While liberal Democrat black leaders like Al Sharpton and the Congressional Black Caucus preen over the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, conservative blacks are trying to get a different message out.
“I believe Dr. King would be saddened by the way that some of these leaders are telling Americans that they are victims and their only hope for a better future is a government handout,” Saratoga Springs, Utah, Mayor Mia Love told The Hill.
“It does nothing but keep black Americans dependent.”
The liberal policies that have expanded in Washington since 1963 when King said he looked forward to the day when his children would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” have done little more than keep blacks relying on the government instead of their abilities, Love and other conservative blacks said.
Herman Cain, the pizza company entrepreneur whose unlikely bid for the Republican presidential nomination was torpedoed by baseless accusations of sexual harassment – accusations that would have been dismissed as racist fantasies if Cain had been a liberal Democrat – called the state of race relations in the country today a matter of “shame.”
“We have lost ground, especially black people, on the number of people graduating from high school,” he told The Hill. “We have lost ground, black people, on babies born out of wedlock. We have lost ground, a bit, on racial tension: I don’t think it is as bad as the ‘50s and ‘60s but the flames have been fanned by some of the things in the media.”
Conservative columnist Star Parker wrote that even the billing for Wednesday’s celebration, where President Obama is scheduled to speak, will reflect partisan bias over an honest appraisal of the past 50 years.
“Unfortunately, the program for the ‘50th Anniversary March on Washington’ … shows that liberals who control the event have little interest in serious thought about why there have been failures,” Parker wrote Tuesday.
“Needless to say, the event is devoid of a single black conservative spokesperson.”
Cain said he doesn’t expect Obama’s speech Wednesday to improve matters much — if at all.
“There were expectations that he would set the proper tone for race relations in this country. He has not done so,” Cain said. “The things that he has been outspoken about have simply created more friction.”