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Martin Luther King, Jr., Glenn Beck, And Al Sharpton

Yesterday was the 47th Anniversary of the “I Have A Dream” speech that Dr. King gave on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

As you know, there were 2 rallies yesterday in  Washington, D.C.  Glenn Beck’s rally was called, ‘Restoring Honor’, and Al Sharpton’s was called, ‘Reclaim The Dream’,

Beck’s rally was held to raise funds to support the Wounded Soldier’s Project and Sharpton’s rally was a tribute to the 47th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

I have posted a photo of  each of these events held in our nation’s capitol yesterday.  Can you tell what’s wrong with each of these groups?  Remember, this is 47 years after Dr. King gave the iconic speech in the same city and in the same or near the same (in regards to Sharpton’s group) location.

I was shocked.  You should be too.  Here are the photos:

Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally

Al Sharpton’s Reclaim The Dream March/Rally

Have you figured out what the problem is with these two groups?  You are right.  One is too White and one is too Black.  And this took place on the 47th anniversary day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech day.

Glenn Beck should have stayed with the 9/12 Project theme and held the rally the day after this 9/11 commemoration.  It would have been more pleasing to many of us.  As it turned out, it appeared as though Beck and Sharpton were dueling.  It left a bad taste in my mouth except the Wounded Soldiers will benefit from this and that’s a good thing.

It’s appalling and I blame President Barack Obama for the deterioration in race relations in America in 2010.  He has pushed the racial rhetoric to the point where we now have segregated rallies on a day that commemorates a man of peace and brotherhood.  We have to do better and we can do better.

If you want to see and hear the real deal, watch the famous speech given by Dr. King and look at the ‘Salt and Pepper’ flavor of that group.

God help us and continue to bless our country.

Complete Text

(transcribed directly from the video above)

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves, who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacle of segregation and the chains of discrimination.

One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languish in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land So we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we’ve come to our Nation’s Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the inalienable rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

posted by rightthingtodo on August 29, 2010

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