“I have a dream, that my children will one day,
live in a nation, where they will not be judged,
by the color of their skin, but by their character.”
But as long as bigotry exists in the hearts of the wealthy;
as long as racism—is in the eyes of the affluent;
as long as police unions operate above the law;
as long as white supremacists rule over us,
it’s just a dream, nothing more, nothing less.
The American dream is not for everyone,
it’s just for the elite,
so do us all a favor and get over it!
By: ElRoyPoet © 2021
Commentary: MLK’s “I have a Dream” speech was inspired, no doubt about it! However, advocates for BLM have given up on his dream, because they perceive that no real progress has been made since the civil and voting rights laws of 1964 and 1965 were enacted. And to make matters worst, patriots are now claiming that CRT is a movement that will divide their country, when everybody knows that it was really trump who instigated all this divisive rhetoric. Now the christian nationalists are following suit, because they’re afraid it will also destroy their religion, even though the law plainly reads that church and state are to be separate. It seems to me, that we wouldn’t be having this controversy in the USA, if the contemptible republicans wouldn’t still be trying to cancel these enshrined acts—that 3 great American democrats (MLK, JFK and RFK) were martyred for.
Why intolerance leads to polarization and then to the end of civility. Since we’re all social creatures, we take cues from our surroundings. Our brains become frustrated when those around us aren’t friendly to our cause. Consequently, we become agitated when we encounter opposition. Since the beginning of time, these defense mechanisms have been hard wired into our bodies for our self-preservation—if we’re confronted, we either fight or take flight. However, we can‘t run away from every hostile environment. Sooner or later our brains will have to learn more efficient ways to stand up for our beliefs. Besides, even if fleeing from trouble works most of the time, we will eventually become fatigued and what are we going to do when we’re backed up into a corner?
Political warfare dictates, that the oppressed man’s chances of survival are better if he takes the first strike. And eventually he decides, that in order to overcome, it’s better to pursue his enemies before they become too powerful. So he resorts to covert tactics, such as profiling and discrimination. It’s not that he doesn’t aspire to be a good neighbor. It’s just that if he picks up any unfriendly cues, his brain defaults to hate, out of fear that he will lose something that’s precious to him. If he perceives a threat approaching, he transitions into patriotic mode and starts plotting on how to protect the homeland—before he is conquered.
“Now let us be sure that we will have to keep the pressure alive. We’ve never made any gain in civil rights without constant, persistent, legal and non-violent pressure. Don’t let anybody make you feel that the problem will work itself out… For those who are telling me to keep my mouth shut, I can’t do that… I’m not going to segregate my moral concerns. And we must know on some positions, cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” Vanity asks the question, “Is it popular?” But conscience asks the question, “Is it right?” And there are times when you must take a stand that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but you must do it because it is right.”
Quotes by: Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and a leader of the American civil-rights movement. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for employing non-violent civil disobedience to advance racial equality.
“To be in denial only benefits the oppressor […] Blacks must remove the shackles of mental enslavement themselves; otherwise, mental liberation will NEVER become a reality. Slavery is never abolished it is transformed, only the slave can destroy slavery. You cannot destroy slavery by becoming a part of your slave master’s culture incubator.” Excerpt from Black America Has Been Programmed to be its Own Worst Enemy. (In other words, if you assimilate, you are grafted into your new master’s culture, but if you resist, you’re obliged to return to your previous sovereign state where you must dominate to make the rules!)
“It would twist the minds of men, as greed and self-reverence eclipsed human conscience and allowed the conquering men to take land and human bodies that they convinced themselves they had a right to. If they were to convert this wilderness and civilize it to their liking, they decided, they would need to conquer, enslave or remove the people already on it, and transport those they deemed lesser beings in order to tame and work the land to extract the wealth that lay in the rich soil and shorelines.
To justify their plans, they took pre-existing notions of their own centrality, reinforced by their self-interested interpretation of the Bible, and created a hierarchy of who could do what, who could own what, who was on top and who was on the bottom and who was in between. There emerged a ladder of humanity, global in nature, as the upper-rung people would descend from Europe, with rungs inside that designation – the English Protestants at the very top, as their guns and resources would ultimately prevail in the bloody fight for North America. Everyone else would rank in descending order, on the basis of their proximity to those deemed most superior. The ranking would continue downward until one arrived at the very bottom: African captives transported in order to build the New World and to serve the victors for all their days, one generation after the next, for 12 generations.
There developed a caste system, based upon what people looked like—an internalized ranking, unspoken, unnamed and unacknowledged by everyday citizens even as they go about their lives adhering to it and acting upon it subconsciously, to this day. Just as the studs and joists and beams that form the infrastructure of a building are not visible to those who live in it, so it is with caste. Its very invisibility is what gives it power and longevity. And though it may move in and out of consciousness, though it may flare and reassert itself in times of upheaval and recede in times of relative calm, it is an ever-present through-line in the country’s operation.” Excerpt from America’s ‘untouchables’: the silent power of the caste system
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” By: Martin Luther King
“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first.” By: Charles de Gaulle
“The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not enough for everyone’s greed.” By: Mahatma Gandhi
“Ignorance breeds fear. We fear those things we don’t understand. If we don’t put a lid on that fear and keep that fear in check, that fear in turn will breed hatred because we hate those things that frighten us. “If we don’t keep that hatred in check, that hatred in turn will breed destruction.” By: Daryl Davis
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You are absolutely correct in everything you have said here. The sad part is that no matter how many discussions are held, no matter how many laws are passed, nothing is ever going to change. Appearances may change but reality will never change. America was built on bigotry, America is run on bigotry and America will always be bigoted and prejudicial in one form or another … either outwardly in the light or hidden in dark places. People who have been led to believe that progress has been made in these areas are deceiving themselves. One of the most horrible stories I ever heard about Emancipation was the story that when American Black People were supposedly freed back in the late 1800s, they discovered that they had to work as share croppers and give a large portion of what they grew to the property owners. This in itself was a form of slavery and people who got caught in it weren’t free at all. All the Jim Crow stuff is still alive and well in America .. it has just changed form in most instances.