Monday, January 14, 2008

Political Reflection - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

During an interview on Fox News Network, Hillary Clinton appeared to diminish the role Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. played in the civil rights movement. She said it was not hope inspired by King that made the difference but President Lyndon Johnson’s decision to fight for and sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.

In a comment responding to the entire context of Senator Clinton’s response to the role of Martin Luther King in the Civil Rights Movement Greg Gaylord wrote: “Hillary wants us to believe that LBJ would have signed the Civil Right Act without a popular mandate? Hillary wants us to believe that LBJ was more inspirational than Martin Luther King , Jr. Did LBJ have a dream? Other than POWER and the thirst to achieve power? President Johnson signing the Civil Right Act was momentous. But the blood, sweat, and tears of the movement was represented by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hillary is not deserving of the power we entrust to a President. She seeks the office believing that it is power and not the hopes, desires and philosophies of civil leaders amongst us that truly changes our lives.”

Senator Clinton argued on "Meet the Press" that a president was needed in addition to the dream. I will give Hillary the benefit of the doubt and accept her explanation of what she meant. Her point was that President Lyndon Baines Johnson was the one who "actually” passed the civil rights legislation.

Hillary has given Black America a reason to unite and vote for Obama. We have in Senator Obama the chance to elect a president that has the dream, hope, and vision to unite this country.
As president, Barack Obama will have the same opportunities and resources that were available to President Johnson when he signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. He will also have the "dream" and the office of The Presidency to make real changes in our lives.

We have the chance of a life time, to witness the manifestations of the promises made by God to Martin Luther King and to our forefathers. Senator Obama must win in South Carolina. We don’t have the luxury of time therefore, we need to unite as a people. I believe that God has given us this moment in time to use the vote to save ourselves.

Vera Richardson is the author of “A Case of Racial Discrimination and Retaliation Real or Imagined.”

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