Rev. Jesse Jackson to Lead Obama Protest at White House

Rev. Jesse Jackson to Lead Obama Protest at White House
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On the heels of the New York Times editorial board calling marijuana arrests a  “tool of racial oppression”, black leaders are finally taking to the streets to protest the War on Drugs. Rev. Jesse Jackson and other black leaders have scheduled a protest outside the White House on Monday, declaring the black community in a “State of Emergency”, and demanding help from the Obama administration.

Dr. Ron Daniels, President of Institute of the Black World 21st (IBW) Centurystates: “there is a direct connection between the so called War on Drugs as a racially biased strategy and the devastation, death and destruction in America’s ‘dark ghettos.’

Rev. Jesse Jackson will be a main speaker at the event. The recent NYT story drew attention to a study of 50 states and the District of Columbia which showed that “nationally, African-Americans are nearly four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession as whites.”

Here’s a snippet of the press release with additional details, sent from Progressive Communications Online:

Date: Monday, June 17th – 42nd Anniversary of the War on Drugs

 

Where: Washington, D.C.

 

Time: 10:00 AM – Pre-Rally, Historic Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street, NW 20005— (Main speaker-Rev. Jesse Jackson)

   

 

11:00 AMMarch to Lafayette Park (Across from the White House)

   

 

12:00 Noon – 2:00 PMRally at Lafayette Park

 

Amidst growing disaffection in some quarters of Black America with President Obama’s failure to directly address a myriad of crises afflicting distressed Black communities, contingents of “Drum Majors for Justice” are planning a Day of Direct Action, Monday, June 17th in Washington, D.C., to mark the 42nd Anniversary of the “War on Drugs.” Mobilized by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), drug and criminal justice policy reform advocates, faith leaders, heads of community-based organizations and formerly incarcerated leaders will call on President Obama to end the War on Drugs as a “pipeline” to the mass incarceration of Black people. Leaders will also demand massive, direct investment of jobs and economic development projects in urban inner-city neighborhoods plagued by joblessness, drugs, gun violence and fratricide…..

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Art2Light
Art2Light

Character is doing what's right when nobody's looking. #art2light

madenusa47
madenusa47

Blacks/African Americans made this country what it is; which is the greatest country on the face of this earth.  For a people to sustain such brutal treatment at the hands of a people who are of a savage nature is truly phenomenal. The Native Americans should have avoided the white man who gave them the plaque; a many African Americans are the Native Americans.  America would be like England Boring-- had it not be for the creativity of the Black/African Americans. 

By the way- the way America Glorify that Irish, Italian, Jewish, and Russian gangster killing mess- along with the cowboy and Indian crap; why would one point out the mental illness of a people who are poor and uneducated victims of this greedy racist society.

The day Blacks/African Americans stop spending their monies with those who don't give a damn about us-- will be the day that we will gain respect for self, and won't give a damn what others say about us. 

pandros042
pandros042

Ordinary afro-americans are such cry babies.  When will they grow up and stop playing the blame game. The true victims of the European experience in North America are Native Americans, Indians who continue to suffer the thuggery of a a relentless genocide by the white and black elites and plutocrats in Washington and the states.  Blacks are their own worst self-defeating enemy.  Ever notice how Native Americans  avoid black people like the plaque.  

wogmin
wogmin

The first thing thre black community needs to do, is police itself.

Practically every thing that is wrong in our community stems fro the people that have been anointed as our leaders.

You have Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and a bunch of other preachers, looking to a man, for solutions, rather than looking to the Christ that they claim to be serving.

Only God can straighten out what is wrong in this nation, yet, these preachers, seem to be totally oblivious to that.

When the blind lead the blind, both will fall in the ditch!

CarolinaSistah
CarolinaSistah

Specific action in demand of specific action is what is required from Black America.  Notice how far homosexual rights have progressed with this president.  He only understands and responds to specific demands. 

caveman39
caveman39

Jesse Jackson should quit confirming the myth that the government is the daddy of the black people. Black people can stand on their own they are people after all. Those who choose to be thugs need to be rounded up and arrested not given special privalege that they did not earn. And what about Jesse Jackson himself? I remember a racial slurr he used against Obama before he was elected. He was never condelmed for that either he got away scott free. As far as Obama goes, he is an equal opportunity offender and not just letting the Black community down. Old Jesse is holding back those Black people that listen to his dumb crap. Or maybe the Black folks that choose to listen to him are holding their ownselves back. Either way, are Black people not up to par? Is that the message Jesse is making?

