The Hijacking of Dr. King’s Dream
Patriot Update – David L. Goetsch
The civil rights movement was able to overcome enormous obstacles and eventually win because people of good will—white, black, brown, and yellow—agreed that Jim Crow was wrong. The black leaders who followed Dr. King’s philosophy of non-violent dissent held the moral high ground and every person with an ounce of decency in his hearts knew it.
The most debilitating problems faced by black Americans today are no longer the work of bigots in white sheets. Rather they are the result of drugs, crime, violence, fatherless families, a crippling high school dropout rate, and crushing levels of unemployment.
These problems . . . are indigenous and require a different kind of leadership and different solutions than were required in the days of Jim Crow. Unfortunately, too many people who claim to be black leaders are still stuck in the 1960s.
In view of the current disappointing state of race relations in our country, Americans would do well to ask:
As a pastor, Dr. King believed that all men—black, white, yellow, and brown—are children of God and as such stand equally before God. He also knew that the overwhelming majority of Americans, in their heart of hearts, believed this too. This being the case, his demands for equality for black Americans represented a moral imperative, not a demand for special treatment.
In the wake of his death King’s dream was soon hijacked by racial hucksters who capitalized on the great man’s martyrdom to create a civil rights industry that has fed them and many others since King’s assassination. The civil rights industry has also served to encourage, promote, and ignite racial divisiveness.
Dr. King’s message of fairness, equality, and justice was clear and compelling. It meant that in a nation founded on the principles of freedom and liberty Americans of all races should be able to expect fairness, equality, and justice.
It did not mean that black Americans would be set apart by the government as a special category of citizens eligible for government entitlements distributed on the basis of race.