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Martin Luther King Jr. is arguably considered the most famous African- American man in United States history. His August 28, 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech is one of the most famous speeches in American history. Many people have different interpretations of what his “dream” was. I guess at the end of the day only he would know, because after all it’s his dream, right? I have massive respect for this man although I don’t fully agree with his philosophy. The questions I’d like for us all to ask ourselves is if Martin Luther King Jr. were brought back to life today would he be pleased with what the black community has amounted to since his death? Is this what he wanted? Would he consider this a dream come true? Do you think he would condone the behavior of the black masses today in 2013? Well allow me to give my personal thoughts in response to these questions.
Before I continue I would like to give some detailed definitions to some important words.
Integrate – 1. To form, coordinate, or blend into a functioning or UNIFIED WHOLE.
2. to unite with something else.
3.To open to people of all races or ethnic groups without restriction.
Unity – 1. The state or quality of being one; singleness.
2. The state or quality of being in accord; harmony.
3. The combination or arrangement of parts into a whole; unification.
Conform – 1. Comply with rules, standards, or laws.
2. Behave according to socially acceptable conventions or standards: “the pressure to conform”.
3. To be obedient or compliant.
In my personal opinion, Black Americans never integrated and have never been fully accepted by White America.
Black Americans have conformed; we agreed to be compliant to the rules White America had set for us.
After the desegregation laws were passed, some were holding hands singing “Oh Happy Days” racism over!!! What we fail to realize is that America is run by owners who never “integrated” their wealth, power, or control. The top 1% of this country are the descendants of the owners who benefited from murder and enslavement of Native Americans and Africans.
In 2013, the owners of 99.9 percent of everything in this country are WHITE. Why is ownership significant to integration? Because when you own shit you get to make the RULES, you get to set the prices, and you have the POWER. Therefore one who does not own anything cannot set rules, cannot set prices, and has no power.
Which leads to my next point, the education system was never integrated. Black & Whites went to school to learn white Eurocentric history/culture. African/black studies are not required nor truly asserted into the curriculum. Black and White students do not learn much of anything positive about African/black culture. The result of this is maintenance of racism due to ignorance.
Because of that naturally there is a lack of respect for blacks which builds an inferiority complex in blacks and a superiority complex in whites. . Wait, there is one month given to blacks. “Black History Month” which is “Black History” but American history is White history, when they are the SAME history that happened in this country. Furthermore I don’t want you to lose the point.
Why isn’t the curriculum integrated? Because blacks don’t make the rules and White America hasn’t decided to yet. Why don’t blacks make the rules? Because blacks don’t own shit. Why don’t blacks own shit? Well besides the fact that since slavery there have been systematic rules /laws put in place to keep blacks from owning shit, blacks conformed during desegregation, gave up on black businesses. (With the Exception of the Black Panthers Party) The owners of this country never integrated the wealth so they’ll continue to make the rules and set the laws we OBEY, even if it’s not in our favor.
If the country truly Wanted to UNITE it would have integrated the wealth economically as well as with the education system. Black Men and Women are being incarcerated at alarming rates and not much is being done about it from “America”, why is that? Because the prison system is a business and blacks don’t own any parts of it. White owners are profiting off imprisonment. The New Jim Crow Laws. Pick up a book, wake up, get active, and organize. Slavery never ended it just changed forms.
America has never “United”; to do that would mean equal opportunities, benefits, and representation of all people. America never truly integrated either. If America were truly integrated it would erase white privilege, but white supremacy just can’t have that.
Maybe it’s called “A Dream” because you have to be asleep to believe it?
You know what? Let me put this drink down before I say something I regret.