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I was 8 years old when Dr King gave his dream speech. I do remember some tv coverage, but I didn't understand why so much was made of a sermon because that is what it sounded like to me. The radical sounding guy was John Lewis. I learned today he was the same soft spoken John Lewis who is in congress. I say radical because I had never heard a black man talk that way about 'not standing for this and not standing for that anymore.' [summation].
When my uncle earl was visiting and MLK was on the tv news he walked over and turned the channel or maybe he turned it off. I thought that was rude because he didn't live there and a few of us were watching the news.
He (Uncle Earl) told us that that man was dangerous. Uncle Earl lived in Alabama.
I thought the movement was to riot and tear things a part. I didn't know they were peaceful marches met with violence.
I really never heard the entire speech until I was grown. It was even more poignant as I recalled the vitriol against this man from the white community.
Today I have heard that was probably due to fear and guilt and I agree. They were afraid that these people would rise up and do to "us" what was done to them for so long.
But that is what non violence in social change is all about and what makes it so powerful.
What was so doubly great about the march and the entire movement was it opened a door for Asian Americans and women and gays ...
50 years later much has changed and much has not.
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It retraces the route of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. Martin Luther King, III, Rev. Al Sharpton and others will be in Washington to lead today's ceremony.
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington - NY Daily News
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While the Civil Rights movement was the real deal back in that day, MLK has to be rolling over in his grave now with the NAACP the joke that it is, and how politicized and corrupt some of the current "civil rights leaders" are (e.g. Sharpton and Jesse Jackson).
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While the Civil Rights movement was the real deal back in that day, MLK has to be rolling over in his grave now with the NAACP the joke that it is, and how politicized and corrupt some of the current "civil rights leaders" are (e.g. Sharpton and Jesse Jackson).
I didn't see all of it but I caught the tail end of Al Sharpton's speech. I did not know that he was a statistic, on welfare, headed nowhere. He revealed in the speech today that two men helped turn him around. One was the Reverend Jessie Jackson. He said (and I'm slightly paraphrasing), "They can say what they want about Jessie Jackson, but he was the first man who ever told me I was somebody..."

I thought that was a poignant moment in his speech and served to explain some of where the Reverend Al is coming from.
Just thought I would share that with you as I did not know that about the man.
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I didn't see all of it but I caught the tail end of Al Sharpton's speech. I did not know that he was a statistic, on welfare, headed nowhere. He revealed in the speech today that two men helped turn him around. One was the Reverend Jessie Jackson. He said (and I'm slightly paraphrasing), "They can say what they want about Jessie Jackson, but he was the first man who ever told me I was somebody..."

I thought that was a poignant moment in his speech and served to explain some of where the Reverend Al is coming from.
Just thought I would share that with you as I did not know that about the man.
Assuming it's even true. Both of these men are crooked charlatans, pure and simple. Sharpton has a rap sheet going back decades.
The Reverend Al Sharpton's Rap Sheet
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While the Civil Rights movement was the real deal back in that day, MLK has to be rolling over in his grave now with the NAACP the joke that it is, and how politicized and corrupt some of the current "civil rights leaders" are (e.g. Sharpton and Jesse Jackson).
Some have definitely made a mockery of the Civil Rights Movement. I'm sure MLK is highly embarrassed over dirtbags like Sharpton and Jackson at how far they've set the movement back.

I'm not even sure we need a Civil Rights Movement anymore. Is it really needed? Seems all they do these days is race-bait, divide, and cause more problems than there really are. Back in the day it was needed but these days I'm not so sure. When blacks are being elected president of a country and they have every opportunity the rest of us have I don't really see the need.
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Assuming it's even true. Both of these men are crooked charlatans, pure and simple. Sharpton has a rap sheet going back decades.
The Reverend Al Sharpton's Rap Sheet
Didn't I just indicate that? No need to be crude. I was saying how I did not know he was headed down a dark road (which he admitted about himself) when someone believed in him and although that person is someone who has come under fire in modern times, let's not forget MLK is not vilified only because he is dead. His actions back then, non violent as they were were used as an excuse to torture and kill people right in my own home town.
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I'm not even sure we need a Civil Rights Movement anymore. Is it really needed? ...
Yes now more than ever with voting rights suppression by the very courts. Laws that say a gun license can be used as id to vote, but not a student id are clearly politically motivated modern jim crow laws. And jim crow is not confined today to suppressing blacks, but the poor and middle class in general and especially women and gays and lesbians.
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I didn't see all of it but I caught the tail end of Al Sharpton's speech. I did not know that he was a statistic, on welfare, headed nowhere. He revealed in the speech today that two men helped turn him around. One was the Reverend Jessie Jackson. He said (and I'm slightly paraphrasing), "They can say what they want about Jessie Jackson, but he was the first man who ever told me I was somebody..."

I thought that was a poignant moment in his speech and served to explain some of where the Reverend Al is coming from.
Just thought I would share that with you as I did not know that about the man.
So we have Jesse Jackson to blame for Al Sharpton. That dirty, rotten--------
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Yes now more than ever with voting rights suppression by the very courts. Laws that say a gun license can be used as id to vote, but not a student id are clearly politically motivated modern jim crow laws. And jim crow is not confined today to suppressing blacks, but the poor and middle class in general and especially women and gays and lesbians.
I was talking about real reasons, not fictitious, made-up, liberal, MSNBC talking points.
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Didn't I just indicate that? No need to be crude. I was saying how I did not know he was headed down a dark road (which he admitted about himself) when someone believed in him and although that person is someone who has come under fire in modern times, let's not forget MLK is not vilified only because he is dead. His actions back then, non violent as they were were used as an excuse to torture and kill people right in my own home town.


Yes now more than ever with voting rights suppression by the very courts. Laws that say a gun license can be used as id to vote, but not a student id are clearly politically motivated modern jim crow laws. And jim crow is not confined today to suppressing blacks, but the poor and middle class in general and especially women and gays and lesbians.
Jim Crow laws. Those Democrats were real asshats weren't they?
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Having Sharpton and/or Jackson at any MLK-related function is like Charles Manson hosting a Sharon Tate film festival...
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