We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The 800 lb gorilla in the article was the Democrat party. Why pick out Bull conner or any one individual and ignore that it was the Democrat party from 1865 until the mid 1960's that were the racists repressing blacks.
MLK is like JFK. Because the things they stood for are no longer the things that their respective organizations stand for. If JFK were alive today he would become a Republican. The Democrat party is on a slippery slope towards full throated communism. Just as the NAACP and the civil rights movement have become full throated anti-white racist. If MLK were alive today he would be marching against the black KKK that hides behind his name today.
In the beginning of news coverage, Martin Luther King, Jr., was referred to as "The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr." Somewhere in the line of changing times since, "The Rev." went away, replaced by "Dr. King." It is as though some aspect of higher learning represented by "Dr." became more important than "The Rev." Or more likely, the liberal brethren did not want to be bothered by a preacher.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Nikole Hannah-Jones, on the occasion of Martin Luther King's birthday:
It was in the year 1619 that the first BLACK slave was brought to the shores of this nation. They were brought here from the soils of Africa and unlike the Pilgrim fathers who landed here at Plymouth a year later, they were brought here against their will.
White Americans must recognize that justice for Black people cannot be achieved without radical changes in the structure of our society. The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and racism. The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
The crowning achievement in hypocrisy must go to those staunch Republicans and Democrats of the Midwest and West who were given land by our government when they came here as immigrants from Europe. They were given education through the land grant colleges. What they truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor.
Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. For the good of America, it is necessary to refute the idea that the dominant ideology in our country, even today, is freedom and equality and that racism is just an occasional departure from the norm on the part of a few bigoted extremists.
The step backwards has a new name today, it is called the White backlash, but the White backlash is nothing new. It is the surfacing of old prejudices, hostilities and ambivalences that have always been there. The White backlash of today is rooted in the same problem that has characterized America ever since the Black man landed in chains on the shores of this nation.