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Saturday, September 24, 2005

I too dream...

I thought this might be appropriate ....

"......We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment....."

".....But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: 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. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back........"

".......And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

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.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.



And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of
Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"


M. L. King 1963

30 comments:

  1. I'm sure that Dr. King would be thrilled to know that you are taking up his message as a cause.

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  2. My point has been made. The racial divide is strong and holding and look who is blocking the path. But why? Because we have a group who wants equality when it benefits them, and seclution when it benefits them. I am a democrat who has come to respect Rep. Campfeild greatly. He does what is right, not popular. He reminds me of myself. There is not a minority I wouldn't help. They are people as I. But would they help me? Sometimes I wonder. For Stacey to be denied membership is sad. After all, I thought minorities want to be equal . What would be said if he denied a minority representaion based on race? NO I WON'T HELP YOU, YOU ARE BLACK! Hold on tight! Washington would be all over that. Maybe wants to join to break the barrier and bring harmony for all people of the state, more than some have done. Instead he is labled a trouble maker. I do not understand people. Keep it up Stacey, don't let anyone discourage you. And yes liberal, Dr. King would be thrilled with Stacey, but not with you!

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  3. Dude. You have reprinted a
    copyrighted speech in its entirety.
    Aren't you supposed to uphold the laws? Why are you violating the copyright of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr? Why are you mocking his rights to his intellectual property. Shame on you. PErhaps you should contact:

    Estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
    Intellectual Properties Management
    One Freedom Plaza
    449 Auburn Avenue NE
    Atlanta, GA 30312
    Fax: 404-526-8969

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  4. I cited him at the end of the post. The post is not a complete copy.It is edited for length.

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  5. I also make no claim of ownership nor do I reproduce for profit.

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  6. You seem to have edited it for more than length:

    In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

    I guess this part of the speech just doesn't appeal to you, huh?

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  7. The speach is great . I edited it for length as I said.

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  8. I would have left it complete but doubted many would spend the time to read it all.

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  9. It seems more like you edited it for...ahem...racial clarity.

    What, you found this little bitsy part too long?

    It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

    It's only a paragraph. Why'd you leave it out?

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  10. Convenient, selective editing of MLK - in an attempt to undermine the man's cause - that's downright disgusting.

    Don't you have enough to do with cheerleading for Bush, or working to get abortion banned, and surely there's some young men and women out there that you could be talking into joining the army so they sould die senselessly for the other lies that you so proudly promote.

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  11. What part of what I quoted do you not agree with?

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  12. You post MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, and yet you have a link to the patently racist Staghounds website? What do you dream? That everyone who reads your crap is stupid enough to actually believe it?

    John

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  13. Congratulations. You made TV on the Fritz's Conservative Douche of the Week. The award ceremony will be on Dec. 12 in Nashville. Keep your fingers crossed for Conservative Douche of the Year. The competition is stiff. Stiff, I say.

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  14. I would like to point out though that Martin Luther King's speech is in the public domain. It's a news event, hence its uncopyrighted status.

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  15. In response to pacoyogi's post:

    I'm not sure if you're being sarcastic or if you seriously don't know copyright laws.

    That speech was printed in its entirety, but credit was given and it was used in quotations. Campfield is not violating any copyright laws.

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  16. Any stick will do to hit the rep, won't it pacoyogi?

    And thank you for the compliment, john. In your world, "racist" means "I'm too stupid, ignorant, or inarticulate to respond except by calling names".

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  17. I would like to point out that the King family has tried to copyright, hoard, and restrict distribution of all of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, words. I'm not sure how successful they have been at that, but when I lived in Atlanta, they didn't want anyone quoting King's "Dream" speech without paying them for permission. If, like me, you believe Dr. King was an avatar, a divine messenger, and his work and his words were meant for all of humanity, this behavior on the part of the King family (and some people on this page) should bother you. That said, Coretta Scott King has suffered a stroke and is seriously ill, so I'll let it go at that.

