The Pen is mightier than the sword, but the Pen must sometimes move the sword against corruption if the corrupt are not moved by the pen.. An idea without an implementer is useless. "The Rulers do not carry the sword in vain"Rom 13:4

Sunday, January 12, 2014

I've seen the Promised land, I've been to the Mountain top. MLKjr

As I was listening to the unquestionably inspiring speech "I've been to the mountain top"  by MLKjr just prior to his death, I found something quite curious. Think about this and see if you can work it out.

In his dream speech he says "The Negro lives on a lonely Island of Poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity".

In his "A knock at midnight" sermon he says that "we are so poor.. the federal government has enough money to fix all that"

In this speech he says:

Always anchor our external direct action with the power of economic withdrawal. Now, we are poor people. Individually, we are poor when you compare us with white society in America. We are poor......

Then, he adds this, which seems to be a glaring contradiction.

"Never stop and forget that collectively -- that means all of us together -- collectively we are richer than all the nations in the world, with the exception of nine. Did you ever think about that? After you leave the United States, Soviet Russia, Great Britain, West Germany, France, and I could name the others, the American Negro collectively is richer than most nations of the world. We have an annual income of more than thirty billion dollars a year, which is more than all of the exports of the United States, and more than the national budget of Canada. Did you know that? That's power right there, if we know how to pool it."

He continues to say there are  "6 or 7 Black Insurance companies in Memphis".. insure with them.

It seems strange that during a speech about ending segregation and discrimination, he is actually advocating it? Economic apartheid is the only way of describing this plan.  Yes..I 'get' it... it is a response to the social ill treatment of blacks for so long. But once again, I don't see how six or seven black insurance companies seems like 'poverty'. Those in just one city...Memphis. Why is it necessary to shift from social issues to economic? I've no great  sympathy for the existing 'white' (so called) economic institutions except that they were not consciously 'white'.  Insurance is a business, not a social contract. I don't see how the color of a persons skin can influence how much they pay for insurance? (perhaps there was some kind of discrimination there..I really don't know)

I don't want to enter into any picking on Dr King situation, I do accept there were problems such as discrimination and segregation, and a degree of poverty (which was shared by many poor whites at the same time.) It's just that crying 'poor' and in the next breath saying your people have more econonic power than the total of US exports.... just does not seem to sit well with poverty. (perhaps like the Rolex watch Dr King wore when he was saying these things) No one is perfect and hoping to find it in Dr King is a fools errand. But his record should be scrutinized like all of us. 

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