Do Young Black Americans Care About The Things Doctor MLK Taught?

Do Young Black Americans Care About The Things Doctor MLK Taught?

 

We here some these days about a so-called ‘angry white men’ generation that we are all coexisting in. Out side of angry black folks, usually under fifty years of age, I don’t recall hearing it outside of the media and their talking heads. Aren’t you as an individual person a bit tired of being told what we are and what we think by the media and the politicians? It does appear to me that by what we get to see and hear from the media is that the current world we are living in here in America is one where the slogan ‘angry black folks’ would be more correct. I never condone violence but anger is another issue all together. Doctor King did not condone violence either yet how could he and God Himself not be angered at the conditions of how non-whites were treated here in America, especially here in the South? Did black people of the 1960’s get treated as less than equals by white American? By what I have seen on film and read in books the horrible history of our Country is that it was pathetic how some folks treated others. Are things anywhere near that bad for black Americans today? Personally I believe that the correct answer is, not close. But do black folks get treated as less than equal in some people’s eyes yet today? Of course some do, by some, but absolutely not all. Black Americans just like all Americans have the right to voice their displeasure at the high crime rates and the lack of survivable income level jobs. If you as a person, black or not, believe that your group, race related or not, is being treated unfairly we all have the right to get mad yell, scream, holler and march all that we want to, and we have the right to vote. What we do not have the right to do is to be violent, to do harm to another person or another’s property. You Cops out there, the same goes for you. No one has the right to be the aggressor. Today a person gets called a white bigot for ‘their racist’ views. Yet if a person actually listens to the words that came out of Doctor Kings mouth, was he not saying the same things? Was Doctor King a white bigot? Personally I do not believe that Doctor King was any type of bigot. Personally I believe that Doctor King was an excellent human being. In my opinion I believe that he was an excellent Christian Minister. Do I believe that he had human flaws, yes, of course he did. Did Doctor King preach for or condone any violence, not that I have heard, seen, or read. Yet he did speak reality when it came to violence. Even in his famous “I Have A Dream’ speech he spoke of up coming violence if white America did not change their ways toward other races. He did not condone that violence yet he was being a realist about it.

 

I am a white male, I spent almost all of my adult life between 1981 and 2013 behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer unit driving all over the lower 48 U.S. States and all the Provinces of Canada. I came across a lot of Police during that time, to the best of my memory I never had any trouble with any black Cops nor any Oriental Cops. The majority of Cops that I had interaction with were white males. Of the white female Cops I had interaction with I would have to say that at least half were what I would have to call ‘smart asses’. Of the white males I would have to say about 10% were also smart asses. Mostly I chalked their attitudes up to being immature punks. Hispanic Cops, I would say about 1/3 were the same. American Indian Cops, at least 2/3 were the same, arrogant punks. What I counted their actions up to was that when they seen me they just expected me to be racist because I was a white guy, personally I found that to be a sad reality. I never ever was anything but kind and mellow toward Officers because I knew the power they had in their hands to ruin my life, or even to end it if they so chose to. Of the times Officers acted like punks toward me, how many was because of race, I don’t know? How many were just punks, I don’t know that answer either. I do know that maturity is an issue that every Police Department in the Country needs to address constantly, but, so does every industry in the world. When you are wearing a uniform and you choose to act like an ass, it just gets more people’s attention. Just like if you are driving a big truck, if you drive like a moron, more people notice your stupidity, you show up more.

 

Is there still racism in America, unfortunately that answer is yes. Is it in every race, yes. Is there violence in every race, yes. Here in America it seems like the Media always pounces on the cases when a White Police Officer beats up or kills a Black person yet they seem to pretty much ignore when a Black Police Officer does the same to a person of any other race. To me, all of these aggression’s should be a front page news story, they are all wrong, they should never ever happen. Yet here is the tie in with this articles main concept with the teachings of Doctor Martin Luther King. What I have notice in at least 80% of the cases when a video pops up of a White Officer being aggressive with  a Black citizen what the video constantly shows is the Black person almost never ever simply doing what they are told to do by the Officer. I don’t remember which Black Police Chief that said on camera a couple of years ago to the citizens after Officers had killed someone they were trying to arrest, he used a great common sense statement, he said “comply and stay alive”. What video’s have shown over and over again, Black suspects being aggressive and refusing to comply with Officers orders. Would Doctor King condone these killings, of course not. Would he condone people being aggressive toward the Officers and not following the commands of the Officers, of course not. What I have said/taught to my Son who is 25 now and he is on the Autism Spectrum, any time you are in contact with a Police Officer this Officer has the ability to ruin the rest of your life, the ability to beat the hell out of you even if you are being totally nice to them, or this Officer has the ability to end your life right there where you are at. So, I have taught him to always be nice and always obey them, at once, do not argue, just do what you are told. This goes even if you believe that you are totally right and they are totally wrong, obey at once and keep your mouth shut unless they ask you a question.

