Martin Luther King Jr Day would not have been created if the United States of America had lived up to its professed ideals. There would have been no slavery after the new nation was formed in 1789, and everyone in the new United States would have had an equal opportunity to “pursue happiness”.
The past 225 years have given more than enough time for people of good will to bring their actions into alignment with their mouths. Having forked-tongues and being two-faced is not flattering. It does not encourage people to trust you. You have been hung by the words of your own “Founding Fathers”:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The words above ring hollow and were deceitful because “We the People” did not include millions of humans living here who you codified in the same constitution as property and/or undesirable.
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This is what I believe and honest expression of the American Dream of many in the US, Now and in 1789, really should say:
We, the affluent and powerful white Christian leaders of America have a dream that this nation should be “the promised land of milk and honey” for ourselves and our children. We cleared the land of its original people and claimed it for ourselves. As we took the “Indians’” lands we brought you minority and poor white humans here to work it for us. Later, when we gave ourselves independence and freedom from our king, we kept you in slavery and poverty to help build our wealth. When we had a civil war over which rich and powerful people would control of the young nation’s government and economy, we couldn’t decide for years if we wanted to let you fight for your own freedom. When we changed the constitution to make slavery illegal we did not pay you for all the murder, uncompensated work and pain that we brought into your lives. We allowed your former southern masters to create a new form of slavery called Jim Crow which was designed to keep your people out of political, economic and legal power. We also helped our “Captains of Industry” to abuse poor people of all races and ages in the industrial empires of this nation. Outside of the former slave states, we allowed and encouraged racial discrimination against minorities knowing it negatively affected every aspect of your lives. We wanted you in poverty and out of our neighborhoods, jobs and churches. We tolerated and encouraged discrimination against you across the nation in the years that followed. And when your people wanted to participate in the legal, political and social life of this nation we told you to be patient and wait.
We, the REAL AMERICANS, know that “freedom and the pursuit of happiness” were never meant for you. Some Supreme Court justices have even said that from the bench.
Stop causing us so much anxiety by asking us to be the people we claim to be in our public statements. We’re getting sick and tired of all your agitation and we want to find a way to turn the clock back to a better time. Do not obstruct our police when they abuse you. That is part of their job as overseers. The United States of America is our war prize. We beat down everyone who got in our way. Its bounty is now for our children. You must work to fulfill our dreams.
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Enough of your delusional dreams!
To the affluent and powerful white “Christian” leaders of America, I say that we do understand you. You want to keep the wealth of the nation while you rule and control everyone else.
You mistakenly believe you understand us.
You don’t. You never did. That is why our struggle for our freedom will continue in spite of your oppression and suppression.
Article by Stephen Maddox, Sr.