DianaBaskin
DianaBaskin

Jessie Jackson has to find something to do.  No one is forcing anyone to do drugs or sell them.  This a choice.  He needs to find a real cause or go find a church to run.  He is no Rev.

Velsbaby888
Velsbaby888

Ole' Jesse is still trying to castrate President Obama as he stated during the campaigns.  I am not surprised.  He should be protesting our constipated Congress AND the war on drugs.   President Obama has enough obstacles.  Stop trying to hurt him and help him accomplish goals.

arobinson214
arobinson214

The Obama ship has sailed and left the port.  President Obama is insignificant. He is put a small drop of rain in the political ocean.  His election to office highlighted a turn of events in American history.  Never has a minority elected a president to office in this country.  The historic event, and frightening event, is that there is a Third Party electoral process, rather then the two party system which America has been accustom.  This is a direct threat to the status quo, because it states that Americans are ready for change.  The threat is what direction this change will take. Will it remain in the Balloting process or will it take to the streets n such zeal that it becomes civil unrest. President Obama's platform of change drew large support from the Black and Hispanic Communities and a small percentage of White votes.  Those demographics were an alarm that sound in the halls of politics.  The challenge to the American Political is in trying to contain that revolutionary change or in the least too discredit it.  That is the challenge of the current political system.  We have had such demonstration as Wall Street; The Tea Party; and other less know fractions that remain unreported, demanding qualitative and quantitative.  The revolution of the 1960s during the Vietnam war had similar dynamics and lead to a large number of Americans protesting in the streets for a command good.  Riots on college campuses, Riots in the Streets by Blacks and Latinos.  The political systems recent election of President Obama is not just a historical anomaly because of the complexion of his skin, rather because it signals broadly that a Majority of Americans has lost faith in the political process.  Both parties must discredit the currently presidency in order to regain traction and continue with business as usual.  It is not the color of the mans skin that is threating nor his politics. What is threating in the Platform that made him attractive and lead to his election as the President of the United States.  We the Black People must claim that platform as or own. Equality for All regardless of skin color.  A living wage for all.  An end to Plutocracy Governance.  An end to Big Money interest controlling legislation.  An end to gerrymandering. A Jobs Bill.  An Employees Bill of Rights.  If we adopt that platform we shall assure ourselves a place in history and raise our concerns to a National  and international Level.  The World followed this election, because it served as a catalyst that social and political change was taken place in the United States of America not seen since The American Revolution.  President Obama is not the problem his platform is the cure. We need to look too 2014 and 2016 and continue in the Balloting process. 
    

arobinson214
arobinson214

Non of us have all the answers.  Consensus are drawn with a host of participants contributions rather then having one person making the decisions for the remaining. My wife and I disagree regularly. Each is allowed their opinion and solutions to a particular event in an environment that is non threatening.  Often times she has or I have the solution to the problem, but most of it is a collaboration.  Each giving too the solution. We find ourselves onboard with one another when the other is allowed to contribute and each is given responsibility and feel invested in the goal,  there is a far greater chance for success.

MalikDouglas
MalikDouglas

Wow of all the things lack of jobs being number 1 these N going to White House Yea I guess it's cool to have a truckdriver high going down the road beside you. Or that doctor who's about to operate on your child stoned

Bahati Sobukwe
Bahati Sobukwe

The World Court does little more than cite.  They cited Reagan for invading Grenada.  They cited Bush and Brown for Iraq.  They have cited Israel numerous times.  What happens---nothing!

Dr Johnny Duncan
Dr Johnny Duncan

For those who are uninformed on Mr. Jackson and his antics, I beseech you to google "king Family vs Loyd Jowers."  Jackson was implicated in the murder of Dr. King, by getting rid of King's body guards 15 minutes before the assassin's bullet struck.  Jackson still has King's blood on his hands.

Not only that, Jackson pirated documents that I sent to Mrs. King before her death and tried to take credit for originating the term "Afr-i-can Amer-i-can", which is my brainchild, dating from the composition of the poem "I Can" in 1986.

Jackson is simply being used to take attention away from the issues of "privacy and security" which are taunting the Obama administration.  Don't waste yours and my stime speaking about defending somebody who wanted to get high on "Mary Jane" and got caught!!

