Monday, August 26, 2013

Then-Now, You Make the Call

This weekend we appropriately celebrated the 50 year anniversary of Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s brilliant iconic speech at the Lincoln Memorial.  This speech was the culmination of the famous civil rights March on Washington in 1963.  Anyone who denies the awesome progress blacks have gained since the civil rights struggle in the '60s and 70's, when racism existed and blacks were discriminated against in far too many pockets of this country, is denying reality.

While there can be no doubt that there was far too much racism in the nation in the 1960's that does not exist today, a different disturbing phenomena seems to exist today that did not exist in the '60s.  It actually seems to me that the nation, while more racist then, was in some ways more united at that time then it is now.  The people of this country [black and white], during the civil rights movement [back then], seemed more united in coming together to right the wrongs of the past and truly have America live up to its ideals of  "One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Today, while racism and discrimination surely does not exist as it did 50 years ago,  the country actually seems more divided racially now than it did then.  Can there be any more evidence of such a racially divided country exhibited than in blacks and whites different reactions to the O.J. Simpson and George Zimmerman verdicts?  As I said earlier, anyone who denies the progress made in this country since the '60s is denying reality;  I also say anyone who denies the increased racial divide in this country today is also denying reality. 

I keep trying to think of the cause of this increasing racial divide in the twenty first century?  Then I thought of the leaders back then as compared to those of today.  I will leave it up to you to decide if that could be one of the contributing factors of the increased divide among the races.

So, let's look at the leaders,

THEN







NOW:








You decide

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

By their very words,there are those who tend to want to unite and those who continue to want to divide!

I have made my decision.
This blog helped to confirm it!

CGW

Big Mike said...

Me too CGW! I align with he uniters. :-)