 

This articles headline speaks to young Black folks and their caring or not caring about the teaching of Doctor King, there is a reason for me choosing young Black folks for this title. What I noticed throughout my travels and what I have seen of TV screens throughout the years is the ‘culture’ of young folks being, acting, out as ‘gangster’. Is this just part of the ‘Hip Hop’ culture? Folks, I’m no Genius, I don’t know the answers to all that ails us as a human race. I just want peace and kindness for all, toward all. I try my best to look at all things from the eyes, the teachings of God. All this violence, this hate, this lack of love, of caring for each other is sickening to my heart and Soul, just as it was to the heart and Soul of Doctor King and just as it is to the heart and Soul of God. Will we as a people ever change?

Do Young Black Americans Care About The Things Doctor MLK Taught?

Do Young Black Americans Care About The Things Doctor MLK Taught?

 

We here some these days about a so-called ‘angry white men’ generation that we are all coexisting in. Out side of angry black folks, usually under fifty years of age, I don’t recall hearing it outside of the media and their talking heads. Aren’t you as an individual person a bit tired of being told what we are and what we think by the media and the politicians? It does appear to me that by what we get to see and hear from the media is that the current world we are living in here in America is one where the slogan ‘angry black folks’ would be more correct. I never condone violence but anger is another issue all together. Doctor King did not condone violence either yet how could he and God Himself not be angered at the conditions of how non-whites were treated here in America, especially here in the South? Did black people of the 1960’s get treated as less than equals by white American? By what I have seen on film and read in books the horrible history of our Country is that it was pathetic how some folks treated others. Are things anywhere near that bad for black Americans today? Personally I believe that the correct answer is, not close. But do black folks get treated as less than equal in some people’s eyes yet today? Of course some do, by some, but absolutely not all. Black Americans just like all Americans have the right to voice their displeasure at the high crime rates and the lack of survivable income level jobs. If you as a person, black or not, believe that your group, race related or not, is being treated unfairly we all have the right to get mad yell, scream, holler and march all that we want to, and we have the right to vote. What we do not have the right to do is to be violent, to do harm to another person or another’s property. You Cops out there, the same goes for you. No one has the right to be the aggressor. Today a person gets called a white bigot for ‘their racist’ views. Yet if a person actually listens to the words that came out of Doctor Kings mouth, was he not saying the same things? Was Doctor King a white bigot? Personally I do not believe that Doctor King was any type of bigot. Personally I believe that Doctor King was an excellent human being. In my opinion I believe that he was an excellent Christian Minister. Do I believe that he had human flaws, yes, of course he did. Did Doctor King preach for or condone any violence, not that I have heard, seen, or read. Yet he did speak reality when it came to violence. Even in his famous “I Have A Dream’ speech he spoke of up coming violence if white America did not change their ways toward other races. He did not condone that violence yet he was being a realist about it.

 

I am a white male, I spent almost all of my adult life between 1981 and 2013 behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer unit driving all over the lower 48 U.S. States and all the Provinces of Canada. I came across a lot of Police during that time, to the best of my memory I never had any trouble with any black Cops nor any Oriental Cops. The majority of Cops that I had interaction with were white males. Of the white female Cops I had interaction with I would have to say that at least half were what I would have to call ‘smart asses’. Of the white males I would have to say about 10% were also smart asses. Mostly I chalked their attitudes up to being immature punks. Hispanic Cops, I would say about 1/3 were the same. American Indian Cops, at least 2/3 were the same, arrogant punks. What I counted their actions up to was that when they seen me they just expected me to be racist because I was a white guy, personally I found that to be a sad reality. I never ever was anything but kind and mellow toward Officers because I knew the power they had in their hands to ruin my life, or even to end it if they so chose to. Of the times Officers acted like punks toward me, how many was because of race, I don’t know? How many were just punks, I don’t know that answer either. I do know that maturity is an issue that every Police Department in the Country needs to address constantly, but, so does every industry in the world. When you are wearing a uniform and you choose to act like an ass, it just gets more people’s attention. Just like if you are driving a big truck, if you drive like a moron, more people notice your stupidity, you show up more.

