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43rd Anniversary of the March on Washington

@ 09:47 PM (102 months, 18 days ago)

Today, August 28, is the 43rd anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (frequently referred to as the "March on Washington").

And of course the highlight of the March on Washington was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream Speech."

One of the things that I find really interesting is how, in recent years, Republicans have twisted Dr. King's words in his "I Have a Dream" Speech, to say that he would be an opponent of affirmative action.

Speficially, they cite the line "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" and baselessly advance the theory that if he were alive today, Dr. King would not support affirmative action.

What the right-wing won't tell you, though, is that Dr. King believed in corrective programs.  He once said "A society that has done something special against the Negro for hundreds of years must now do something special for the Negro."

And one of my favorite quotes from Dr. King, came from the letter he wrote while in the Birmingham Jail.  He wrote in part "the time is always ripe to do right."   In other words, Dr. King believed in changing course when necessary; he believed in course correction.

I may not have been born when the March on Washington took place, but I sure reaped its benefits.  So on this 43rd anniversary, I'd like to show an attitude of gratitude for all of those who marched on that day.

The Right Has a Dream
Martin Luther King as an Opponent of Affirmative Action