There are many ways to commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest speeches of all time, but swapping out Dr. King’s words to suit a personal agenda isn’t something we’d recommend.
Former Tea Party favorite and one-term Illinois rep Joe Walsh shared his take on the issues plaguing black America on his radio show Wednesday. Titled “My Own Dream For America,” Walsh affects Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington with a list of pretty charged comments, under the banner view that African-Americans are plagued by “dependency on the government plantation.”
While that might be a conversation worth having, this is probably not the best way to go about it.
Per Walsh’s website, “instead of invoking King’s legacy to lament about present problems I’ve decided to share my own dream.”
“I have a dream that all black parents will have the right to choose where their kids attend school. I have a dream that all black boys and girls will grow up with a father. I have a dream that young black men will stop shooting other young black men. I have a dream that all young black men will say ‘no’ to gangs and to drugs. I have a dream that all black young people will graduate from high school. I have a dream that young black men won’t become fathers until after they’re married and they have a job. I have a dream that young unmarried black women will say ‘no’ to young black men who want to have sex. I have a dream that today’s black leadership will quit blaming racism and ‘the system’ for what ails black America. I have a dream that black America will take responsibility for improving their own lives.”
Walsh ends his questionable tirade with:
“I have a dream that one day black America will cease their dependency on the government plantation, which has enslaved them to lives of poverty, and instead depend on themselves, their families, their churches, and their communities.”
What do you think of Joe Walsh’s “My Own Dream For America” list? Would Dr. King approve?