Unfortunately, this is one of those pieces I feel that I should preface with a warning (but in no way an apology). I am unabashedly conservative in my political and social view and beliefs, and this piece reflects a great deal of that. Contrary to current media/political propaganda, that does not make me a racist. I believe the cause of Martin Luther King Jr was just and justified. Sadly, we have veered far from his path and dream. We celebrate the man, but I fear his ideas are dead.
DEGREES OF DARKNESS
We no longer strive for the pursuit
of happiness, especially not for all men.
No, today we are concerned only
with our own agenda, a compromise
being defined as you agreeing to do things
“When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring
from every village and every hamlet…
Definitions of Right, Correct, True,
and Freedom become blurred.
We live and argue based on the degrees
of darkness we are willing to accept.
…from every state and every city, we will
be able to speed up …
The murder of a fetus is acceptable,
…the killing of a murderer is not,
personal protection is ostracized,
…protecting criminals glorified,
success and ambition demonized,
…government control of wealth promoted,
religious persecution protested,
…unless the persecuted are Jewish or Christian,
personal responsibility and achievement discouraged,
…dependence and societal blame advocated.
…that day when all God’s children, black men and white men,
Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, …
Fifty years ago a great man preached equality
and freedom for all men,
regardless of race or religion. The war still rages,
the battleground has changed;
class is the new race. Now, the black man
is persecuted by his own if he dares to succeed,
the color of his skin irrelevant in the face
of his group association: called Uncle Tom,
uppity, sellout and oreo.
…will be able to join hands and sing in the words
of the old Negro spiritual…
King’s example secured a right to vote, freedom
to achieve and the potential for equality.
Tell me he would be pleased with his followers.
Tell me he would approve of the agenda of those
who use his name.
Tell me he would accept trading his hard-won vote
for subjugation to a governmental master.
Tell me he would agree what we have now is racism.
…Free at last! free at last! …
Convince me he would not be crying in the streets,
mourning the bastardization of his dream.
…thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”