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  •  OT, How can we turn RW/Teabaggers around? (0+ / 0-)

    Minds and hearts have been won in the past. . . . How can we (and I do mean us here) do our bit? As MLK Jr taught....meet hate with love....meet physical force with spiritual force? Ah, I remember the days when he was alive and preaching. . . . . and it's wonderful to see America growing up (despite some who lag behind, alas).

    If anyone is what Dr. King talked about ("The New Negro") it is Michelle................The first generation to step fully into this new world.

    Interview with Dr. King  etc. about "The New Negro":
    http://myloc.gov/...

    SNIPPET:

    Well, gentlemen, suppose we begin this discussion by first asking you, Dr. King, in your estimation, what and who is this new Negro?

    REV. KING: I think I could best answer that question by saying first that the new Negro is a person with a new sense of dignity and destiny. With a new self-respect. Along with that is lack of fear, which once characterized the Negro. This willingness to stand up courageously for what he feels is just and what he feels he deserves on the basis of the laws of the land. I think also included would be this self-assertive attitude that you just mentioned.

    And all of these factors come together to make what seems to me to be the new Negro.

    I think also I would like to mention this growing honesty which characterizes the Negro today. There was a time that the Negro used duplicity, deception too, rather as a survival technique; although he didn’t particularly like conditions — he said he liked them because he felt that the boss wanted to hear that. But now from the housetops, from the kitchens, from the classrooms and from the pulpit, the Negro says in no uncertain terms that he doesn’t like the way he’s being treated. So at long last the Negro is telling the truth. And I think this is also one of the basic characteristics of the new Negro.

    HEFFNER: Judge Waring, does this sound like an adequate description of the Negro whom you know today?

    JUDGE WARING: Mr. Heffner, I think it’s excellent; it’s an excellent summary. My observation of the Negro, and I’m speaking in generalities, of course, has been that up to recently he has been a half-man, or a part-man, and now he at last is waking up to the fact that he’s a whole man, that he’s an American citizen, and that he is entitled to rights, no more, no less, than just the ordinary run of the mill American citizen.

    He’s never had that before; he hasn’t been allowed to have it. He’s been under political domination; he’s been oppressed; he had deprivation; he’s been a servant, formerly a slave; and now suddenly I see the idea has come to him that he’s really, truly a man that can stand up on his own hind legs and tell the truth, and say, “I want not any special privilege, I don’t want any special handout; I don’t want to be given anything, because the giving idea is all wrong. But I want a chance to become a full man and do my part, be it little or be it big, in the community of our country.”

    History:
    http://myloc.gov/...

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