 

Is there still racism in America, unfortunately that answer is yes. Is it in every race, yes. Is there violence in every race, yes. Here in America it seems like the Media always pounces on the cases when a White Police Officer beats up or kills a Black person yet they seem to pretty much ignore when a Black Police Officer does the same to a person of any other race. To me, all of these aggression’s should be a front page news story, they are all wrong, they should never ever happen. Yet here is the tie in with this articles main concept with the teachings of Doctor Martin Luther King. What I have notice in at least 80% of the cases when a video pops up of a White Officer being aggressive with  a Black citizen what the video constantly shows is the Black person almost never ever simply doing what they are told to do by the Officer. I don’t remember which Black Police Chief that said on camera a couple of years ago to the citizens after Officers had killed someone they were trying to arrest, he used a great common sense statement, he said “comply and stay alive”. What video’s have shown over and over again, Black suspects being aggressive and refusing to comply with Officers orders. Would Doctor King condone these killings, of course not. Would he condone people being aggressive toward the Officers and not following the commands of the Officers, of course not. What I have said/taught to my Son who is 25 now and he is on the Autism Spectrum, any time you are in contact with a Police Officer this Officer has the ability to ruin the rest of your life, the ability to beat the hell out of you even if you are being totally nice to them, or this Officer has the ability to end your life right there where you are at. So, I have taught him to always be nice and always obey them, at once, do not argue, just do what you are told. This goes even if you believe that you are totally right and they are totally wrong, obey at once and keep your mouth shut unless they ask you a question.

 

This articles headline speaks to young Black folks and their caring or not caring about the teaching of Doctor King, there is a reason for me choosing young Black folks for this title. What I noticed throughout my travels and what I have seen of TV screens throughout the years is the ‘culture’ of young folks being, acting, out as ‘gangster’. Is this just part of the ‘Hip Hop’ culture? Folks, I’m no Genius, I don’t know the answers to all that ails us as a human race. I just want peace and kindness for all, toward all. I try my best to look at all things from the eyes, the teachings of God. All this violence, this hate, this lack of love, of caring for each other is sickening to my heart and Soul, just as it was to the heart and Soul of Doctor King and just as it is to the heart and Soul of God. Will we as a people ever change?

Modern America And The Old DucK Dude

Here in the U.S. there has been a national debate of sorts going on about the comments of a reality show figure who is one of the stars of the program called Duck Dynasty. This person whose name is Phil Robertson is the patriarch of a family whom this program is centered around. This program and this family are/were very wildly popular here in the States, as of the time of my writing this article. I had not followed this program at all, not so much as watching one program, but you can’t miss the marketing of Duck Dynasty products in most every major retailer you walk into as well as the marketing you see on your television.

In early December I turned on my TV one morning and caught about the last ten minutes of a Barbara Walters program called The View. I know that I am a guy and that this is more of a Chick kind of a program but I have watched it many times in the past anyway. It’s not a bad program at all, not my favorite by any means but I find it better that the other programing in this time slot, plus it goes off at noon when our local news programs come on. This morning the whole Robertson family from Duck Dynasty were the programs guests.  In this ten to fifteen minute’s of programing I learned that the Robertsons are a Christian family, that they can sing, quite well actually, as they sang a Christmas song. I also learned that they had a Christmas album coming onto the sales market soon. I also learned then that Phil is the figurehead of the family, that he is 68 years old and that he is a Vietnam Vet.

About ten days or so later Phil Robertson made some comments to a GQ reporter in an interview that has raised quite a stink here in this country. As I said earlier I don’t know how much or even if this is news in any other nation but it has caused a lot of debate here, most of it highly tinged with hatefulness. Here in America our media, especially the national media, TV, Radio, and Print are almost all what I call to be way far left Liberal, as is Hollywood, as is the far left of the Democratic political party which our President is Commander and Chief of. When Mr Robertson made these comments the media jumped all over him about what he said and to his credit Mr Robertson did not change his story or back down. It is obvious that Mr Robertson has both conviction in his Christian faith, and he has a backbone, something that most of our political leaders, the big media, and Hollywood seem to have none of.

After Mr Robertson’s comments were made I heard outrage from the gay community mostly at first then from some of the so called leaders of the American black community like the Reverend Jesse Jackson condemning what he had said. Some of the gay guys that got their face in front of cameras made comments about things that Mr Robertson had compared being gay to. One I heard several times was that he compared being gay to beastilaty. All I can say to these type comments are that I have read what he was suppose to have said twice and I have watched him making his comments a couple of times and I personally never heard him mention beastiality, maybe he did somewhere but I didn’t see or hear it. Mr Robertson did mention homosexuals and a few other items that the Bible spells out as being sins though. What really ticks off most of the gay community is when their lifestyle is called sinful and the Bible does exactly that. This is one of the big reasons the gay community in large numbers along with Hollywood, the media and the far liberal left of our country are so angry at Christianity is because the Bible says they are sinning and this infuriates these folks. There is a big problem here in America with the falling away of people from the Churches, a huge reason for this falling away is the tremendous ego’s of so many people today. These people refuse to be told that they can not do everything and anything that they want to do and the Church and the Bible calls them out on this so they turn on the Church and Christians and scream and holler about how hatefilled Christianity is because the Bible says no to them.

