Dr. King’s reverie dead and buried.
Mass Appeal Commentary
SELMA — Okay, who are we fooling? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “dream” is dead, deceased and extirpated. There’s really no point in sugarcoating the obvious. Dr. King’s sweet reverie in 1963 – which encompasses racial harmony, economic ascension and educational prosperity – has been, by all accounts, ‘deep-sixed’ as we settle into a somewhat precarious 2017. Remember the “Freedom 2 Twerk” party flyer that went viral in 2014?
You know, the teenage poster that contained an image of Dr. King’s headshot superimposed on a gold-chain-donning, gang-sign-flaunting street hood which, in my opinion, still serves as a textbook example of the generational disconnect that continues to handicap the urban community.
— FreedomToTwerk (@FreedomToTwerk) July 17, 2014
For many young people, Dr. King’s memory signifies a day off from work and/or school and, as adults, it’s mostly our fault because we should know better. During a recent interview on CNN, Dr. Bernice King (King’s daughter) addressed the aforementioned promotional banner by labeling a large chunk of today’s 30-and-under demographic “ignorant” and she’s probably right.
But the idiocy she’s referring to must’ve been inherited from a 31-and-older demographic that continues to shortchange our kids. Bad parenting typically equates to bad children and it’s infrequent to see one subsist without the other.
See, the real problem behind the socioeconomic predicament in impoverished communities rests solely with indolence. We’re talking complacency within politics, education and parenting. Notice yours truly left out religion. Yes, that exclusion was intentional because those of us with common sense understand that our Lord and Savior assists those who assists themselves first.
— Marc Perrone (@Marc_Perrone) January 15, 2016
Speaking of assist… contrary to Fox News and general public opinion, African-Americans aren’t economic bottomfeeders because of simplemindedness. Disgruntled blacks are median-income cellar-dwellers because everyone assumes someone else is going to do the dirty work for them.
Truth be told, uninformed voters continue to support and/or elect the same marionettes for political representation, yet wonder why economic progress has reached a stalemate. That brings us to Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who are probably good men.
But, given the fact African-Americans rank dead last in every key economic category, it’s probably safe to conclude their political impact means diddly squat on Capitol Hill. Don’t mean to beat a dead horse. But, at some point, blacks must come to the realization you don’t need a leader to finish last.
You can hit rock bottom by your damn self.
Also, too many people are quick to cry ‘foul’ when addressing the failing nature of our nation’s public education system. But ask any teacher and he or she will tell you there’s no parental urgency to coerce slacking children into performing adequately inside the classroom.
Look, you can blame politicians if you want. But legislators can only do so much. For positive change to transpire, parents need to get off their butts. It’s as simple as that.
Then there’s crime.
As body-bag counts escalate, the urban community has taken over the lead in post-homicidal prayer vigils which is ironic because you stand a better chance of winning the Power Ball than coaxing a brotha or sistah to cough up a tip.
More food for thought… in America, black-on-black infliction is so frequent, many urban communities nationwide are celebrating King’s holiday by making Monday a “No Shots Fired” day aimed at the NRA. Heck, with that being the case, it’s probably no coincidence practically every street named after Dr. King remains tarnished with senseless gun violence.
As previously mentioned, chronic lethargy coupled with immense finger-pointing underscore the socioeconomic quandary in Urban America. Neither peril has affiliation with Dr. King’s fantasy.
He has to be rolling over in his grave.