Ask Black America: What Would Dr. King Say to Obama Right Now?

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President Barack Obama is having his presidency reconfirmed on the same day that we celebrate the brilliant life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Some say that this is more than a symbolic coincidence, that it is instead a reminder of the connected destinies of two great black men.

But there are others who feel that while Dr. King cleared the path for President Obama, he would be disappointed in his work thus far.  Black unemployment is over 14%, poverty is higher than it’s been in quite some time, and African Americans remained dogged by an incarceration problem of epidemic proportions.  What would Dr. King have to say about all this?

We took the question to the Facebook to see what our readers had to say.  The conversation is below:

 

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  1. Why u killing babies??? All throughout the work, there can b no justification, is this the only way 2 attain peace……

  2. We have miles to go before we sleep. Continue to be true to Yourself. Be a man of integrity. Never forget how you got here.

  3. The son to the Ancestor. The Disciple to the Guru. The Student to the Teacher. Barak to Dr King. Reaching across time and space. In a common bond of struggle and a common pursuit of of justice, peace, and progress. People forget that Martin was not appreciated fully while he was alive. Neither in white or Black America. He was regarded as a troublemaker not by the FBI but also by elements in the Black Church. The same with Barack. Many ask, what has Barack done for the poor and Black people? Obamacare. Blacks and the poor, die younger, and have worse health outcomes by all measures. The major reason for this health outcomes disparity is that Blacks and the poor have inadequate access to health care and preventive care. If this is all that President Obama achieves in all 8 years he would have done a tremendous amount of good for Blacks and the poor. The TEAPARTY hates Obamacare with a passion because they recognize it will do a tremendous amount of good for Black people. Many black commentators obviously have no understanding of this. Many black leaders in Dr King’s day did not appreciate the tremendous amount of good he was doing for our community. And today we act as though Dr King ways regarded highly and supported universally by us. He was not. Neither is Obama. But none of that will distract from the great good that will result for us Blacks and the poor by expanded Medic Aid, by free preventive care, and the fact that one no longer needs to have a job in order to have health insurance. Half the bankruptcies in this nation are caused by medical expenses. We Blacks and poor people are the greatest beneficiaries of Obamacare. And we will also be the greatest beneficiaries if Obama’s gun regulation initiatives are implemented. The greatest beneficiaries of that will be Chicago, and Detroit, and Baltimore. Not Newtown, CT.

  4. Thank you, Mr. Norman.

    D’Koven. You are part of the problem. You wrote a half-page of comments and used one period. Your narrow-mindedness and lack of maturity allows you to address the President as “half-breed”. You live in a country where you have acceess to an education for free, yet your grammar, sentence structure, and content are severely lacking. I’m sure Dr, King would admonish you to get a proper 4th-grade education.

  5. Ask Black America: What Would Dr. King Say to Obama Right Now?

    mother/fuka kick some cracker’s azz, and help YOUR people, THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE!!!

    King was getting ready to put that non-violent bullshyt on the back burner. He started talking to Brother Malcolm x, and he told him that he made a mis-take INTEGRATING with caucasoids.

    THIS IS WHAT HE WOULD TELL THAT MULATTO TODAY!!!

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