Fifty-two years ago today, Martin Luther King delivered his groundbreaking speech “I Have a Dream”. The rise of neo-racism among groups like Black Lives Matter and killer Vester Flanagan destroys King’s great dream that we may learn to judge one another not by the colour of our skin, but the quality of our character.
Vester Flanagan’s shooting of a young American journalist and cameraman on live TV was a hate crime. Much of the media won’t admit it. He had a stated hatred of “White women” and shot two of them in Virginia this week.
A media-savvy predator, Flanagan lay in wait until 24 year old journalist Alison Parker went live to air before shooting her. He murdered cameraman Adam Ward and finished the hate crime by shooting another White woman in the back as she tried to flee.
Flanagan had a long history of playing the race card to justify his abuse of others. After being fired from his journalism job two years ago for intimidating colleagues, he filed an absurd complaint stating that he was the real victim suffering racial discrimination for being Black.
Even as he tried to escape justice during a police pursuit, the 41 year old showed no remorse, firing up a tweet-for-pity party on social media claiming the colleagues he had just murdered were racist for having reported his menacing workplace behaviour.
In the 21st century, how can a homicidal rampage by a racist like Flanagan not be called a hate crime?
Skin colour shouldn’t make a difference to our willingness to name and shame racists, or dent the media’s courage to name a race hate crime when it’s in plain sight, but it does.
Many of us see racial hatred only when the perpetrator is White and the victim is Black. The evidence is clear.
A month ago, 21 year old Dylann Roof allegedly murdered nine people while they prayed in church. Like Flanagan, Roof is a foul racist who wanted to start a race war by inciting us to hate one other. Like Flanagan, Roof wanted to kill people because of the colour of their skin. Like Flanagan, Roof wrote a manifesto stating his hatred of people whose skin colour differed from his own.
Unlike Flanagan, Roof is white.
Shortly after news of his crime hit online media, journalists correctly attributed Roof’s murderous rampage to racial hatred. By contrast, twenty-four hours after Flanagan murdered innocents in orchestrated rage, most of the media remains silent on his racist motives.
The media silence on crimes that counter the politically correct narrative on race stems from the supersession of civil rights by neo-Marxist minority politics. The former is based on the idea of human equality, the latter on the supremacy of state-anointed minority groups over all others.
The self-indulgent victim narrative of neo-racists such as Flanagan is commonly found in groups like “Black Lives Matter” (BLM); the epitome of minority politics. The difference between minority rights activists and the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King could not be greater.
During a recent open air speech by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, Black Lives Matter women stormed the stage shouting over the Senator with such aggression that a colleague stepped in to defend him.
The elderly gentleman asked the BLM women to be reasonable and allow Sanders to complete his speech (in which he had just finished praising progressive ideals, no less).
The women responded by shrieking: “We aren’t reasonable! We aren’t reasonable!”
That much is self-evident.
They continued their vile rant by screaming “sit down” at him repeatedly.
The Black Lives Matter women were too busy shouting to hear that Sanders marched on Washington with Martin Luther King to create the civil rights and freedom of speech that they inherited as a birthright. Instead, BLM activists abused that legacy be censoring an American who spent his youth defending their right to free speech.
Unlike the minority rights activists, Martin Luther King was at pains to emphasise the principle of universal human equality as the basis of civil rights. He was deeply concerned that the movement for civil rights, based on the righteous goal of equality before the law (formal equality), would be hijacked by militants pitting race against race in a fight for social supremacy.
Alveda King, MLK’s niece, has taken up the family cause, denouncing Black Lives Matter activism on Fox News with the affirmation of equal human worth: “all lives matter.”
King’s articulation of the universal standard that all human beings matter is enshrined in the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “All human beings are born free and equal … endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Martin Luther King’s dream that there would come a day where people would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” has been codified in law across the Western world. The rest have yet to catch up.
Sadly, the cultural and social legacy of the civil rights movement has been hijacked by militants, as King feared it might be.
The new racism has arrived and it is just as ignorant, arrogant and ugly as the old one.
We must find the courage to call it what it is.
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