Stardegiel
Stardegiel

@afrikancenteredbrutha  I could be wrong but I don't think marching has the same impact it once did.  Its kind of expected now, so dismissed in the minds of whites.  They see you, they don't see you.  Your marching a day, a couple of hours, they endure it and then say thank God it's over and return to their status quo.  No surprises.  We live in a country that likes sensation, gimmicks. Heck, the Tibetans burn themselves alive.  Not for black folks, we love life and hate pain.  Although we internalize pain often.  Even now, folks see the Tibetans burning themselves and turn away.  They say how awful and then go back to their lives.  Its impact temporary.  What stays in the minds of a nation with a low attention span?  No, not marching. Perhaps an instance of attending schools all over this country in mass.  Taking science, mathmatics, nuclear physics, medicine, wholistic and mainstream; law, political science, finance and business.  Pack their schools, demand scholarships in the form of renumeration for slavery. That is unexpected because they have tagged you as ignorant and expect buffonery and ignorance from you.  Learn their game and beat them at it.  That is how we will get noticed.  The White Man gave the peoples of color Jesus.  Think not, read and find out how whenever Europeans wanted to conquer a land, they sent their Jesuit Priests and missionaries to ask you to turn the other cheek. To endoctrinate you.  Why do you think they call TV, programming?  The whites saw how African interacted with their Gods so sought to remove the African Gods.  Live spirits that we interacted with.  Whites saw this and said "Hell no!"  Let's steal their rituals and take over their Gods while we give them our God.  The one we killed.  Think about why of all the loving symbols whites could use to depict their God, they showcase a DEAD God. One they killed, and crucified on a cross.  They killed him.  Where is the love there?  Yet, that is the God Whites gave to the folks of color in exchange for their living spirits. And we took that God and breathed life into it as best we could, while desserting our own Gods.  Then our Gods in turn desserted us.  At one time, we understood the laws of nature but again Whites separated us from certain understandings that all people of color throughout the world once knew.  Now, very few know the Laws of the Universe.  The Jews have the Calbala which is sometimes secretly entitled Jewish Witchcraft, though they deny this.  Yet you got Madona worshipping it and getting richer and many Jews who have studied the word in the Torah and Talmad, prospering. Jews study the stars and numerology.  The Kabbalah Tree of Life is utilized by them with all its secret symbology and mysteries.  This was taught in the Egyptian Schools of Wisdom and Knowledge.  The bottom of The Tree represents the materialistic lower half, where the Jews worship and do the rituals that gain them wealth.  The Center of the Kabbalah Tree of Life is the Heart and the Very top, the Divine Mind.  Few within mankind have reached the heart or the top and remain in the lower levels of materialism, where they remain blind and blinded by greed.  We as a people ages ago had the true wisdom and knowledge that got lost in human folly, greed and ignorance.  Let us educate ourselves now.  Not from a religious viewpoint but a spiritual enlighted viewpoint.  Everything is a flow and ebb.  All around us are invisible matrixes of energy and force.  We stepped out of rhythm with this force.  Therefore lost the knowledge of how to give and receive.  Look at the infinity symbol.  Its two wheels, one clock, one counterclock move in unison of future and past to create the now. It moves in unison with itself although it two dual forces. Send the force out, receive the force back.  That is universal law. But we are kept in negative thinking which sinks one into thoughts of hopelessness, desparation and need.  Thus stagnation. We are so emerged in fear we cannot accept that by telling ourselves no matter how bad it is, we are above it.  We do not know any longer how to attract those things within a dualistic world that gives both. But you must stand in center with your intent, focusing out while recieving in.  However, due to our separation from the whole, we would rather say, because we have been taught to doubt, that what I state here is impossible.  Thing is, the moment you declare it is, it is.  You have to apply your intent, to your focus, declare it and claim the things you want, believing.  But only in a positive and loving vein.  We never get because we believe we will never get and believe ourselves to be unworthy of receiving.  Why do you think that in America all we ever hear or get is a daily feed of negative news, negative emotion.  How come nothing is ever positive?  Ask yourself why.  It's because if you began to believe in yourself and the great possibilities around you, you would set yourselves free and no longer be trapped in a mindset built to cage you via fear and lack.  

