“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 resides in the hearts of the wealthy;
as long as racism resides in the eyes of the working man;
as long as police are allowed to operate above the law;
as long as white supremacists are allowed to rule over us,
it’s just a dream, nothing more, nothing less.
Now the “American Dream” is the real deal,
But it’s 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 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 mannerisms 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.
“We believe that K-12 education should be free from indoctrination and politicization,” the group’s website states. “Radical teachings motivated by a political agenda and deliberately spread by teachers, administrators, school board members, and even state officials have infiltrated schools across the nation.”
Excerpt from At least 165 groups launched campaigns against critical race theory in schools: report
“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’re 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.
“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