Frederick, Booker and Martin on the race hustlers
By Mark Alexander
Taking account of the Democrats' most successful efforts this year to rally young constituents by fomenting division, one event above all others proved highly successful. It will most assuredly be replicated in some form next summer, ahead of November's 2018 midterm elections.
I'm referring to the Charlottesville, Virginia, riots, ostensibly over historic monuments. This conflict gave rise to the Left's so-called "antifa movement" of self-proclaimed anti-fascist fascists, which metastasized to urban centers across the nation propelled by Leftmedia propagandists.
Ahead of the next round of urban race rallies and riots, I surveyed some writings from the most esteemed black civil rights activists in our nation's history: Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. What follows is a small but informative survey of what they had to say about racial division.
Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and became the 19th century's most noted and articulate abolitionist movement leader.
While he strenuously objected to slavery and inequality, in 1855 he asserted, "I would unite with anybody to do right; and with nobody to do wrong."
Commemorating the legacy of Abraham Lincoln on the occasion of our nation's first centennial, Douglass noted, "That we are here in peace today is a compliment and a credit to American civilization, and a prophecy of still greater national enlightenment and progress in the future. I refer to the past not in malice ... but simply to place more distinctly in front the gratifying and glorious change which has come both to our white fellow citizens and ourselves, and to congratulate all upon the contrast between now and then, the new dispensation of freedom with its thousand blessings to both races, and the old dispensation of slavery with its ten thousand evils to both races, white and black."
Douglass wrote of the "past, the present, and the future, with the long and dark history of our bondage behind us, and with liberty, progress, and enlightenment before us..."
Of course, by today's standards, Lincoln would be classified among the worst order of racists, and his top military commander, Ulysses S. Grant, might suffer some tarnish if Americans knew he was a slave owner prior to the War Between the States.
I would also note an observation from Douglass that might be instructive to today's celebrity NFL anthem kneelers. At a National Cemetery ceremony, Douglass said, "If 'The Star-Spangled Banner' floats only over free American citizens in every quarter of the land, and our country has before it a long and glorious career of justice, liberty, and civilization, we are indebted to the unselfish devotion of the noble army."
He frequently played "The Star-Spangled Banner" on violin for his grandchildren. The next most distinguished of black civil rights activists to follow Douglass after his death in 1895 was Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.
In his 1901 book, Up From Slavery, Washington wrote: "I ... resolved that I would permit no man, no matter what his color might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. With God's help, I believe that I have completely rid myself of any ill feeling toward the Southern white man for any wrong that he may have inflicted upon my race. I am made to feel just as happy now when I am rendering service to Southern white men as when the service is rendered to a member of my own race. I pity from the bottom of my heart any individual who is so unfortunate as to get into the habit of holding race prejudice."
He added, "Great men cultivate love. ... Only little men cherish a spirit of hatred." Washington was a critic of his contemporary, W.E.B. Dubois, who made a practice of fomenting racial division.
In his 1911 book, My Larger Education, Washington wrote of Dubois and other racial agitators words that are even more applicable to present-day race agitators: "There is [a] class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. ... Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays."
Washington continued: "Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. ... There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."
Of course, the most celebrated black civil rights activist to follow Washington was Martin Luther King Jr., who also strongly condemned racial agitators and violence in favor of peaceful protest.
In 1957, King wrote of loving your enemies, "Time is cluttered with wreckage of communities which surrendered to hatred and violence. For the salvation of our nation or mankind, we must follow another way."
In his 1963 book, Strength to Love, King centered his message on this theme: "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."
In his instructive Letter from a Birmingham Jail to his fellow clergy, King wrote, "This movement is made up of people who have lost faith in America ... who have concluded that the white man is an incorrigible 'devil.' I have tried to stand between these two forces, saying that we need emulate neither the 'do-nothingism' of the complacent nor the hatred and despair of the black nationalist. For there is the more excellent way of love and nonviolent protest. I am grateful to God that ... the way of nonviolence became an integral part of our struggle."
He also said this, in his August 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial: "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."
But he is perhaps best remembered for these iconic words from that speech: "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."
Of course, today's Democrat Party and black civil rights leaders long ago abandoned the collective wisdom of Douglass, Washington and King and have instead aligned themselves with leftist political and social agendas dependent upon hatred and division and color over character.
They have betrayed King's dream, turning it into a nightmare for generations. They would have you believe that he had rather said, "Let us satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred," and "I have a dream that my children will one day be judged by the color of their skin, not the content of their character."
The Democrats' "Great Society" social programs of King's era have, in effect, enslaved generations of black men, women and children on urban poverty plantations. The Democrats' so-called "War on Poverty," in which more than $22 trillion has been spent, ostensibly, to "lift up the poor," has been an abysmal failure.
If black lives really mattered, Democrat race-bait hustlers would cease advocating policies that condemn their constituents to an endless cycle of poverty. Of course, this would undermine the political and financial fortunes of the professional race agitators — those who, in the words of Booker T. Washington more than a century ago, "do not want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."
Despite these Democrat deceptions and lies, today more than 90% of black voters support Democrats. The party accomplished this subjugation by convincing generations of black Americans that they will forever be victims of racial inequality, that they must therefore be dependent upon the state to survive, and that all Republicans are irredeemably racist.
In the eight years of Barack Obama's regime (2009-2017), he advanced this victim/subjugation charade, propagating the Afrocentric Liberation Theology of his "religious mentor" Jeremiah Wright, who set the tone for Obama's racial division with these inflammatory words: "'God Bless America'? No, no, no, G-d d–m America! ... G-d d–m America!"
Ironically, Obama and Wright are the products of one of the most leftist cesspools in America, Chicago. In 1966, when MLK went to Chicago for the Democrat Convention, he observed, "I can tell you that the hatred and hostility in Chicago are really deeper than in Alabama and Mississippi." Sadly, not much has changed. Chicago was then, and is in many respects now, a cauldron of racial hatred. It is also the birthplace of the black supremacist movement. Of such ethnocentrism, King said, "Those who are associated with 'Black Power' and black supremacy are wrong."
King's words notwithstanding, don't let the winter season lull you into complacency. The Democrats and their leftist cadres have hot, hot, hot summer plans for 2018!
Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post