March on Washington

When I first heard Glenn Bleck is planning a march on Washington on the same day that Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech, I thought it was quite funny. Colbert said, “Finally! Someone to bring the MLK movement back to its Conservative, white roots!”

It seems like just a couple of months ago that Beck was warning all of his followers to be very very aware of those who preach economic and social justice. When Mr. King was assassinated, however, he wasn’t necessarily campaigning for civil rights. He was in Memphis supporting a strike by the garbage workers there–in other words, campaigning for economic justice. Consider this speech by King, for example, given in 1967 protesting the Vietnam War.

“This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into veins of people normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

And that is what Dr. King was about. His dream will never be fully realized until we know what he really stood for.

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