🇺🇸 He Had a Dream

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HISTORY

He Had a Dream

Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy with King, Benjamin Mays, and other civil rights leaders, June 22, 1963

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday first signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. It’s celebrated on the third Monday of January each year, in honor of King’s birthday, which is January 15.

Reporting from the Right: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 5 surprising facts about the civil rights hero (Fox News)

Reporting from the Left: 5 ways to do good for MLK Day 2023 (CNN)

From The Flag: The campaign to create a national holiday in King’s honor began almost as soon as he was assassinated in 1968. Massively influential in the Civil Rights Movement, King’s legacy of racial equality, hope, and compromise endures decades later. Here’s more from both sides.


LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

We’ve Yet To Build Dr. King’s “Beloved Community” – But He Showed Us the Way

  • One of the best way’s to honor Dr. King’s legacy is by committing to helping others through service and fighting social injustice.
  • It’s important to honor Dr. King given all he helped us accomplish, but also to remember how much work still has to be done.
  • By coming together and choosing to build a community, we can overcome chaos – a lesson Dr. King taught us.

“In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., volunteer and help build community” Amber Martin-Jahn, Seattle Times Op-ed: “Dr. King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice and economic opportunity for all. The pandemic and events of the last two years have shown us that these inequities Dr. King fought to eliminate still exist in our world. King’s challenge to all of us was — and still is — to recognize the important role we play in dismantling systems of oppression and racism and creating a more just and equitable society. One way to do that is by committing to serve others through service… like cleaning up public spaces, collecting essential items for organizations fighting social injustice and facilitating dialogue that explore ways to address inequity. … Much work remains to fulfill Dr. King’s dream of a Beloved Community, but together we have the power to bring communities together, help others stand against hate, build bridges, and heal divides.”

“Remembering Dr. King” Editorial Staff, Washington Informer: “(The holiday) helps Americans measure how far we’ve come and expose successive generations to the struggle, sacrifices, and achievements Dr. King and the civil rights movement garnered in order to chip away at long-standing inequities and discrimination against Black people. Black Americans have come a long way, and their progress would make Dr. King proud. But there’s so much more work left to be done. A look at the equity landscape shows that Dr. King would still be fighting for quality education for all children, access to quality healthcare, equity in homeownership, jobs, justice and peace. … Honoring Dr. King on the holiday is a must, but more significantly is continuing to discover who he was and what he stood for… we still have a lot to learn from a man who had the faith of a mustardseed and unconquerable hope for the future.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: No room for complacency in times of chaos Bertha Davis and Martha Viehmann, Cincinnati Inquirer Op-ed


RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

MLK Jr. – An American Legend Who Defeated Racism, If the Left Would Let It Die

  • Today’s so-called civil rights leaders are unable to replicate Dr. King’s legacy because they’re fighting the racism he already helped defeat.
  • It’s important to note equality of opportunity is different from equality of outcome, which is highly relevant in debates concerning race.
  • "Woke" leftists who promote riots in opposition to Dr. King’s view for a colorblind America have no right to celebrate his holiday.

“Bad Imitations of MLK” David R. Carlin, American Thinker: “I view King as a truly great man. … (He) changed America for the better in two ways: one, by leading blacks to demand their rights; second, and even more important, by convincing whites that they had to rid both their hearts and their institutions of anti-black racism. He freed blacks from suffering racial injustice, and he freed whites from what is even worse, doing racial injustice. … The misfortune came when subsequent black leaders -- Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Black Lives Matter, and a hundred minor demagogues -- felt that they must establish their leadership credentials by imitating King. … And so these demagogues -- ‘civil rights leaders’ as the mass media call them -- have taught American blacks, especially those of the lower classes, that their many misfortunes are the result, not of any inadequacy among themselves or in their way of life, but of the continuing unfairness of a society in which ‘white privilege’ reigns.”

“MLK Day: Equal Rights Versus Equal Results” Larry Elder, The Tribune-Democrat: “On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, it becomes necessary to again remind us all of the distinction between equal rights, deserved by all, and equal results, deserved by none. … We have had nearly sixty years of ‘race-based preferences’ or affirmative action; ‘set-asides’ or special government contracts for blacks that stoke racial resentment; college admissions standards that make it easier for a black applicant compared to a white student… which has led to higher drop-out rates for blacks… and ‘a war on poverty’ that has resulted in a disastrous increase in black children entering the world without a father married to the mother. In 1975, then-Sen. Joe Biden said: ‘I do not buy the concept… In order to even the score, we must now give the black man a head start, or even hold the white man back... I don't buy that.’ For once, Biden was right.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: DEI Proponents Should Not Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Christian Watson, Newsweek Op-ed


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7 in 10 Say MLK Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech Remains Relevant

Polling data shows the majority of US adults (69%) consider King’s “I Have a Dream” speech to still be relevant today.

The majority of both Democrats (80%) and Republicans (58%) agree, although 42% of Republicans say the speech is no longer relevant.

Along racial lines, 69% of Black Americans say the speech is relevant, while 72% of White Americans say it is.

Asked if King’s dream has been realized, 41% say yes, while 34% say “only partially” (YouGov).


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