Photo of Rev. Al with his dunce cap. I am told I am not allowed to criticize the Rev. Al and that black people can choose their own leaders. I agree with the latter only.
Al Sharpton is in DC addressing 20,000 black and Hispanic supporters in an effort to recreate Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech. He said some great things but the purpose of the march was absurd – to fight for civil rights they already have and to rail against photo ID’s.
Sharpton referred to “Dreams are for those who won’t accept reality as it is, so they dream of what is not there and make it possible.” He said, “It’s movement time,” “Keep dreaming,” “Redeem the dream” and “We still have work to do.”
He criticized a young, black, male culture that tends to embrace guns and violence, but it was more in the way of an add-on.
“Don’t disrespect your women. Make it clear that you know that Rosa Parks wasn’t no ‘ho,’ and (voting rights activist) Fannie Lou Hamer wasn’t no b—,” Sharpton bellowed from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
He also criticized a society that he said leaves these young men without a moral compass. “We need to give them dreams again, not to worry about sagging pants, but sagging morality,” Sharpton said. “If we told them who they could be and what they could do, they would pull up their pants and get to work.”
Then he moved on to the real purpose of the march – condemning the Supreme Court’s striking down of parts of the Voting Rights Act, apparently in the belief that after 50 years, blacks and other minorities haven’t evolved to the point at which they can obtain a photo ID to vote.
Don’t they take out library books, drive, or buy plane tickets?
Much of the protest centered around the need to strike down all state laws that require photo ID’s to register to vote.
If people aren’t able to figure out a way to get a photo ID, are they really able to understand what voting means?
Last year, I walked around with flyers for a Republican congressional candidate to discover that ACORN had people positioned in the nursing homes, which housed the elderly, infirm, and many in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The ACORN people ‘registered’ them and ‘helped’ them to vote. When I tried to speak with the same patients, I was refused admittance. Interestingly, they were almost all registered Democrats.
What about the rights of the rest of us who are having our voting rights taken away from us? Not requiring proper ID to even register to vote allows for unrestrained voter fraud. This entire movement to eliminate voter ID laws is aimed at making it easier to corrupt the vote.
Is this how we really want to remember Martin Luther King Jr.?