Now I would like to address comments Mr Robertson made about black folks in his GQ interview. Mr Robertson was raised in the deep south in a self admitted white trash life style. To a large degree the term white trash tends to be put upon the very poor of the white race here in our country. As most people know that when you are very poor this means you have less possessions, seldom can get a quality education, enough food or clothing and you tend to live in less than quality housing. This is true for any of the very poor no matter what skin color one happens to be wearing. Mr Robertson was born in 1945 so his growing up years, up to 18, were before the major marches led by the likes of  Doctor, Reverend Martin Luther King JR.. In the interview Mr Robertson spoke about the black folks that he knew when he was growing up who were the same ones he lived around and worked in the fields with hoeing and picking cotton with. He said that while he was growing up he never once saw a black person get mistreated with his own eyes. A person does need to remember back to their childhood especially if you had a real rough one like I did. When you are used to being treated like garbage (white trash) all the time you are so used to it, it becomes natural and you don’t really think much on it, people can be treating you bad and you don’t even realise it because you are so used to being treated like you are nothing. He also said that the black folks he grew up with seemed happier during those times because they/along with himself, were working and singing church hymns and lived a Christian life. He said the things we all see today like the hatefulness toward each other was something he didn’t see with his own eyes back then. The man did not say that there was no evil toward blacks or the evil from blacks toward other races while he was growing up, he just said he didn’t see any of it. For this man telling the truth that he saw in his life these so called black leaders like the hate filled fraud, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, (my opinion of him) have been blasting him. Who is committing the sins here? At no time have I seen or heard Mr Robinson refer negatively toward any race, has he ever done it, I don’t know, I’m not hooked to the man at the hip. But for what he has said in that GQ interview people need to look in the mirror and check their own souls before they spout hate.

In our country the far left (media, Hollywood, far left democrats) started yelling loudly right after this GQ interview got out to the public. The company that owns the rights to the Duck Dynasty program (A&E) quickly suspended Phil Robertson from the show. Evidently this program is the top earning program that A&E has and I hear that it is the top earning and most watched reality program in the history of reality programs. The figure I have heard a few times is that it is valued at 500 million dollars. Well as I spoke earlier,  the Robertson family is a Christian family, this is a family program, they function as a family. What happened is that the family decided to quit the show if their leader could not be part of it. A&E quickly decided to reinstate Phil, during the short suspension A&E was absolutely blasted by the fan base demanding they reinstate Phil, personally the loss of a 500 million dollar cash cow may have also played into their decision. Either way, it helps A&E take the high road against the leftist hypocrisy.

Well, I might as well finish this article up with the newest last thing that people are gripping about with Phil Robertson. He was talking on film about men, women and marriages. No, this comment isn’t about gay stuff, the controversy is about peoples ages. He said that when men are looking for a wife they should look for the younger women. He said that the older ones are concerned about your money and that the teenage girls are not. Now if he was talking about someone like himself at 68, or myself at 57, and if he was talking about legal teenagers (18,19) years old I would think he is crazy. Besides me not having anything in common to share with a girl that could be by age my granddaughter, a girl that age would have a sex drive that would kill an old man like me, or him. I know, some guys are saying, yep, but I would die with a smile on my face. But all joking aside, Mr Robinson was 19 when he married his wife of 15, this would have been in 1964 I believe. For him and his bride this year will be 50 years of marriage, pretty cool. In 1975 I was 18 when I married the mother to my blood kids, she was 15. I totally believe he is speaking to the young men, that he thinks personally that they should look toward the teenage girls when looking for a good wife. I do not believe he is telling anyone that they should go find them a 13 year old to mary, that would be illegal in every state as far as I know, but 18, 19, and in some states 17 is of legal age. Personally I have always thought that maturity is a major factor in a marriage and it is probably more difficult to find that the younger you go, but thats just me.

One of the good things about our country is that we are suppose to be able to speak what we think and believe but I doesn’t look like we the people are going to have this Constitutional privilege much longer. Between the NSA, the Patriot Act, and the self righteous hatefilled mouthpieces (media, Hollywood, both political parties) it is already to a place that if any of us say anything that these people don’t like they are going to come at you hard and heavy and telling the truth is not part of their arsenal.