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Somewhere I Read

Posted in News, Sports, Trending with tags , , , on September 28, 2017 by geniusscribbleink

 

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“All we say to America is be true to what you said on paper.”-Martin Luther King Jr.

 

The conclusion of “The Dream” that was Martin Luther King Jr’s open letter to the American people, has long been echoed through the hallowed hallways of American history. I would think that it would be difficult for anyone with auditory perception to not have heard the ground shaking voice of King, as his words of liberation and accountability always seem to find a way to touch the nerves of our hidden souls. To this very day I get chills when listening to his oratory pontification that forced even his greatest adversaries to not only stand at attention, but in fact it would be the very power of his vocal chords that would strike fear in their foundation to the point that he was of course assassinated in lieu of their fear of his empowerment.  It is the precursor to his death that inspired this blog entry, as I have been noticeably inactive in my writing not due to a lack of motivation, but more to the point that I usually write not for quantity or foot traffic, but I write for change in the hopes that my words can inspire a difference in this world. In our waking life, we are confronted by a plethora of issues causing social unrest at a regurgitated rate, as protest, bigotry, anger, violence and yes racism has engulfed our news cycle at an alarming continuum. If one was to blink, he or she would think this modern-day scorched Earth that is America was capsulated via cryopreservation in the mental temperament of the 1960’s.  Yes indeed history is repeating itself as we continue to search for sound leadership during this crisis, only to find empty rhetoric from a governing body of empty puppets serving under the guidance of a megalomaniac totalitarian.  Who will save us from ourselves this time?  A disturbing question as we dwell in a land of the misinformed, the misled and yes the miseducated.  I find myself searching for sound reasoning as well, as I decided that my best recourse was to revisit the temperament of the historical time frame of the 1960’s, and I found myself pausing at one of Martin Luther King Jr’s speeches. It so happens that this would be his final speech days before he was assassinated. It would dubbed as the “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech.

In reviewing the words from the “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech I came across a segment that I felt was apropos for one of today’s greatest controversy which is the protest by Colin Kaepernick regarding the kneeling during the presentation of the American flag during NFL games due to his belief that blacks and people of color are being oppressed in our country, a and are being victimized by being shot while being unarmed by rogue police officers who in turn receive no consequences for their actions within the judiciary process after said acts were committed.  Just to reiterate this was never about anything other than those things and was never an anti-anthem or an anti-military protest. This was a silent protest that evolved from him first sitting and then opting to kneel out of respect of a former military personnel who convinced him to kneel instead; to which Colin complied. But let us not rehash the entire scenario as it has been completely bludgeon to death. My real subject is not what he’s protesting as much as it is about his right to protest because it was written into the bylaws of this country. It is why I extracted this measure from King’s “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop” speech where he stated the following: “If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions. Maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn’t committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech.  Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. And so just as I say, we aren’t going to let dogs or water hoses turn us around, we aren’t going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on.” I wish I could drop the mic right there and end this blog, but I must conclude my train of thought and lead you back to the proverbial well of reality. We do not live in China nor Russia, in fact Bruce Springsteen’s greatest hit loudly proclaimed our place of origin: “Born In The U.S.A”!  And being that this is our place of birth, there is nothing written in our bylaws that says our neighbors, co-workers, friends, enemies, pastors, politicians, fireman, policeman, religious zealot, racists, paying patron, season ticket holders, social media thug, white supremacist and et al I failed to list, gets to dictate what patriotism is let alone what freedom of speech and assembly should look like. Anyone who believes otherwise I challenge you to read. I challenge you to tell me what your moral meter is! I challenge you to ask yourself why your values should proceed the value of other fellow Americans living under the same inherited rights as you that is protected within the bylaws of this country. But most important who gave you the license to feel that in a land made up of a multitude of race, religions, genders and creeds do you think that there can only be one way?  If this is your train of thought and you believe there is only one way or else, then much like the fictional Siths who deal in only absolutes, you too are not an actual American. You actually want to live in China or Russia where there is one set of rules with no questions asked, because they have committed themselves to this type of logic. Perhaps it is time for you to rethink your location instead of asking fellow American’s to leave because you don’t like them disturbing something you can easily turn off for 30 seconds and reconvene afterwards. I must say the irony of ignorance is abundantly clear, as people are angry proclaiming they are avid patriots for America, but yet they still fail to know the laws which govern the country they are so proud of. Martin Luther King Jr. stated “I read somewhere”; well herein lies our greatest issue, he actually read the laws that govern our land that people are now choosing to ignore. And all the people who are protesting as citizens of these United States of America is asking is “be true to what you said on paper”. #it was written #on the mountaintop

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MLK: Normalcy Never Again

Posted in News with tags , on January 15, 2014 by geniusscribbleink

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January 15th is one of the most acknowledged days of recognition in the history of the United States. Not only is it the ides of January, but it is also the birthdate of what many in the world believe to be the greatest orator to ever live. Yes, Martin Luther King Jr.’s impactful depiction of a dream, captivated the conscious of America during a time of social duress and blatant inequality. Although we know his monumental speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th of 1963 to be called the “I Have A Dream” speech. The original draft of the said speech was initially entitled “Normalcy Never Again”. What is ironic is the fact that the “I Have A Dream” speech would become a segue to a condition of a black community that would seemingly have “normalcy never again”. Yes, the “dream warrior” that is Martin Luther King Jr., once suggested that: “It may well be that the Negro is God’s instrument to save the soul of America.” In fact, in his “I Have A Dream” speech, Martin Luther King Jr. elicited: “With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope”. It is from his sermonic dissertations that we can surmise that Martin Luther King Jr. had envisioned a heightened conscious as it pertained to plight of the African-American moving forward. Granted, the financial successes of the African-Americans in this country has led to heightened power, however, it is the conscious/awareness of the African-American as it pertains to the image of our internal “self-esteem and identity, that has hit a virtual bottomless pit of degradation. If I was to take poetic license in editing and modernizing the “I Have A Dream” speech, it would include a significant list of dream aspirations. I would off start by saying I Have A Dream that: 1) We stop wearing our pants sagging 2) We stop having more fathers in jail than in their households 3) We become more educated and less ignorant 4) We take pride in our communities 5) We work hard on a plan instead of working on a quick scheme 6) We don’t sell out our people via entertainment for the sake of financial gain 7) We preserve our history by knowing our history 8) We stress education over material infatuation 9) We teach young ladies about their minds before their bodies 10) We return God to his rightful place inside our households instead of the misled confines of morally absolved churches. These are my dream edits and I’m sure that these same sentiments would be echoed tenfold if Martin Luther King Jr. was here see the current state of the black community in its entirety. A community that embraces genocidal tendencies more than cultural preservation. A community, that much like a misplaced tribe, has no concepts of its origin and its ancestral plight. “Normalcy never again” is apropos in describing an ethnicity in the wake of an aftermath of its slain leader, whose conscious dream has long been forgotten. It is only remembered on one calendar day instead of being embraced in our daily lifestyle as an elementary standard throughout our cultural atmosphere. Are we better off today than we were during the Civil Rights movement? Or has our dreams come in the form of material greed and degradation. I see more black-facing minstrel acts being portrayed by African-Americans, symbolizing that we are not beyond the exploitive, self-inflicted gun wounds that our leaders once fought so hard to abolish. Is this a dream or the harsh remnants of a nightmare? Most importantly I ask, did our hopes die on the Lorraine Hotel balcony along with the heartbeat of a man who loved to dream like no other. #normalcy never again