On this day in 1963, a Christian Republican gave a great American speech calling for freedom and individual liberty. He said, among other things, this…
As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “for whites only.” We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no we are not satisfied and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
How much of what King called for in this paragraph has been accomplished? All of it? I would say so.
Yet the race hustlers are not satisfied. In a sad shadow of the former movement they focus on trivialities such as “buzzwords” and voter ID laws. They call for state backed advantages by demanding enforcement of racial preferences. They demand reparations to people who are not victims paid by those who are not victimizers. They demand criminal cases ignore justice in the name of racial grievance. They demand ever increasing amounts of welfare and that the state of the crumbling black family be ignored. This is the state of race based “civil rights” movement today.
I believe that if Martin Luther King were here today, he would be thrilled by the progress made toward his dream and disgusted by the race hustling legacy of his righteous movement.