Remember This As We Commemorate the 1963 March on Washington
There are a lot of radio/t.v. commemorations of the famous March on Washington held 50 years ago this August 28. These commemorations give us (and especially the younger generation born long after Martin Luther King, Jr.'s death) a "safe" (for the ruling class) understanding of the Civil Rights Movement and MLK, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" vision.
"In violent warfare, one must be prepared to face ruthlessly the fact that there will be casualties by the thousands. [He refers to the U.S. government killing millions in Vietnam] ...Anyone leading a violent conflict must be willing to make a similar assessment regarding the possible casualties to a minority population confronting a well-armed, wealthy majority with a fanatical right wing that is capable of exterminating the entire black population and which would not hesitate such an attempt if the survival of white Western materialism were at stake."
Clearly King was now preaching that class, not racial, conflict is the story; he even was referring to whites as "those brothers." This is a 180 degree change from perceiving ordinary whites as a "well-armed, wealthy majority" defending "white Western materialism."
Thus Big Money promotes "White Privilege" rhetoric (as leftist "political correctness") designed to make it seem that ordinary white people benefit from the oppression of blacks. It uses Affirmative Action to foment white resentment of blacks. And whenever the opportunity arises, it uses leftist "political correctness" to ascribe racist motives to ordinary white people when their motives are not racist. One example of this is labeling whites who want job hiring and school admission requirements to be the same for all races* as "racists" even though this view is exactly what MLK, Jr. called for in his I Have a Dream speech when he famously said, "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." Another example is claiming that the Zimmerman jurors acquitted because of racism and not reasonable doubt of guilt.
*If the corporate/government elite who promote Affirmative Action (Richard Nixon initiated it) truly wanted to end discrimination against racial minorities, who are disproportionately working class, and do it in a way that would have promoted solidarity between the different races, then they would have ended the use of job hiring and school admission requirements whose only real purpose is to discriminate against working class individuals. The SAT test does this, so it should not be used. Furthermore, working class schools are notoriously worse than the private elementary and secondary schools that wealthy people send their children to. Working class schools are standardized test-prep centers designed to teach working class children that they are not deserving of good jobs and respect (the standardized tests are "norm referenced," which means that the failure rate is determined in advance by the test designers, not by how well students have learned their lessons.) In contrast, the private schools for children of the wealthy don't use the standardized tests, and teach their students that they deserve and can expect "leadership" jobs and respect when they grow up. The same corporate elite that endorses Affirmative Action also leads the way in making working class schools worse and worse. Why? Because both things serve the same purpose: maintaining class inequality.
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