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My Own Dream for America

By: Joe Walsh •  Aug. 28, 2013 

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you should know that today is the anniversary, as over the last week, every columnist, pundit and cable news host has been emphatically asking if Dr. King’s dream has been realized.

In the build-up to this momentous occasion, many people have invoked King’s legacy to promote their own various causes. Yesterday, President Obama was asked by morning radio host Tom Joyner what King would think of Obamacare . The president quickly responded that King, “would like it.” While our commander-in-chief usurped King’s dream to selfishly promote his own legacy, our country’s race-baiter-in-chief, Rev. Al Sharpton is using this week to push back against the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling to strike down parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Of all the commentators who have been  asking whether King’s dream has been achieved, FOX News’ Juan Williams seems to be the only one with whom I agree. When asked by Chris Wallace if the dream has been fulfilled, Williams noted that there isn’t, “any question that [African Americans] have come along way,” before importantly pointing out that blacks have to address the problems that are created within their communities. “I think that if you look at the realities of today, you’ve got to talk about things like family breakdown,” Williams said. “You’ve got to talk about the fact that 70 percent of black children today are born out of wedlock. I think Dr. King would cry.”

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I agree with Juan, but 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.

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.





37 Responses to “My Own Dream for America”

  1. CWJE says:

    Good idea, but it is too limited. There is no reason to limit these as dreams to blacks. These are ideas that are true for all Americans, regardless of race or creed.

  2. Leah Steuer says:

    Dear Wonderful Joe— You are simply the best and applaud you for saying all that you have said.
    It is enough race baiting from the blacks and what you said about the breakdown of the black families is spot on.

    BRAVO TO YOU. WISH WE HAD MORE LIKE YOU. LOVE LEAH

  3. John D says:

    Mr. Walsh,
    I don’t always agree with everything you say but on this issue you are absolutely right. I am a black man living in NYC and I am sick and tired when publications like the Huffington Post publishes a misleading headline about your comments. I am sick and tired of enablers like Al Sharpton and others who uses hot button issues to benefit themselves at the expense of black people. I am also tired of the Democratic Party that see blacks as a monolithic group that will vote for them if they throw freebies our way. It is sickening and I am tired of it. Your comments are exactly what most African Americans want for their community and families.. We as a nation need to denounce the bating by news organizations and individuals who have no interest in the betterment of African Americans. I am sure MLK wants the same things for African Americans that you mentioned.

    GOOD JOB

  4. Beryl Nichols says:

    SPOT ON Joe!
    The Civil Rights Movement has backfired because they have accentuated racial discrimination and not PARENTING. Bill Cosby addressed it a few years ago but I guess he decided it was a lost cause because he shut up.
    Most of the problems we are faced with today, black and white, originate in the FAMILY. People today learned how to “game the system” from their parents. That’s where your beliefs are born. I keep waiting for Jesse Jackson to offer a few words about the thief he raised. I guess he hasn’t been able to find anyone to blame but himself. He always has an answer for everything else. Everything starts at home.

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  8. letty bromenschenkel says:

    Pavlov’s Dog : : : “stimulus response” ~ If I just keep giving my dog unlimited treats, she will never: stop barking, sit, shag a ball, she will not even eat her nutritious dog food and will explode
    They have first in everything affirmative action, 1 trillion in enterprise zones, CRA, welfare, free everything.
    They just keep barking : MORE FREE everything and even that is not enough .

  9. letty bromenschenkel says:

    The success code is:
    1. Get an education or skills training. 2. Get a job. 3. Show up on time and do your job. 4. Earn promotions and advance your skills . 5. Live within your means 6. Save and invest and again save and invest . 7. Stop living a high risk lifestyle. 8. Be 100% responsible for all of your obligations and responsibilities. 9. Stop having kids you cannot afford. 10. Stop dumping your self created misery on everyone else and stop blaming everyone else .

    • Ivan Cohen says:

      The high risk lifestyle can also be applied to the LGBT group. Getting a job is one thing being able to create a job for one’s self is even better. Emphasis has always been put on working for someone else. Entreprenurship is not stressed enough in the black community. Saving gets mentioned now and then but never investing. It’s no secret that non-black workers put their earnings to work to via investments. In other words their money is earning money for them. It is easy to say “live within your means” however advertisers don’t take that into consideration, they market to everybody. Those who can afford and those who can’t afford. I have never seen an ad with a disclaimer of ” if you can’t afford it don’t even think about buying it.” Urban and suburban residents alike live the “high risk lifestyle.” Saying it to one group while exempting the other group reeks of hypocrisy.
      Considering the low birth rates of mainstream America how feasible or advisable is it to tell someone stop having children they can’t afford? Some of those same children when they come of age are going to be taking up arms in defense of this country. Remember, Russia closed the door on adoption of white babies who would have later became Americanized.

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    • Ajay says:

      No offense but it kind of bothers me not only as an African American but as person that ur saying that “Blacks” should be responsible when you owe ur ex-wife over 100,000 of child support, the number may not be as high maybe ur right??? But nine years??? that’s almost a Decade, My mother and father weren’t married when I was born but my father was there at every, important event either Birthday or graduation, even baptism. On of my favorite memories going to his house over the summer from the ages 9-18. Yes I do understand that their are alot of African American males who leave there kids but….It seems like it’s the pot callin the kettle Black (No pun intended) And I don’t mean to sound rude or call you names or anything that extreme. I Just want to know why, why a person who hasn’t given his ex-wife child support in “nine years” has the right to tell African Americans how to parent???

      • Ajay says:

        P.S. All I want is an answer nothing more and nothing less, I believe(hope I spelled that right) Name calling, won’t do any good because I just want to question answered so if you read this I hope you reply because I would really like to hear your reponse. And Again I not asking to be a jerk this is just something that I have been wondering for awhile and i hope I’ll get a reply soon

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