Apparently conservative blacks aren’t too pleased with the way the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” has been going. Can you blame them? The proceedings have been hijacked by a bunch of far-left grievance mongers who disgrace King’s name. The way things have been going you’d have no idea King was a Republican.
Black conservatives are rankled by the liberal flavor of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
They contend the left is appropriating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory and willfully understating the degree of progress the United States has made in overcoming the egregious racial injustices that characterized an earlier era.
They also argue Americans aren’t hearing the right message from leaders — mainly Democratic and liberal — who will celebrate the anniversary from the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday.Mia Love, the Republican mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, is black and was born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
She contends that modern-day civil rights activists, in league with the Democratic Party, de-incentivize personal responsibility and economic independence.
“I believe Dr. King would be saddened by the way that some of these leaders are telling Americans that they are victims and their only hope for a better future is a government handout,” she said. “It does nothing but keep black Americans dependent.”
Herman Cain, who sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, told The Hill that if King were alive today, “he would say congratulations on the progress that you have made as a nation and that black people have made in the last 50 years.”
“But he would also say shame on you as a nation for where you have lost ground,” said Cain, who pointed to rising racial tensions and several downward trend-lines.
“We have lost ground, especially black people, on the number of people graduating from high school. We have lost ground, black people, on babies born out of wedlock. We have lost ground, a bit, on racial tension: I don’t think it is as bad as the 50s and 60s but the flames have been fanned by some of the things in the media,” he said.
Talk show host and self-described “constitutional conservative” David Webb is disdainful of those black civil rights who, in his view, exacerbate racial grievances and capitalize upon them.
“What we’ve seen is people who’ve refused to advance,” he said. “It’s 2013, not the 1960s, but they are still having the 1960s argument. These are the CBC [Congressional Black Caucus], the NAACP, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and all these other civil-rights profiteers.”
Webb added: “Their stock-in trade is … issues that keep them in positions where they need to be, whether it’s for money, power or some combination.”