The latter should never have been an issue, if one considers the Constitution. It starts with the words "We the people…" after all.
However, history and tradition are what they are, and Dr. King resisted passionately but passively. It is perhaps only his death, and the manner in which it came about, that cast his beliefs in stone, never to be erased or moved again. It is debatable whether that would have been the case to this intensity had he not been assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968.
It is usually the death of someone that casts the unimportant into the arena of the profound, the common into the extraordinary, and the mundane into the exceptional.
Dr. King's goal was not unimportant, common or mundane, so his death was destined to catapult the entire agenda of civil rights and passive resistance into the stratosphere, causing permanent changes in this country.
If we stand in 2012, and take Dr. King's most famous of his utterances, "I have a dream…" and the color of one's skin statement following that, and we hold that as a template over history since that fateful day in April 1968, it is inescapable to conclude that many black leaders today wish he didn't make that statement. That statement appears to be a thorn in their side when it comes to the color of people's skin as opposed to the content of their character.
Perhaps if Dr. King had said that as long as there are white people in society, black folks would never be freed from discrimination. Or, the greatest enemy of the black population is white people. That is what their actions suggest and what some loudly profess.
Many black parents teach their children about slavery and discrimination, and rightly so, but also ingrain into them their own personal responsibility to pursue their goals. In a post-King era there are no laws prohibiting anyone in this country from achieving all that one can desire.
There will always be bigots, racists, and homophobes. As long as the law does not prohibit one from achieving one's goals and desires, bigots, racists and homophobes that one encounters are like obstacles found in any course, hills and valleys in any journey. It's up to individuals to intelligently navigate the course that leads to their goals. All people are subject to these obstacles. No one escapes them.
Unfortunately, many black parents not only teach their children about slavery and discrimination, but teach them that the white man owes them his wealth because he stole it from their ancestors. That is tantamount to child abuse in addition to it being inaccurate. Child abuse because children become unable to navigate these obstacle courses, setting them on a path to utter destruction and poverty. Or slavery, if you will.
Dr. King's crusade against the abuses of the civil rights of people was against the laws that prohibited Claudette Colvin and Rosa Parks from sitting in a bus where they wanted to. No, not only prohibited, but made it illegal, punishable by the state.
Most people, white or black, would not have batted an eyelid where anyone sat in a bus if the law didn't spark their political combustion.
This is not the time to consider who enacted those unjust laws although it would make for a piece of interesting history, perhaps standing some contemporary beliefs on their head. It would be more productive to identify the modern day robbers of liberty from the people and, like Dr. King, dream that there would come a day when people would be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
The so-called black leadership destroys black people who dare to rise to the levels of their expectations and desires and lynch them if they dare to wander off the plantation of victimhood.
In the process several generations of black families have been decimated. More black youths are in jail than any other group; more are unemployed than any other group; more are in poverty than any other group; more are totally illiterate while possessing high school diplomas, than any other group.
Since the laws have been made color-neutral, there is no excuse for this sorry state of affairs in which the black family has been dumped by their fellow blacks.
Instead of shepherding their children onto the path of liberty and prosperity, they rather hoodwinked them, dragged them off onto their plantations to do their bidding and let them fall into squalor and misery, while banking the profits of these poor people's labor. Doesn't that sound like slavery?
They dare not propose that black people should be judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin, for at that moment, they would be exposed as the architects of the greatest tragedy that ever befell the black people of this country, since slavery was abolished.
Who will be the Dr. King of these lost generations?