arobinson214
arobinson214

@madenusa47 It is not necessary that we stop spending our monies with White America remember after all it is their money.  But what we must do is demand that a greater share of it be spent in our neighborhoods and that employment be located in our neighborhood rather then us traveling from outside of our neighborhoods for purchases and employment.  The Wealth of a community is not determined by who owns the business but by rather the income is made in the community and spent in the community.  But we, the Black Community, has a responsibility to provide a safe environment that a business can be safe in.  i once worked for a major Auto Parts chain that located within the Black Neighborhood and many of the employees were stealing and allowing their community to steal.  When I addressed the situation and had them arrested I was called an Uncle Nigger.  I addressed it to the community as we can not allow those amongst us to steal the income out of the community.  Because you are Black does not give you the right to steal nor does it serves to make me irresponsible and allow you to steal.  It does not matter rather the White man owns business within our community or Black Men, what matters is the the income is earned within the community and spent within the community.  Our communities must be a safe haven to attract businesses to the community.  This is how wealth is produced and maintained w/in the community on a macro-economic level, which will expand to a Macro-economic level.  

arobinson214
arobinson214

@pandros042 Native Americans has not always avoided Black Americans.  In fact during Slavery the Native American accepted Blacks into their communities.  Native Americans stopped dealing with our communities following the Buffalo Soldiers, which in my opinion is the great tragedy of my race and betrayal.  Unfortunately, Native Americans have become as racist as the Caucasian that decimated their race. Under the Native American patriot Act, for lack of a better word, Native Americans will only recognizes those of 100% native American blood, as if their are many, just as there are no pure races,  Native American as well as Black Americans were not the only race to suffer at the hands of the Europeans.  In the Triangle Trade routes between entire races were brought to the point of extinction in South America and replaced with African Slaves.  Go to many of the South American Countries and you would swear that you were in Africa.  There are other races that were brought here as near slaves as well.  The China man that built the west as well as his brothers from Japan, viet nam Cambodia and others. So if we are going to talk about suffering please let us not leave other races and ethic groups out.  The Mexicans suffered as well under American occupation and still does.  So let each of us remember that we are brothers in this suffering and the only way that one will rise is that each of us rise that has suffered under the weight of oppression.

DalyBlack
DalyBlack

@pandros042 many native americans do so because they are racist, as in affected by white supremacy racist. besides you dont know all native americans to say that "like the plauge". You sound like the crying baby here. Just because there's a negro in the white house does not mean this country isnt racist. White supremacy is the blood running through the veins of this country, it's in this nation's DNA. Go read a book pandro! 

arobinson214
arobinson214

@CarolinaSistah I agree that the presidency does respond to specific action when there is a state of emergency.  During this state the presidency under the Emergency Powers Act can intervene in domestic affairs, such as 9/11.  The Gay Rights issue was not an Emergency that the President could intervene in.  Had their been rioting in the streets or Civil Unrest, such as during the riots of the sixties then the president and the paramilitary could have been empowered to intervene. I don't like the presidents politics, but I respect his position.  Many Black Americans stopped at the event of his election, but failed to continue in the process, so that he would have greater representing in the house and in the senate.  We expect this Man to part the red sea without the means to do so.  Even Moses need support to convenience Egypt to let his people go. 

soul60
soul60

@caveman39 The so-called black leadership theory or point of departure is coming from the talented 10 school of thought.

Plus,because of black leadership continuing to try to be the moral voice of this country is old news.

Because the white men and these people who control the banks,factories and the media on a large scale are not listening no more when it comes to the morally point of departure.

Since this happening, a vast % of black's as single thinking people need to mentally rise to a new paradigm of freedom.

Stop relieving life on a plantation and on a large scale a vast % of black people need to get the plantation out of their head period.

That would be no more guilt tripping ole massa  for money and  other benefits.

Just   becoming free people mentally and physically

soul60
soul60

@arobinson214 How come so many black's think they really won something really big with  person being reelected.

slave massa always tricks guillible black people.

soul60
soul60

@Dr Johnny Duncan ? Just a simple ? How come all these black people like to play dumb when it comes to  the boule- advisors to the king and so-called black leadership being part of this.

Plus playing the gatekeeper role

JoyceRozier
JoyceRozier

@Dr Johnny Duncan  The CIA killed Dr.King the King family sued the US government  in the late 90's and won the civil  law suit.

madenusa47
madenusa47

Mary Jane-- yeah that same stuff they trying g to legalize behind some health issue scam; in order to generate tax, which will enable the Republicans and Democraps to live off.

I for one don't subscribe to conspiracy theories. Frankly if the so called powers to be had dirt on Mr. Jackson, I truly believe they would have held his butt to the fire years ago.

Today is a new day-- what are we (you) going to do as a positve contributor in BUILDING US UP AS A PEOPLE?

ElaineMDG
ElaineMDG

Thank you so much for that. After many years of studying Native American, Eastern, and Ancient African philosophies; it has become clear to me that all the Judeo-Christian model has done over the past 2500 or so years, is take us away from our "Self's", as a whole, and intricate connectiveness to our Natural World.

