Rev. King’s Civil Rights Movement is Dead
Last week, in my first foray into the Zimmerman-Martin quagmire, I wondered whether “moral standards and personal responsibility [are] merely white racist concepts or are these issues that transcend racial politics.” Wading Into the Zimmerman-Martin Debate 7/17/13 I also called Jesse Jackson a “former civil rights icon”, id. While Jackson marched along with Rev. King at the apex of the Black Civil Rights Movement in the 60s, he has become an irrelevant prop/puppet in the purported civil rights movement of today. Led by the likes of huckster Al Sharpton and appropriated by hardcore racists like the New Black Panther Party, the Rev. King would not recognize today’s so-called “civil rights movement” in all its permutations. What happened to the original Civil Rights Movement of yesteryear? (block quote excerpted from “The Decline of the Civil-Rights Establishment” By SHELBY STEELE Wall Street Journal 7/22/13)
Today’s black leadership pretty much lives off the fumes of moral authority that linger from its glory days in the 1950s and ’60s.
This would not be the first time that a movement begun in profound moral clarity, and that achieved greatness, waned away into a parody of itself…
The Revs. Jackson and Sharpton have been consigned to a hard fate: They can never be more than redundancies, echoes of the great men they emulate because America has changed. Hard to be a King or Mandela today when your monstrous enemy is no more than the cherubic George Zimmerman.
Put bluntly, [today’s black leadership] rather easily tolerates black kids killing other black kids.
The purpose of today’s civil-rights establishment is not to seek justice, but to seek power for blacks in American life based on the presumption that they are still, in a thousand subtle ways, victimized by white racism.
The Zimmerman/Martin tragedy has been explosive because it triggered a fight over authority. Who gets to say what things mean—the supporters of George Zimmerman, who say he acted in self-defense, or the civil-rights establishment that says he profiled and murdered a black child?
And here, precisely at the point of [the Zimmerman] verdict, is where all of America begins to see this hollowed-out civil-rights establishment slip into pathos.
This is how a once-great social movement looks when it becomes infested with obsolescence.
One wants to scream at all those outraged at the Zimmerman verdict: Where is your outrage over the collapse of the black family? Today’s civil-rights leaders swat at mosquitoes like Zimmerman when they have gorillas on their back. Seventy-three percent of all black children are born without fathers married to their mothers. And you want to bring the nation to a standstill over George Zimmerman?
If there is anything good to be drawn from the Zimmerman/Martin tragedy, it is only the further revelation of the corruption and irrelevance of today’s civil-rights leadership.
How many more anonymous Trayvons (see Chicago, et al) must die before a new civil-right’s leadership emerges? This new civil-rights leadership must work for the entire black community and not for personal aggrandizement. The new civil-rights leadership must recognize and acknowledge that people of all races can and will work together to raise us all up. By “Grizzly Joe”