A FEW WORDS ON DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY…
MANY BLACKS AND WHITES FEEL THAT TALKING ABOUT RACIST AND RACE AND RACISM CAN ONLY CAUSE FRUSTRATION, AND SERVES TO POLARIZE THE RACES EVEN FURTHER.
Honest dialogue about racism interferes with social comfort levels and blurs the neat lines of socially integrated and professional friendships. Some Blacks and Whites disingenuously feel that discussing racism and issues of race and discrimination would threaten their White friends or their Black friends, making them feel uncomfortable, keep them away from social events and civic events and playing gold together. Or, as a person told me during a presentation I made on Race, Racism, and Civil Rights, “Talking about those things in the past, Mr. Hurst, opens wounds which have been slowly healing or are healed.” Oh, really? Why is it that Blacks are made the victims twice: first, in the way that they are treated in this country based purely on the color of their skin, and second, by being made to feel guilty when they discuss that treatment?
Another comment I hear is, “Leave things in the past and let us move on.” How do you move on from who you are and what you have experienced? Move on to what?
I am tired of hearing White folks hypocritically invoke Dr. King’s quote, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." Many Whites use that quote by Dr. King to say special consideration for one’s racial or ethnic identity is a violation of the dream. What they do not realize is Dr. King was saying White America cannot get beyond the color of one’s skin to judge them on their character. When in the HELL did White Folks care about Dr. King’s dream for this country? In their self-serving research, they apparently missed these because they do not quote these comments…
“Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to a solid rock of human dignity.”
When asked about the ignorant nature of racism, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Ignorance is not bliss; it is just ignorance.”
And, referring to America’s violent response to the Civil Rights Movement, “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” That is, nothing is more dangerous than acid hatred based on the color of one’s skin! Dr. King knew and understood that racism is ignorance in its purest, raw, and unadulterated form. Dr. King knew that equality of Blacks would continue to take a back seat in this country. He knew that the fight for justice and equality was worth the battle. Yet this champion of justice, freedom, equality, and civil rights also knew that the struggle to overcome hatred would surely continue.
Dr. King knew that racists would always find ways to deflect dialogue about equality by continually interjecting their core racist attitudes; yet this winner of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize never backed down from taking the fight to those who would not accept human dignity for Blacks. John Lewis is one of many Civil Rights Veterans who continue to take the fight to Racist White America.
What upsets many Whites is John HIMSELF as a living testimony to fighting White American Racism. John Lewis understood who and what Dr. King was talking about when he said “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” John Lewis has seen a myriad of Racists in his lifetime and one in the White House does not make a difference. John Lewis simply told the truth about Donald Trump. Donald Trump is an Illegitimate president and Donald Trump is a Racist. Period. End of Story!
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Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.