- May 11, 2013
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The Dream is No More: MLK's dream in August fifty years ago is evolving into a nightmare
By Steve McCann
The issue of civil rights remained at the forefront of my consciousness and on that summer day in August of 1963, while attending Catholic University in Washington D.C., I was one of 200,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial to hear Martin Luther King deliver his "I have a Dream" speech. Over the next five years I participated in voter registration drives, demonstrations, and marches to once and for all put an end to the stain on the American character.
I have, over the years, watched with some degree of pride and accomplishment as doors were opened, barriers torn down, attitudes changed and equality become a growing reality. However on this, the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, the dream that we all had for the nation on that day in August is evolving into a nightmare not only for the vast majority of Black America but for the nation as a whole.
As with all human endeavors, there have been failures of good intentions. Among the mistakes made was the passage of massive government welfare programs which had the unintended consequence of creating a vast segment of the black population dependent on the largess, consequently destroying the foundation of the family and diminishing the ambition to succeed by one's own effort.
However, the most insidious aspect of all, and one that never occurred to us, was the exploitation of the racial past by those both black and white in order to further their political aims or to amass greater wealth. These purveyors of dissension have deliberately and ceaselessly set out to keep open the wounds of past discrimination and not allow them to heal.
For decades, unscrupulous black leaders have been able to extort money and political power through the tactic of yelling racism whenever an unpleasant incident involved white and black citizens, whether there was racism at play was immaterial. As the charge of racism has been the greatest societal pejorative since the 1960's, most people simply cowered and tacitly admitted guilt allowing the accusation to stand, thus opening the door for the so-called civil rights leaders to repeatedly tell the black population that the reason for the poverty and despair in the inner cities was due solely to never-ending white racism.
Articles: The Dream is No More
Progressives will deny this. However, the truth can easily be seen.