Today black America celebrates. We celebrate the second inauguration of America’s first black president, Barack Obama and we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Could there be a greater example of hypocrisy?
Years after King’s death, we still live in a country that struggles to live by the words that made Dr. King famous; to “….judge a man by the content of his character not by the color of his skin.” Ironically, of all Americans, Kings words ring the most hollow with black Americans.
As a black American I am sad and often disgusted at black hypocrisy. As a child of the 60s and the Civil Rights movement, I saw blacks, filled with pride and the desire to rid America of racism and segregation, march in the streets and allowed themselves to be beaten and attacked by dogs all with the goal of making America live up to it’s promise of freedom and liberty for all Americans. Now, forty years later, I see blacks completely ignore the content of a man’s character in order to show favor to him simply due to the color of his skin.
In 2008 I did not vote for Barack Obama and it was an easy decision to make. While like many black Americans, I longed to see the day that a black would reside in the White House, I refused, however, to surrender my ethics, morals and values, most of which are shared by a large percentage of the black community, in order to make this happen. In Barack Obama I saw a man who did not share my values, morals and certainly not my love of country. Simply put, I would not vote for a person who embraced not only abortion but partial birth abortion, sex selection abortion and even infanticide. I could not support a person who looked down upon and viewed a large segment of the country as people who “… cling to guns or religion or (who have) antipathy to people who aren’t like them” while he himself showed antipathy to people who he accused of having antipathy for people who are not like them.
I would not support a person, just because he was black, who subscribed to economic theories, beliefs and ideas that are contrary to the fundamental underpinnings of what made America great; small government, capitalism, freedom of religion and a free economy.
I would not support a person just because he is black, who surrounded himself with people who are or were at best hostile to America (Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorn, Frank Marshall Davis, et al) and at worse who are sworn to bring about its destruction (Muslim Brotherhood).
In 2008 many blacks could plead ignorance to the plethora of facts that showed Barack Obama to be at best a globalist and at worse anti-American. But over the last four years with an economy still on life support and barely moving forward, with economic turmoil getting worse in the black community with high unemployment and crime, with conditions where even some black leaders said but for the fact that the president is black blacks would be in the streets protesting, we find blacks completely ignoring all of this angst, tragedy and turmoil in order to once again vote for “the black guy”. In doing so, black America exhibited what I call the most blatant form of hypocrisy and racism, that being racism against one’s own interests.
In other words it is one thing to vote for a man because he is black but who has your best interest at heart and something completely different (o.k. stupid) to vote for that person who in fact has shown repeatedly over the past four years, a complete indifference and almost hostile attitude towards your best interests.
It is the morning of January 21, 2013 and for the remainder of the day I will see, read about and listen to blacks celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all of the great work that he did to bring black America the full benefits promised by our Constitution. At the same time I will see, read about and listen to blacks celebrate the inauguration of a man who is not only the antithesis of Dr. King but who has dismissed black plight and the need to find solutions for a community that is in free fall and imploding. This morning I will watch black hypocrisy in action and wonder if Dr. King is turning over in his grave.