This is sad and tragic, and turns a civil rights legacy into a political dividing line. Rev. King was a family man, and would undoubtedly be heartbroken to see what has happened to the American family across all ethnic and racial lines, but particularly, the black family. No one can say with certainty what Rev. King would say about particular policies, but it's a stretch to conclude that he would believe that passing Obamacare was part of a modern day "civil rights" struggle. Or that passing amnesty, a policy that will only drive down wages for the poor and middle class, is part of a 21st century "dream." Or that securing the right to abortion on demand was what he was dreaming of in 1963. Millions of black children lost their lives in the post-King era, not due to police brutality or "stand your ground," but because of a culture of death (abortion) and a culture of crime (often gang and drug-related). Consider the reporting of The Hill
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.