacks once were
relegated to the back seats of public buses and water fountains
scrawled with "Colored." They were, as a respected black man said on
WIDU radio's "Wake Up" broadcast this week, "harassed by day and
hunted by night" by bigots shrouded in white capes and pointed hoods.
"If you are black," Billy King, a county commissioner, says, "you
will never forget Dr. King's speech. We cannot forget the message. We
must teach our children the dream and our children's children the dream."
Martin Luther King died in 1968.
His life was taken at age 39 by an assassin's bullet as King stood on
the second-floor balcony of a downtown motel in Memphis, Tenn.
Forty years later, he is remembered and honored as the father of the
African-American civil rights peace movement.
Monuments stand in his memory.
Highways and streets, too.
A national holiday pays homage to his legacy.
'A long way'
"We have a ways to go," Ferguson, 40, said before reciting part of
King's speech in front of about 250 people.
"But the fact that we have nominated an African-American tells the
nation we've come a long way."
The journey has led to Barack Obama, born to a black Kenyan father
and a white mother, running on the Democratic ticket for president of
the United States.
"My dream is to see Barack Obama become president," says Electa
Person, who 40 years ago was living in Washington when King gave his
speech. "I think he is the right person. Some think he doesn't have
the experience, but I think you get on-the-job training. He's
intelligent. He's smart. We need a change."
Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, male or female, black or
white or brown, like it or not, Barack Obama's time has come.
Only John McCain stands in his way.
Martin Luther King Jr. said it 45 years ago.
"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," his
words still resonate, "but by the content of their character."
Bill Kirby can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 323-4848, ext. 486.