Perverting King's 'Dream' - Amnesty ≠ Civil Rights
As someone who respects the purity of the Civil Rights movement, I found one aspect of yesterday's celebration to be deeply disturbing. While there is much to praise about the passion with which the speakers addressed the Civil Rights struggle, many of the leftward-leaning leaders tried to conflate the movement with the fight for amnesty. The problem with this is that, in doing so, they attempt to equate two starkly different issues. The push for civil rights is about equal opportunity, a fair application of the existing laws-regardless of race, ethnicity or creed, the law applies to everyone equally. Amnesty for illegal immigrants, however, is about allowing exception to the law, granting absolution for those who have knowingly broken our laws. The two issues are entirely at odds with one another: amnesty is about un
equal opportunity-holding certain people (based on their ethnicity) to a different standard under the law. This is precisely what the civil rights movement fought so passionately against! It's a shame that the civil rights leaders of today have allowed their liberal ideologies to dictate the messages they project, at the expense of their devotion to a true civil rights movement.Dr. Alveda King: "I don't hear the freedom in [Rep. Lewis'] voice"
Today, Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece, Dr. Alveda King, discussed her thoughts on yesterday's 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington. Dr. King explained how the liberal organizers of the event, who excluded Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) from yesterday's march, similarly demonstrated their alienation of other Republican black leaders by refusing to allow her ensemble, Voices of Freedom
, to perform their original composition, Let Freedom Ring
. King also discussed her disappointment with the 'victim' mentality felt and projected by black leadership today. When discussing her feelings about trailblazing civil rights leader, Rep. John Lewis, King explained, "You can love someone and be completely different in ideology. When I hear his voice I still hear the cry and the pain of a victim. I don't hear the freedom in his voice." Ultimately, she expressed her disappointment with the movement's abandonment of her uncle's spiritual message for love and equal treatment of all. (Listen free)