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Posted: August 31, 2013 8:00 p.m.

King didn't need to invent injustices

What would Dr. King think today?

Aug. 28, 2013, was the annual commemoration of the historic march on Washington, D.C., and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic speech. Signs, posters, radio/TV ads and the all-inclusive holiday sale reminded us that it’s time for America, as a nation, to remember the injustices he fought.

Preachers preached special sermons, teachers had special lesson plans, and politicians, coupled with the usual colliers of immiseration, posed for photo-ops. All referenced how King fought for the freedom, equality and dignity of blacks.

There were marches, chants and choruses of "we shall overcome" – all of which were carefully designed and presented to omit the fact that we have "overcame" [sic].

Sadly, but certainly not unexpectedly, Dr. King’s day of national commemoration has devolved into a day of misrepresentation of what he actually stood for: "blame the white capitalistic system" in general, "white conservatives" specifically, and "immiseration rallies" ad nauseam. I submit it is time to honor his memory in truth and honesty. Speaking of his life, it is enough to say he put it on the line, literally, every day.

He didn’t retreat; he didn’t apologize. He didn’t distort the truth; he instead offered it up for America and the world to see. Presentation of the undiluted truth was a sulfuric colonic to the racist elements of his day. It was reality TV before islands, desperate wives and trying to impress casino owners. Dr. King didn’t need to invent injustice. Being denied the right to vote, eat, purchase and live where he chose didn’t need inventing.

Likewise, beatings, fire hoses and attack dogs in the hands of the hate-filled didn’t need embellishing; they needed only to be seen every night on the evening news for the conscience of America to demand change. Truth can be denied by the darkness of hatred and by the recalcitrant, but it can never be disproved, nor can it ultimately be diminished. But some forms of truth are less transpicuous than others; thus the reason uninformed and uneducated people are so easily misled.

While there are any number of scholarly positions that would be open to cogent and reasoned debate were Dr. King still alive, what is not open for debate are his positions on segregation, be it codified or self-imposed, or on drinking from the cup of bitterness and resentment that so many blissfully imbibe from today.

And when we read:

"In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."

"We must forever conduct our struggles on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. …The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers … realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedoms. …’’

("I have a dream speech," Aug. 28, 1963) It gives us some indication of what he might have thought or said to the Jacksons, Sharptons, Farrakhans or Julian Bonds of today. Who cares to speculate per his opinion of the National Urban League president, Mark Morial, who praised Planned Parenthood as a "good organization," even though the Ugandan parasite, Idi Amin, murdered fewer Africans during his entire bloodthirsty reign than the number of black babies Planned Parenthood casually murders annually. What would he say of his dream today when we examine the devastating effects personal and social irresponsibility have had on the black family?

We can but wonder how he would feel about black gangs, drugs, educational largesse, generational welfare and the damning results of the Great Society Initiative. Perhaps instead of preening for photo-ops, the feckless fantasia called liberal politicians and black leadership would better spend their time trying to remember exactly what Dr. King’s dream was.

Author’s Note: The column you have just read was originally published Jan. 9, 2007. It was written in reference to the national holiday that bears Dr. King’s name. The date in the opening sentence was changed from "Jan. 15, 2007″ and the words "the historic march on Washington, D.C. by" were also added in the opening sentence.

Not one other word was changed or added. I reprise it here because a full six-and-a-half years later, my syndicated column published that day is even more devastatingly true today.

Mychal S. Massie is the former National Chairman of the conservative black think tank, Project 21-The National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives; and a member of its’ parent think tank, the National Center for Public Policy Research. You can find more at

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