It's a shame, and may well be our destruction-of each other, and our planet.

Bahati Sobukwe
Bahati Sobukwe

@Stardegiel @afrikancenteredbrutha   Amon! Amon! Amon!


I think you will you will enjoy this book, if you have not read it already, "African Temples Of The Annunnaki by a white South African author, Michael Tellinger.  Amazing!  I just stumbled upon it on Amazon.  I do not usually find books by stumbling.  After years of reading everything I could find about our history, I knew nothing about the stone structures and ruins in South Africa, the information has been suppressed..surprise, surprise!


arobinson214
arobinson214

@soul60 @arobinson214 The reelection of President Obama in historic terms was a great feat. The problem was that we stopped at this single election,we had no game plan for the future.  As a fighter I was always reminded by my trainer to fight my fight and to take the fight to the opponent. When we had the political system on the ropes we fail to carry through.  We have been going through this Civil Rights thing since 1854 and every piece of legislation since then has been rescinded. The Southern Manifesto which was a declaration of war on any Civil Rights Legislation, that would raise the condition of Americas once former Slaves to Citizenship and parity with their former Slave Masters was delivered by the Democrats on the Senate floor in 1956. Following Brown V. Board of Education.  Brown was based on social science rather then law, so brown was not a victory, but rather and indictment of Black inferiority as the Higher Court saw it, because the higher court saw that only through association with our white counter parts could we gain any measure of decency.   How can one let a disease dictate the cure. As long as we continue to look at freedom, liberty, and equality through the eyes of Caucasians then we will forever be sick and any legislation that represents a cure will forever be tainted.  The Recent Election of President Obama is being held up as a poster that the Civil Rights Legislation is no longer needed in this post racial society.  Many of the privileges given, they were privileges rather then rights, under the Civil Rights legislation are being rescinded:  The Voters Right Act, Affirmative Action and such other legislation. The National Black Colleges and others are having their Grants and endowments rescinded as well.  There is one clear path to Freedom as the Supreme Court Ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson. that established separate but equal.  Brown V. The Board of Education did not over turn this law, because it was based in Social Sciences rather then law.  This has been the Argument of those who til this day who states that Brown violated the laws of separate but equal as established by the supreme court of the united states. But the problem has and shall remain that Blacks do not want independence from their former masters, rather then their former masters unwillingness to let them go.  

Dr Johnny Duncan
Dr Johnny Duncan

@soul60 @Dr Johnny Duncan  Often times, too often I'm afraid, the truth is what the white man tells us or what the white man's surrogates tell us.  Many of us are afraid to use that "weapon of mass destruction" (spoken of previously, i. e. books) to discover the truth. Governments are in the habit of placing people in the forefront whom they can control.  They destroy those who can't be controlled.

This is why few accept the fact that Jackson got rid of King's body guard 15 minutes before the fatal shot was fired, hid behind a bush by the swimming pool, emerged, wiped some of King's blood off the rail, appeared on TV, lied that  Dr. King died in hias arms, and has been recognized by the U. S.Government as the spokesperson for Black people ever since.  It is imp[ortant to maintain the status quo, even when one has no status!

Dr Johnny Duncan
Dr Johnny Duncan

@madenusa47 

Actually, that's how they have propped Jesse up since he appeared on television shortly after Dr. King was killed, and claimed that Dr. King died in his arms, when it was Ralph Abernethy's arms in which Dr. King died. Jesse has been on a leasd ever since. Go back and check the facts.

MalikDouglas
MalikDouglas

@madenusa47 Check it out first what the good doctor is saying is nothing new Like I said do independent research and study before commenting

wogmin
wogmin

@ElaineMDG  I have to strongly disagree with your point of view.

The problem is, has, and always will be that we tend to believe that we can solve our problems, ourselves. That is why we are in the mess we are in, as a community, and, a nation.

We have essentially told God, to butt out [separation of church and state], which He has so kindly obliged. He has left us to our own devices, and you can see the results all around.

