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Martin Luther King had a Dream — Louis Farrakhan has a Nightmare

How did a generation become racist?

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“I solemnly pledge to do my utmost to uphold the fair name of the Jews. Not only because we need their friendship, and surely we do, but mainly because bigotry in any form is an affront to us all.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (August 12, 1964)

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“Satanic Jews have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.”

Louis Farrakhan (May 27, 2018)

Nothing encapsulates the difference in vision of these two leaders better than their quotes above:

  • Martin Luther King fought against racism
  • Louis Farrakhan is a racist

So how is it that, in 2018, the younger generation of self-defined progressives have turned their back on Martin Luther King’s egalitarian message, and instead embraced Farrakhan's message of hate? It almost beggars belief that that three Women’s March co-chairs, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, and Tamika Mallory, have ties to Farrakhan.

Many a long sentence has been written to justify Tamika Mallory calling the anti-Semitic Farrakhan the GOAT (greatest of all time), and her other gestures of support , but if you support a racist, you are a racist. It really is that simple.

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“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. (28 August 1963)

The fundamental belief of Martin Luther King and those of the 60s generation who revered him as a role model, is that your race, ethnic background and religion are not important. What matters is your character. In other words what matters is not what you are, but who you are. The millennial generation has turned this on its head. Suddenly, in our age of identity politics, your colour, ethnic background, religion, and sexual identity become the most important part of your personalty.

The response of some of the so-called young militants does not represent the position of the vast majority of Negroes. There are some who are color-consumed and they see a kind of mystique in blackness or in being colored, and anything non-colored is condemned. We do not follow that course …

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968)

His comments above could have been directed to today’s “color-consumed” leaders of the Women’s March.

Martin Luther King never condemned people for being white, he condemned them for being racist. For being racist is a choice. If you rant about white privilege, or white middle-aged men, you are condemning people for things they cannot change. They cannot be anything else. By condemning an ethnic group because of past privilege, real or imagined, you are condemning the individual for acts over which he has no control. In today’s Intersectional group-think, members of the “wrong” ethnic groups are expected to denounce their own community. For example, if Jewish people wish to be part of the progressive community, they are now required to atone for their original sin by denouncing Zionism, the liberation movement of the Jewish people, and to condemn the existence of Israel, the Jewish homeland. It reminds me of the Spanish Inquisition, where Jews were expected to denounce their beliefs, or face expulsion (or worse).

If you are inspired by Martin Luther King’s vision , then the idea that that an individual’s place in the world is decided by his ethnicity is fundamentally racist. The current generation has corrupted his dream to an obscene degree, to the extent that the leaders of the Women’s March support and defend a blatant anti-Semite.

The position of the Women’s March leadership, regarding anti-Semitism, is not only unethical; their hypocrisy undermines their own struggle for equality for women and people of colour. For if one type of racism is acceptable, then why not another. Racism is wrong, always.

In the end, Linda Sarsour decided to act only after actress and activist Alyssa Milano (one of the pioneers of the #metoo movement) and women’s March co-founder Teresa Shook, condemned the movements failure to distance itself from anti-Semitism. Sarsour put out a statement that the group wants to have a better relationship with the Jewish community (although still no clear condemnation of Farrakhan).

If she really wants a better relationship with Jews, she would be well advised to read some of Martin Luther Kings thoughts on the subject:

There are Hitlers loose in America today, both in high and low places,” … “As the tensions and bewilderment of economic problems become more severe, history(’s) scapegoats, the Jews, will be joined by new scapegoats, the Negroes. The Hitlers will seek to divert people’s minds and turn their frustrations and anger to the helpless, to the outnumbered. Then whether the Negro and Jew shall live in peace will depend upon how firmly they resist, how effectively they reach the minds of the decent Americans to halt this deadly diversion. …

Martin Luther King, Jr. (May 14, 1958)

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When I’m not a poet, novelist, or writer of short stories, I’m a writer of creative non-fiction exploring Self, Food, Society and History. www.mosheforman.com

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