Protecting our constitutional rights is the reason given by many different conservative groups today, and for different reasons, but the idea of freedom and rights is strong in all of us, no matter who you are.
Close your eyes and imagine different groups saying that you are not entitled to the rights given to everyone else. They despise you and call you every derogatory name in the book, and they are condescending toward you like you are stupid, while others tell you that you aren’t even human.
To gain their rights as human beings, African Americans, that marched for the civil rights movement, had the courage to stand up against police trying to beat them to death, dogs attacking them, fire hoses trained at them, angry mobs in hooded white robes trying to hang them, bombs placed in their churches, arrests, and murderers of their friends not being convicted and freed from any wrongdoing.
Standing against this abuse and terror, these brave souls marched for their civil rights and they lived all of this, and more.
Imagine what it would be like if you were treated this way while protesting for your rights today.With all of the calls from many whites saying their constitutional rights are being taken away by President Obama, please understand the differences, and why members of the African American community have a right to scoff at your claims, saying that you are clueless to what it means to having your rights withheld from you.
Your politicians, backing your causes, are now making it harder again for them to vote. You treat the first African American President with such disdain, disrespect and hate that it is unbearable to watch, while some of you are also saying that he shouldn’t be the President and impeached.
Laws are passed allowing police to just throw their heads against brick buildings for doing nothing, and search them as if they are criminals.
Can you ever imagine all this happening to you, or your family, and would you fight against those that are helping this continue? Please try to empathize with the tribulations of African Americans along with other minorities, and acknowledge their history and points of view. They have not forgotten those brave people that stood up and marched for their future.
Saying that your constitutional rights are being taken away, while remaining blind to those rights being taken away from other groups is the highest form of hypocrisy.
You will never be trusted until you realize this.
The words of Martin Luther King ring true today as they did then:
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!
But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Let’s hope we never forget them.
—A white southern gentleman that dreams of the solid rock of brotherhood
Listen to Dr. Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech.
- A little history – Martin Luther King (John Cashon’s Musings)
- Half a century later, is this what Martin Luther King dreamed? (mcclatchydc.com)
- Martin Luther King III Talks About the March, His Father (bet.com)
- Richard (RJ) Eskow: Honor Dr. King’s Revolutionary Vision — by Fighting for It (huffingtonpost.com)
- Commentary: The March We Need to Revive the Spirit of 1963 (bet.com)
- 10 Reactions To The End Of NYPD’s Stop and Frisk Policy (listofx.com)
- March to focus on continued fight for civil rights (bostonherald.com)
- March to Focus on Continued Fight for Civil Rights – ABC News (abcnews.go.com)
- March on Washington to focus on civil rights fight (foxnews.com)