After his recent Selma speech, it’s clear that Barack Obama and the left have hijacked the civil rights movement! But for what purpose?
Fifty years ago, police beat black marchers on “Bloody Sunday” as they marched for equality and voting rights across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge.
But if you listened to Obama’s speech, you’d think that little progress has been made since that time. And that Dr. King and others were marching for redistribution of wealth, “gay rights,” and other causes, which had nothing to do with black emancipation.
I participated in civil rights marches in Alabama. Dr. King fought for equality of opportunity for blacks; but he was not in favor of reprisals against whites. And as a Baptist Minister he was not about promoting homosexuality. If you doubt it, read the advice Dr. King gave to a conflicted young man as printed in Ebony Magazine:
Question: "I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. Is there any place where I can go for help?"
Answer: "The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired…I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that led to the habit … ."
I grew up on a plantation outside of Montgomery. And in the good ole’ days when boys were boys and men were men, there is no way a man could get up in front of a Southern black crowd with a phony Southern preacher drawl and get away with equating homosexual “rights” to the struggle of equal rights for blacks. He would have been run out of town. The adulation Obama received in Selma indicates how far blacks have fallen away from truth and morality.
Over the past decade or so there has been an aggressive and undoubtedly successful movement by powerful homosexual groups like GLADD and the Human Rights Campaign, aided by their liberal allies in the media, to link “same-sex marriage” to the civil rights movement.
In order to gain acceptance, homosexual groups like to exaggerate the influence of Bayard Rustin, an activist who reportedly helped organize the 1963 March on Washington. Rustin was a gay man, though he remained publicly silent about his homosexuality. Black civil rights leaders, who were aware of his proclivity, were rightly concerned that his issues would harm their cause. Therefore, he was not allowed to make public speeches and worked behind the scenes organizing rallies.
Obama and the left are not interested in uniting Americans; they want to demoralize and divide the country and then consolidate every disgruntled minority group into voting blocks that will demand more entitlement programs, so the left can acquire greater power.
Which brings us back to Obama’s Selma speech. He mentioned the historical “injustice” America has committed against every minority victim group including: blacks, women, gays, Native Americans, interned Japanese and illegal aliens, but there was not a word about the remarkable contributions of the Founding Fathers or their straight white male descendants.
Obama is using straight white men as a symbol of past inequalities. If you notice, every institution that this president maligns and attacks is made up of mostly white men (i.e.: wealthy business owners, the U.S. military, and now police departments).
Obama’s Selma speech showed that he likes picking the scab of past racial injuries. He won’t let us forget about America’s “original sin” of slavery. If he did, he would have nothing to use to play on white guilt and to provoke black anger.
Obama made the Selma speech after Eric Holder admitted that the DOJ didn’t have enough evidence to bring federal charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Did Obama and Holder apologize for misleading the public and ruining an innocent cop’s career? No. Instead, both doubled down, knowing that Michael Brown was a thug who provoked his own death. Instead of using his Selma speech to heal the racial divide, Obama blamed white “racism” and gave black people excuses to remain angry.
According to a CNN poll, 39 percent say relations between blacks and whites have gotten worse since Obama took office. Just 15 percent say relations have improved, while 45 percent say they have stayed the same.
When will Americans figure out that this is all by design?
Obama’s plan to “transform” America is based on making things worse. He is organizing a grievance committee against whites by cobbling together disgruntled minority groups. Then Obama descends off his “high horse” to confiscate wealth and power from the white middle-class under the guise of “equality” in order to “spread the wealth” to people of color.
The only real question remaining is: Will white Americans continue to sit back and allow him to do it?
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is the founder and president of BOND, a nonprofit organization dedicated to "Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man." He's a media commentator, host of "The Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show,” and author of "SCAM: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America." For more information, visit www.bondinfo.org