Since the black community is the leader in this philosophy, then it is us, that will continue to suffer the most.

arobinson214
arobinson214

Soul60.  I would like to introduce you to a piece of literature I have finished reading by Fredrick Douglas:  What to a slave is the fourth of July.  Riveting .  If you have the time take a look at the piece.  If you are familiar with it then you understand why i am blown away.

arobinson214
arobinson214

@soul60 @arobinson214 @caveman39 I have not read the book.  I am listening to him on u-tube. I share with him similar ideology of the wealth of the community in which I live.  Looking for those who shares similar ideologies. I would like to stay in touch with those of similar mind-set.  I may be reached at arobinson214@yahoo.com for further sharing.  If you have further information to pass on please do so,  I am not timid my desires to contact and stay in contact with those of whom I respect.  Stay encouraged. 

soul60
soul60

@arobinson214 @soul60 @caveman39 

The book by Amos Wilson BluePrint  for Black Power explains the whole situation.

It's a must read for any real serious liberation minded black person.Unless they want to stay on this plantation and keep begging racist white people regardless of whatever party they claim they are part of .

madenusa47
madenusa47

Thank you Sir for your 40 years of service,and may you continue to educate all of us who are in the dark.

My deepest admiration is extended to you- and all others who have the love and tenacity to move us forward as a people.

In the spirit of Fredrick Douglas-- I will question, and agitate those who have the courage to engage in a meaningful conversation; that's pertinent to the present position of my African American/ Black Brothers and Sisters, who I'm perplexed by the inability to come together as one, and own and control our own destiny as all other folks do-- who are in this great country's which our fore parents built for free; and taught the enslavers how to be civil towards people of color, as well as those who are here (USA- civil n human rights) today.

Thank you Dr. J. Duncan

Dr Johnny Duncan
Dr Johnny Duncan

@madenusa47  The assassinations of which you speak, especially those of King Jr and El Shabazz, are reminders along  the road to freedom, justice and equality.  What can you do?  Do all that you can do to repudiate the BS and lies that anyone would feed you to conceal the truth.

What have I done?  I have been preaching and pontificating for forty plus years, in the class room, pulpits, books, Black History Calendars, news letters, talk shows and through every outlet available and to every ear that would hear. And, that still is not enough.

What has been the results of my efforts?  The result have been stupendous.  We have this conversation because of those efforts. And, a fact that few people acknowledge is that, in 1987 I composed the copyrighted poem "I Can" which renamed Black People Afr-i-can Amer-i-can,, an act which Jackson and others sought to take credit.

So, keep on preaching and keep on teaching, and keep yourself abreast and involved in the processing of breaking the chains of ignorance that weigh so heavily on so many of our minds! 

arobinson214
arobinson214

@madenusa47 Sorry I had Texas on my mind. Memphis Tn.  King died of one bullet that struck his face and neck.  Now that was one hell of a bullet.

arobinson214
arobinson214

@madenusa47 The greates honor that can be given to Dr. MLKis the resurrection of his program as laid out in his speech in Memphis during the Memphis Sanitation Strike.  In that speech he made many indictments of those wishing not to participate: " To Remain silent is betrayal ".  Following his speech in Texas he had scheduled for June a Poor Peoples March on Washington not for civil rights, rather for Human Rights Violations.  He broaden his base to be all inclusive of all races suffering scio- economic inequalities.   He expanded his base to include The National Farm Workers Association head by Cesar Chavez; The National Coal Miners Ass; The American Mining Association; A FL-CIO, thereby giving our struggles a national face. King was demonstrating that the struggle of the Black population was the struggles of every American, due to income disparity; A growing Plutocracy exercising its influence on national politics for its interest.  We must remember Dr. Kings political orientation.  It was this orientation that frighten our government and the growing attraction he had amongst differing racial fractions, as well as his influence around the world. If King would have given his speech in Texas calling for a notional poor peoples march with the organization of labor Dr. King would have potentially shut the economy down in the labor parties demanding a greater share of the wealth distribution in the form of wages and a workers bill of rights.  This Bill of Rights would have continued this country being a Right To Work Country at a living wage, rather then it current form of Employment At Will.  In the latter form of labor an employee has no Rights.  They are At Will Employees.  Out of the 52 states over 2/3 are At Will States , excepting that they can't violate Public Policy; Statutory; Good Faith and Fair Dealing.  All of which places the burden of proof on the employee, rather then on the employer to show good cause.  Dr. King understood that our problem was not unique and that if we were going to solve our problem that we had to take a broader scope and be all inclusive rather then having our concerns isolated in a vacuum. We should be standing up for the Immigration Reform Bill and any Bill that assures one equal opportunity to participate in this Democracy.  Dr. King understood that if one is denied the basic Human Rights then we all are denied. Regardless to Race; Creed; Ethnicity; Gender; Sexual Orientation; etc.

madenusa47
madenusa47

Dr. Duncan: Sir from a historical standpoint of who played apart in the murdering of the late Great MLK; it's very sign infant of who played a role. As though it is as important as who played a role in murdering JFK, and Robert Kennedy.

