TOM WARD - Dr. King must be weeping as charlatans co-opt 'dream'

TOM WARD - Dr. King must be weeping as charlatans co-opt 'dream'

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. must be weeping in his grave.

During last weekend's celebration of the 50th anniversary of his famous "I Have A Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, politicians and charlatans fought for the limelight, basking in the glow of a man none of them could hold a candle to.

All I could think was the same thing pundit Bill O'Reilly spoke of Monday night on his TV show: What is the measurement of the "content of their character," as Dr. King asked, for the men like "reverends" Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who, we are told, "lead" the civil rights movement today. It's awful, that's what it is.

What an "inconvenient truth" (to quote another snake oil salesman) that just days prior to the celebration, bored African American teens, with a white driver, leaned from their vehicle to shoot an Australian white man, a student and guest in our country, in the back as he ran along the street in Duncan, Okla. Tweeted Jesse Jackson: "This senseless violence is frowned upon."

"Frowned upon?" What a jackass!

When a "white Hispanic" (to quote CNN) like George Zimmerman killed the teenage Trayvon Martin, though, these so-called civil rights leaders were happy to ignore plain evidence of self defense and use Martin's killing to whip their "community" into a frenzy over the "injustice" that pervades their lives.

We've come a long way along the road toward Dr. King's dream, and the United States is a better place - racially - than it was two generations ago. But yes, there is still a long way to go. I happen to believe we'll all get there faster together when African Americans throw off the shackles of their new masters in government and "the movement," and move toward the light of fathered families, completed education, caring churches and communities, and self reliance. More Bill Cosby, less Al Sharpton.

Most all Americans - Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian - share Dr. King's dream for a better country and improved race relations. Fifty years later, as black teens slaughter each other nightly in Barack Obama's hometown without a civil rights leader or their president giving a damn, this isn't it.

* I regret to say I feel another genocide coming on, but I hope I'm wrong. All the ingredients are in place. No, this won't be like the Rwandan genocide of 1994, an "out of sight, out of mind" affair in central Africa which led to the slaughter of at least 500,000 minority Tutsis by the Hutus in only 100 days. This one feels a lot more like Cambodia of the late 1970s, when the Khmer Rouge came to power in the "post Vietnam war" vacuum that was Southeast Asia after United States troops left the region. There, about 2 million died.

Which brings us to Syria. So far, at least 100,000 have been killed in a civil war lasting the past few years. And while I'm no expert on the region, my non-political sense is this: the American people are fatigued by war and sick of the Middle East. We want our troops home, we're tired of bankrupting our treasury for fights halfway around the world, and we don't want our young people dying. It's 1975 again. We want a break.

Our nation's problem is compounded by our having a president who appears to be unsure and over his head in matters of foreign policy. Like most dreamy-eyed liberal ideologues, Obama can't quite come to grasp with the fact that his Cairo speech in 2009 didn't part the Red Sea and lead to 1,000 years of peace. Now, he just looks wobbly. And bad guys across the region - bad guys who see Benghazi for what it was, without a cheerleading press corps running interference - will take advantage of that.

On my fear of genocide, I hope I'm wrong. We all have too many Syrian-American friends and neighbors right here among us, and many have family still in this shattered country. We should pray that we, and President Obama, get this matter right.

Ward is publisher of The Valley Breeze newspapers


Could you have walked a day in Rev. Al or Jesse Jackson's shoes? Do really think MLK would have approved of Rush's, Becks, or Ingrams antics? Aren't they the real charlatans here? You point a lot of fingers, bring up things like the death of an Australian, and seem to have been there when GZ killed TM. Personally, like most of my African American family and friends, I have done quite well in my life without the advice of Cosby or the likes of yourself. Throughout my life traveling around the country and world (as a military dependent), I have yet to meet these perfect non black Americans that make you feel you can look down upon the rest of us. The only time I have depended on the government, was when my mother was spending her career serving Uncle Sam. Since then, I have survived and thrived in ways that my peers in this state could not have without Mommy and Daddy holding their hand the whole time. I don't look down on them, I want the best for my children too, but I find it quite funny when guys like you try to tell me about myself. As far as Syria is concerned, like most conservative arm chair general ideologues, war is never as simple as "they will greet us in he streets with flowers". You have something to say about our presidents foreign policy, but tell me when a modern republicans foreign policy did not include bankrupting the country or sending my friends and family to die? I may not be an expert on much, but I am an expert on being an African American and that sir you are not. Until you start bringing jobs that pay a living wage back to our cities, and have a better idea for our schools other than for profit education, you should just leave MLK's dream alone and go back to your country club. The only people who care about your opinion on the matter are your cheerleaders. That's not helping anybody. Just causing more division.