Thoughts on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

By: Michael John McCrae

I suppose the most important thought that comes to my mind is that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of God. He stressed the importance of God in the life of the individual. He knew that God is the source of strength, courage, and responsibility. His God was the God spoken of in the sixty-six books of the Christian Bible.

Dr. King did not ask for hand-outs. He was a man who believed the black man was not being allowed to reach his level of personal responsibility. The black man was being suppressed in education, employment and opportunity. He saw the black man being treated without respect for his personal humanity and worth to society. So, he only asked for those things. He wanted to see the black man come from the back of the bus to be permitted to sit anywhere he darn well pleased to sit. It was a simple request for freedom. It cost him his life. In his day there were still too many people willing to deny black men true liberty.

Dr’ King’s death was an important event; for finally his words would have their effect in the echoes of Congressional hallways. But these echoes brought overreaction. In their misguided response to give the black man equality of opportunity Congressional mandates decided that gifts would appease the hearts of black men. Rather than allow black men to decide for themselves their best courses of action; Congress, in their unbridled wisdom established programs that would drive the black man into dependency on government. Rather than having their liberty to make their own decisions, many black men found Congress willing to make life easy for them with ideas like affirmative action and welfare.

Black men did not need higher or even equal qualification scores to enter college or police academies. Bare minimums in reading and math still allowed underperformers to move through high school; forcing myriad remedial courses to be taught in colleges that were forced to accept blacks in quota rather than quality. Black men found they could make babies without having to marry mothers of their children and reap a harvest of welfare monies without working. Black women discovered that the more children they had the more money the government would give them. It was all lose; lose.

This was not Dr. King’s ideal. Dr. King wanted to see black men working and earning the same as white men. He wanted them to be able to live in the same communities, have their children play on the same little league fields, attend the same schools, learn the same curriculum, eat in the same cafeterias as American’s truly equal to the whites. Dr. King saw the full potential of the black man. He knew if just given freedom in choice and liberty to work their own opportunities, the black man would break out of the lethargy of second-class group-think. If only men would change their hearts and allow the God of heaven to work, Dr. King envisioned a nation where all men, white and black, worked towards true freedom, liberty and justice for all. Dr. King was not looking for utopia. He was looking for simple civility; knowing God to be the answer for that.

But the white men who ruled Congress knew better. The black man was not capable of the same thing as the white man. The black man needed help. The black man needed to be given his money and opportunity. Surely black men were incapable of charting their own courses without the help of the white man! And even through the years since the death of Dr. King, where we’ve seen black men and women elected to Congress and the Presidency, been seated as Supreme Court Justices, led the country as Secretary of State, Secretary of Education, US Attorney General, Surgeon General and a host of lesser, but important positions; including governorships and mayoral seats of major cities, we have not heard any voice as passionate as that of Dr. King; calling for black men to break out of their cycle of dependency and take responsibility for their actions.

There are a few exceptions to that. Bill Cosby and J.C. Watts come to mind; as does Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Dr. Thomas Sowell, and Dr. Walter Williams, Columnist Larry Elder, and Columnist Starr Parker. But these exceptions are drowned in a sea of liberal socialist idealism that insists the black man needs the largess of the white man to succeed. I don’t recall Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. asking for so much as a penny for anything.

Has government really replaced God in the black community? That is a question each individual must ask for themselves. I personally believe Dr. Martin Luther King would be appalled at the direction his idealism has been dragged into. He believed the white man just had to get out of the way and let the black man choose; according to God, his direction. The white man built an easy path; a wrong path with dollar bills for bread crumbs. The right path is straight, narrow and hard; where a man must accept and work through his responsibilities. Dr. King knew that. D. King taught that. The United States Congress has blurred that message offering decades of dependency.

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