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On this day when we celebrate the life and dream of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., let’s take a look at the text of that iconic speech, and see how things have progressed since then.

Transcript of speech by
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
August 28, 1963. Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languishing in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. So we have come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we have come to cash this check — a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quick sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone.

As we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be satisfied?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied, as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only”. We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive.

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

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.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right there in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

And if America is to be a great nation this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania!

Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado!

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California!

But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia!

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee!

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

So, where are we now, more than fifty years later? Does the Negro have same “unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that Whites have? We must answer both YES and NO. YES, nominally, Blacks have the same rights that Whites enjoy. No longer do we see “Whites Only” signs at hotels, restaurants, bathrooms, and water fountains. Blacks have the same voting rights, and cannot be denied housing because of their race. NO, because so many Black children are trapped in horrible public schools which severely hamper their efforts at pursuing happiness, understanding their liberties, and enjoying a long life. These public schools are invariably run by the same racist party that fought for the “separate but equal” school system in the first place. Now they run nominally “integrated” (though truly segregated by geography) and truly unequal schools.

So, in keeping Blacks uneducated, the racists keep Blacks’ earning potential low. Then, they jack up the Minimum Wage to keep it above their earning potential, and Black unemployment remains high, keeping them dependent on government handouts. Then, make the handouts dependent on not getting married, and Blacks’ out-of-wedlock births escalate — a recipe for multi-generational poverty and government dependence.

And being dependent, Blacks keep voting for those same racists who keep them in poverty.

Well, played, democrats. Well played.

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Certainly there can be no surprise. Not only are homosexuals more likely to sexually abuse children, they are more likely to commit rape, too.

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I was looking for something newsworthy, other than Bernie Sanders wanting to make prisons unprivatized while giving jailbirds their voting rights back and Lindsay Graham stating that we can’t get anything done without the other side’s help, inclusive of a litany of left wingers chiming in (including Obama, as we see how he did it that way). Also MSNBC thinks that the anchor baby issue is the death nil for the GOP since those old white people can’t win the presidency without Latinos, drawing back to what happened to Romney. None of this tripe floated my boat. But then I ran across this article on Slash talking again with Axl Rose. I mean, who would have ever thunk it?

This is real news. I mean, like, read the article and, like, ya know, watch the videos (I even like the Swedish commercial). Like, you thought Cruz was a silver tongued orator but, ya know, he ain’t got nothing on Slash. And, like, Slash has his political act together and, like, knows politics. Why he doesn’t jump into the ring is, like, I don’t know. Think of, like, all those heavy metal votes he could garner. Ya know, it isn’t rocket science to, like, figure that one out. Guns N’ Roses forever, man!

One of the unspoken truths about race in this country is that the average IQ for Blacks is about 15 points lower than for Whites. (The standard Gaussian curve does not fit perfectly, of course, but it is a good enough fit for about 95% of both groups.)

Current studies suggest somewhere between 50% and 70% heritability for IQ — meaning that about 50-70% of one’s IQ depends on the IQ of your parents. There is, naturally, some environmental factors — such as whether your parents read to you as a child, and your home life in general.

There are structural problem for Blacks in our society today. Minimum Wage laws price many Black youths out of the labor market, so they can never reach that bottom rung of the economic ladder and start their climb. The democrat-run inner-city schools are a joke. Our criminal justice system is not race-blind. (The jury should never know the name, sex, or race of the accused. Justice really should be blind.) These government-imposed problems prevent Black men from attaining the ability to support a family. But the God-given biological drive to reproduce is still there — so they do. But the government will take away benefits from a woman who marries the father of her children. So the government makes the “spread your seed far and wide” strategy better for many Blacks (from a propagation of one’s genes perspective) than a “keep your eggs in one nest and guard it vigilantly” strategy. This, of course, perpetuates some of the problems of the Black community.

So what if polygamy were legal?

If polygamy were legal, many Black women might choose to marry a successful (intelligent) Black man who already has a wife or two. Than man could be having children with younger wives well into his 60′s and 70′s. Not only would this propagate his better genes, but those children would grow up in a better household than they would as the children of less intelligent men in single-parent households.

Furthermore, the less-intelligent men would not be reproducing with those women. Win-win.

Over time, we might see that IQ gap close considerably.

Many statements have been called “racist” — that term is used by the left to condemn anything they don’t like, and to shut down conversation.  Progs do not like real conversation, because they cannot argue with facts and logic.  Thus, they resort to emotional accusations such as “racism” or “sexism”.

So what is “racism”?

Resorting to our trusty Merriam-Webster Dictionary, we get these definitions:

1: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

2: racial prejudice or discrimination

So let us take the joke from Judy Moses, wife of Israeli Minister of the Interior, Silvan Shalom: “Do u know what Obama Coffee is? Black and weak.”

Is that racist? Obviously not. It shows no indication that 0bama is inferior because of his race (definition #1), nor does it show any racial prejudice or discrimination (definition #2). Her joke simply mentions that 0bama is Black. Thus, those who think the joke is racist must think that it is his race which causes 0bama to be weak, and therefore they are the racists, not she.

It is no different than saying, “Do u know what Biden Chocolate is? White and tasteless.”

It simple mentions his skin color, but does not imply that he is tasteless because he is White.

According to the race-baiters, any negative mention of race is racist. For instance, noting that the average Black IQ is about 15 points (about 1σ) below that of Whites is considered racist. But it does not fit either definition. If the difference were more like 2σ or 3σ, then it could be considered to be a “primary determinant”. But it is not. It is simply a fact.

Stating facts is not racist. Racism comes when those facts are used against individuals. For instance, a resume from someone with a typically Black name will receive fewer call-backs than a similar resume from someone with a typically Anglo-Saxon name. That is taking the properties of a population (averages, medians, standard deviations), and making assumptions about individuals. The is prejudice — pre-judging an individual based on the properties of the population to which he belongs.

That is what racism really is. Treating Blacks as if they need quotas and special dispensations to have a chance at a good life, is racist. Treating everyone as individuals, even if that means that a higher percentage of Blacks fail than Whites, is not.

To have an real, honest conversation about race and racism, we have to be able to speak the truth, and we need to stop calling racists the people who speak that truth.

Only when we get to that point can we look for underlying causes. WHY does the Black population have an average IQ one standard deviation below that of Whites? WHY is there more crime in the Black community? Then we can truly move to Dr. King’s great society, in which a man is judged by the content of his character.