Considering your status as a Dr I'll concede to your advanced knowledge.

Fast forward to the present. What can we do COLLECTIVELY to improve the conditions of Black/African Americans and people of color in the USA?

Today's FACTS are the issues.

wogmin
wogmin

@arobinson214@wogmin@ElaineMDG

Well, as far as what biblical scriptures convey, it is the fact that man was created by God, and as a result, we owe Him our worship and praise.

Worship, among other things, carries with it, the idea of obedience.

Consequently, when we are obedient, we get blessed.

If we choose to be disobedient, then, we are cursed. That is why we are in the situation we find ourselves in, today. This nation, has all but turned its back on God, by supporting things that God hates, led by abortion. Then we have gay rights, affirmative action, and separation of church and state, among others.

The scriptures tell us, and facts bear it out, that nations, either rise, or fall, based on how they relate to God, through Jesus Christ. HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO RECEIVE THE BEST OF WHAT GOD HAS FOR US.

The worst part of our problem is, too many Christians, are blind to these points, because they are being led by preachers, who themselves are just as blind as they are. Mat 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

If a preacher backs a certain political candidate, that candidate, believes they have God’s blessing to pursue their goals. In the case of Democrats, they feel that God is neutral, or supportive of their agenda, talking about the above named things that God hates.

Since the black community, is the major supporter of this party, over 90 percent exclusively, and since this party’s actions, define them as being at war with God, then, is it any wonder that the black community, is the one that is suffering the most??

The only way to get this nation turned around, is to get back to God, through Jesus Christ. No man, or group of men, can accomplish this without Him.

As Jesus said, John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The more we are told we need God, and reject it, the worse things will get.

The only thing any individual can do, is to make sure that they are born again [saved], and following the paths God says they need to walk in.

It is all right to be a segregationalist, if you are separating yourself from ungodliness. 2Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Are you saved??? That is the only way you can get to Heaven, when you leave this life.

arobinson214
arobinson214

@wogmin @arobinson214 @ElaineMDG Spoken with a knowledge of Christ and history. No we can't condemn an entire race for the actions of another.  Tell me; what are the messages or message you think the biblical scriptures should convey? And, why we, the human race, are in the position we now find ourselves.  I have always been a segregationist.  I take this position following historical reasoning, but I am not a racist.

wogmin
wogmin

@arobinson214@wogmin@ElaineMDGJust because an institution has the title of church, does not mean it is a 'TRUE CHURCH.'

As long as there have been churches, there have been, false preachers, false doctrines, and misinterpretations of scriptures.

The institutions described in your response, are clear examples of what I described above. We can even look at the role many churches in Europe played in the holocaust, where they stood by and did nothing to protect the Jews, from Hitler's desire to extinguish them.

Notice, I said many. There were Christians that took it on themselves, to hide and protect as many of them as they could, at the risk of their own lives. Consequently, the same can be said in this nation. Most churches in the south, for the most part, supported the status quo. Churches in the north, however, are the ones, along with a few, in the south, that moved to tear this wicked institutionalized stain on our history down.

 Just as it would be unfair to any race of people, to label the entire race, based on the actions of a few, or even most, don't label all churches, based on the same criteria.

Did you know that in the bible, the word 'slave' only appears 2 times?? Jer 2:14, and Rev 18:13 [KJV]. 

What the bible does support, is the position of servants. Too many people take the two words, and combine them to make it appear that the bible supports the institution of  slavery.

There is a big difference between the 2. This is why many blacks, take the notion that the bible supports it, which it doesn't. 

We are in this mess, because of black preachers, misinterpreting bible scripture, if they have ever read them at all. Preachers like Jesse, and Al, consistently try to convey the wrong message to the bible, to essentially keep us in line with their way of thinking. They get their power from those that want them to keep us in line, talking about the Democratic party, and liberals, both of whom, were founded by former slave owners.

If you want to warn people about who has their demise at heart, it is them.

arobinson214
arobinson214

@wogmin@ElaineMDGI will suggest you to this reading only concerning the church and Christianity during the darkest hour of American history for the Black People.  And this remains the role of the Church when it comes to advocating for the least of these. omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy and faith.”

THE CHURCH RESPONSIBLE.

