A MIND FOREVER VOYAGING THROUGH STRANGE SEAS OF THOUGHT, ALONE


This is my second blog.

My first blog chronicled my experiences over three years caring for my dad as he lived through and finally died from Alzheimer's. That is the book that is for sale.

This second blog kind of chronicles of life, what it is like to start your life over in your late 50's. After caretaking, you are damaged, file bankruptcy, and the world doesn't care what you did. After 8 months of unemployment, you wake each day knowing the world doesn't want you. Finally you do find a job, 5 weeks before homelessness, but doing what you did 30 years ago and getting paid what you did 30 years ago. So this is starting over.



The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

MARTIN'S DREAM DIED IN MEMPHIS

First of all, notice how few stories today refer to MLK as a Reverend.  I've several times in my life gotten into arguments with people who think there is a separation of church and state and pastors have no business in political discussions and I lead them on and on, naming several conservative ministers who they jump at as perfect examples of the problem and then I say "so if you were around in the 1960's, you would have opposed Rev. Martin Luther King sticking his nose and Bible into the political process?"

It gets real funny then watching them try to argue their way out of that little problem.

Martin Luther King had a dream.  In some ways it came true.  We have black SC Justices, we have black mayors, congressmen, senators and a semi black muslim president.  The glass ceiling was removed for blacks, unfortunately, the foundation of the dream died in Memphis.

I don't see any way no how MLK could look at America today and think his dream came true.  He would bow his head in mourning at the gang problems, the drug problems, the prison system, the children dying in the streets from black teens firing guns willy nilly hoping they might hit something.  He would not approve of roving gangs of black teens playing knockout on white people.  He would turn over tables at the hip hop culture with all their talk of bitches, popping, etc etc etc.

No, Martin Luther King would not be happy with black america today.  Who would of thought, within the dream speech, the majority of white america would have bought into the dream.  Most Christians today are color blind to an extent, we recognize that a black man or black woman is equal in the eyes of God as any white person; that the amount of some chemical in the skin means nothing; lost souls needing to hear the gospel is color blind.

But what happened to black america?  I will admit, the Civil Rights laws forcing blacks into housing projects, giving them just enough to eat junk food, rewarding moms for having kids out of wedlock and no husband sticking around to be responsible for his seed planting, allowing gangs to run the complexes as they wish as long as they don't step out of the circle and when they do we lock them up.  Their housing sucks, their schools suck, the system is designed to keep them stuck in suck.  Physical abuse, sexual abuse of children, trading kids for drugs.  Martin's dream died in Memphis.

I got news for you folks, if they had taken millions of white baby boomer kids in the 1960's, stuck us in housing projects with lousy schools and lousy tools in that lousy system we'd be right where black america is today.  We would be filling the prisons, we'd have grandkids by the time we were 30, we'd be wasted, not care a bit for the sanctity of life, shooting someone would have no affect on our day, rape, prison, and we'd think this is normal.

Martin's dream died in Memphis.  The people who picked up his baton were shells of men, more interested in fame and fortune, aware that if problems were actually solved, they would be out of work.  MLK would have loved to have been put out of work, for civil rights to fix the problems, and he'd happily spent his latter years preaching in a small church.


Martin's dream died in Memphis.  Martin was killed by a white man, but his dream was killed by black men and black women.


Here is the whole speech:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3P6N9g-dQg