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“I Have a Dream”

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest Americans in history. I have read much about the man and his leadership of Black Americans during the Civil Rights movement. This eventually provided equality, not only for people of African heritage, but also laid the groundwork for all in the American melting pot including women.

Dr. King accomplished more good in less than 13 years of life as the face and voice of “justice and equality for all” than any other American in history. By his leadership and teaching he provided more empowerment to black America after his death than any other person has provided since this tragic event.

“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King understood that with leadership comes responsibility. That nonviolence was necessary to achieve the dream. That rioting and burning one’s own community would create more divide and hatred. That it was not in the name of good but the work of evil. God, Family, Country were the most important things to Dr. King. He wanted a country that didn’t see color and provided opportunity for all. He believed in accountability and living your life to honor Jesus Christ. The fact black leaders of today have gone so far away from Dr. King’s teachings it’s very disappointing.

“If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Black leaders such as Al Sharpton and President Obama make excuses and trap Black Americans in the belief the government should provide. Welfare and programs that allow gain through not working rather than making an effort and living your life in a Christian manner is not what Dr. King had in mind. He wanted equal opportunity and rewards for effort no matter your color. He wanted every person to have the ability to choose what they wanted to be and be educated at whatever institution of higher learning they chose.

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime. He wanted every man to be able to learn to fish and then teach the lesson.
What has happened in Ferguson is an American tragedy. A young man loses his life much too early. A police officer, doing his job, whose life will never be the same. He has been vilified for not only doing this job, which he is sworn to do, but also defending himself against an attacker.

There is no hidden agenda in Ferguson, just a community that needs to heal and move on. This was not about race, it was made about race. The Grand Jury heard the facts. The majority of the witnesses providing the facts were Black Americans and they told the truth about what occurred that day. Why would they want to make a decision knowing what the result may be? Criticism from the black community and possibly rioting.

Michael Brown was a big, strong young man. He and an accomplice committed a strong arm robbery of a local Ferguson store. Then they proceeded to walk down the middle of a Ferguson Street prompting several 911 calls about their actions. Several callers were black.

In the name of Public Safety, Officer Wilson responded to the call. Nothing more, nothing less. Just a call to do his job for the citizens of Ferguson.

Upon encountering Mr. Brown and said accomplice, they refused Officer Wilson’s request to get out of the middle of the street. Officer Wilson repeated his request.

Mr. Brown then attacks Officer Wilson while he was in his police cruiser. Going for the officer’s weapon and causing him bodily harm.

A shot is fired hitting Mr. Brown in the arm. He leaves the side of the car and attempts to flee. Officer Wilson demands him to stop. He turns and returns to attack Officer Wilson. Again disregarding his verbal demands to, stop or I’ll shoot.

Mr. Brown is shot again but continues towards Officer Wilson until a fatal shot is fired. If at any time prior to this Mr. Brown would have respected law-enforcement he would still be alive. What would any other police officer do? Remember this occurred in much less time than it took you to read it, what would you do? This is not a race issue. Mr. Brown was not a martyr, he was a criminal. Officer Wilson was put in the most difficult spot possible. Prior to this incident, he had never fired his gun in the line of duty.

The media made it a race issue. Al Sharpton made it a race issue. CNN and MSNBC made it a race issue and boy did ratings soar!

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have failed the American people. Instead of supporting law-enforcement, instead of diffusing the situation, they have continued to defend a criminal that attacked a police officer in the line of duty.

They have continued to fuel the Ferguson fire instead of stating the truth which now has been confirmed by a Grand Jury.

After the decision President Obama stated this “African-American young men are treated differently by police, this is not just a Ferguson problem this is a national problem we need to work on.”

You’re right Mr. President they are treated differently and here is why:

Although Black Americans make up only 12 to 13% of our population they are eight times more likely to commit a crime of violence than a white American. 52% of all homicides are committed by Black Americans. There will be an estimated 8,000 Black Americans murdered this year, 93% at the hands of another black American.
81% of young gang members are black or Hispanic.

Black Americans make up almost 45% of the male prison population in our country, with the Hispanic community running a close second.

I could go on but it’s not necessary. It’s not profiling or racism, it’s fact. It’s common sense law-enforcement and playing the percentages.

Yet today black leaders continue to make excuses and our government, led by President Obama continues to trap Black Americans by using the race card and not preaching accountability and opportunity.

New leadership is needed in the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King. Can you imagine if he would have seen all the opportunity for Black Americans that exist today while he was alive? From President Obama, to all the black doctors, lawyers, business leaders, Senators, Congressmen, TV and news personalities, Black Americans can be whatever they want to be today and have more to be proud of than at any point in American history.

Lastly, the rioting in Ferguson was created by opportunity and was never about Michael Brown or Civil Rights. How does robbing and burning stores owned by black business people support Michael Brown? How does robbing a liquor store with signs posted in support of Mr. Brown help the Brown family?

The media contributed, President Obama contributed. But at the end of the day, the people that robbed, burnt and committed violent acts had no concern for supporting Mr. Brown. I would like to know how many even knew his story and name.

It was about personal gain and lawlessness.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

You are judged by the content of your character and by your actions in our Great Country today. Does racism still exist? Absolutely, evil will always battle good. But the use of racism as a political tool must end.

God Bless and bring America together united as one.

Jim Webb

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