But the church of this country is not only indifferent to the wrongs of the slave, it actually takes sides with the oppressors. It has made itself the bulwark of American slavery, and the shield of American slave-hunters. Many of its most eloquent Divines. who stand as the very lights of the church, have shamelessly given the sanction of religion and the Bible to the whole slave system. They have taught that man may, properly, be a slave; that the relation of master and slave is ordained of God; that to send back an escaped bondman to his master is clearly the duty of all the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ; and this horrible blasphemy is palmed off upon the world for Christianity.

For my part, I would say, welcome infidelity! welcome atheism! welcome anything! in preference to the gospel, as preached by those Divines! They convert the very name of religion into an engine of tyranny, and barbarous cruelty, and serve to confirm more infidels, in this age, than all the infidel writings of Thomas Paine, Voltaire, and Bolingbroke, put together, have done! These ministers make religion a cold and flinty-hearted thing, having neither principles of right action, nor bowels of compassion. They strip the love of God of its beauty, and leave the throng of religion a huge, horrible, repulsive form. It is a religion for oppressors, tyrants, man-stealers, and thugs. It is not that “pure and undefiled religion” which is from above, and which is “first pure, then peaceable, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” But a religion which favors the rich against the poor; which exalts the proud above the humble; which divides mankind into two classes, tyrants and slaves; which says to the man in chains, stay there; and to the oppressor, oppress on; it is a religion which may be professed and enjoyed by all the robbers and enslavers of mankind; it makes God a respecter of persons, denies his fatherhood of the race, and tramples in the dust the great truth of the brotherhood of man. All this we affirm to be true of the popular church, and the popular worship of our land and nation—a religion, a church, and a worship which, on the authority of inspired wisdom, we pronounce to be an abomination in the sight of God. In the language of Isaiah, the American church might be well addressed, “Bring no more vain ablations; incense is an abomination unto me: the new moons and Sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth. They are a trouble to me; I am weary to bear them; and when ye spread forth your hands I will hide mine eyes from you. Yea! when ye make many prayers, I will not hear. YOUR HANDS ARE FULL OF BLOOD; cease to do evil, learn to do well; seek judgment; relieve the oppressed; judge for the fatherless; plead for the widow.”

The American church is guilty, when viewed in connection with what it is doing to uphold slavery; but it is superlatively guilty when viewed in connection with its ability to abolish slavery. The sin of which it is guilty is one of omission as well as of commission. Albert Barnes but uttered what the common sense of every man at all observant of the actual state of the case will receive as truth, when he declared that “There is no power out of the church that could sustain slavery an hour, if it were not sustained in it.”

Let the religious press, the pulpit, the Sunday school, the conference meeting, the great ecclesiastical, missionary, Bible and tract associations of the land array their immense powers against slavery and slave-holding; and the whole system of crime and blood would be scattered to the winds; and that they do not do this involves them in the most awful responsibility of which the mind can conceive.

In prosecuting the anti-slavery enterprise, we have been asked to spare the church, to spare the ministry; but how, we ask, could such a thing be done? We are met on the threshold of our efforts for the redemption of the slave, by the church and ministry of the country, in battle arrayed against us; and we are compelled to fight or flee. From what quarter, I beg to know, has proceeded a fire so deadly upon our ranks, during the last two years, as from the Northern pulpit? As the champions of oppressors, the chosen men of American theology have appeared-men, honored for their so-called piety, and their real learning. The LORDS of Buffalo, the SPRINGS of New York, the LATHROPS of Auburn, the COXES and SPENCERS of Brooklyn, the GANNETS and SHARPS of Boston, the DEWEYS of Washington, and other great religious lights of the land, have, in utter denial of the authority of Him, by whom the professed to he called to the ministry, deliberately taught us, against the example or the Hebrews and against the remonstrance of the Apostles, they teach “that we ought to obey man’s law before the law of God.”

My spirit wearies of such blasphemy; and how such men can be supported, as the “standing types and representatives of Jesus Christ,” is a mystery which I leave others to penetrate. In speaking of the American church, however, let it be distinctly understood that I mean the great mass of the religious organizations of our land. There are exceptions, and I thank God that there are. Noble men may be found, scattered all over these Northern States, of whom Henry Ward Beecher of Brooklyn, Samuel J. May of Syracuse, and my esteemed friend on the platform, are shining examples; and let me say further, that upon these men lies the duty to inspire our ranks with high religious faith and zeal, and to cheer us on in the great mission of the slave’s redemption from his chains.  Fredrick Douglas.