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  18. If you wish to comment on this topic, pro or con ,please do, that is what it is for .If you use bad language or your only goal is to attack me, post on your own site.I do not want to be a blogger that only puts on comments that agree with me so keep it clean and on topic.

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  19. That is some quality copying and pasting Mr. State Representative. I, as your fearful leader, am rightfully proud of you. Can you teach me how copy and paste some time? BTW, all those haters who say you can't empathize with black folks, well, that copying and pasting proved them wrong. You truly deserve membership in the black caucus. You're absolutely not at all one bit, in the slightest, coming short of the high expectations I set for myself in flying over New Orleans as black folks drowned. Congratulations Campy!

    George W. Bush

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  20. For the sake of the English language, let's all hope and pray the good Representative continues to cut and paste.

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  21. Staghound, the following quotes are all from your website. If these aren't RACIST then I don't know what is. (Thanks, Gen. JC Christian, for finding these gems.)

    No black American would DARE

    say this publicly, and no American medium would air it. Even though millions of Americans, white and black, are thinking it.

    "Desperation? Yeah, right. I am beginning to believe that black people, no matter where in the world they are, are cursed with a genetic predisposition to steal, murder, and create mayhem."


    The trash in New Orleans know that soon people with degrees and skills will drain the water, turn the power on, clean the streets, and replace the houses provided for them.

    So why not tear things up? Why shouldn't the zoo animals run wild when the fence breaks?


    Why do they need to read? They eat, watch television, drink, fight, and breed. Their needs are met by social workers, police officers, court appointed lawyers, subsidised housing, and taxpayer paid health care providers. If they have a problem they can't manage themselves, a degreed person in the employ of the state will sort it out, even to reading them the forms.

    Even the most basic of educational skills is entirely superfluous. What a world we have built.


    Wikipedia definition:

    Racism refers to beliefs and practices: (1) that assume inherent and significant differences exist between the genetics of various groups of human beings; (2) that assume these differences can be measured on a scale of "superior" to "inferior"; and (3) that result in the social, political and economic advantage of one group in relation to others.

    THAT is how racism is defined, Staghound. Your "I know you are but what am I?" defense is simply brilliant.

    John

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  22. I also make no claim of ownership nor do I reproduce for profit.

    Shame. I think a quality white man such as you could make a mint hiring yourself out for stud services. Lord knows white men who don't share DNA with their cousins or livestock are scarcer than hen’s teeth (or human teeth, for that matter) south of the Mason/Dixon line.

    I honestly thought that you had written those stirring words that would, if anything, better serve the noble southern cause of the preservation of the Caucasian Conservative Christian Male and the right to hold forth his beliefs in fine bastions of higher learning such as Bob Jones University, from which our finest amateur white golfers emerge.

    Yea, George Bush had a dream! He dreamed of an ownership society in which half the nation’s wealth would be further compressed into the pudgy and clammy hands of the wealthiest 1%. Yes, my white brothers and sisters, Dubya has a dream! He dreams of a day in which all dissent, discussion and debate is squelched through job termination, persecution, public outings and alcohol-hazed silence, a day in which the Ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights can be replaced by the Ten Commandments, even though only three are actually useful and enforceable. Testify, Brothers and sisters!

    Dubya has a dream, my children, a dream of a nation that loses four jetliners, two World Trade Towers, a chunk of the Pentagon, over 6000 American lives, countless alliances and a major city (twice) while making Halliburton, Bechtel, MBNA, Exxon-Mobil and other corporate cronies richer than Croesus and God combined.

    Dubya has a dream, my son, a dream in which he can force the Iraqis to abandon their Holy Book, the heathenistic and piss-stained Koran, in favor of a democratic constitution while brazenly trying to replace our Democratic constitution with our Holy Book (not Halliburton’s double sets of ledgers, either).

    Hallelujah!

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  23. I'm siding with TheRep on this one. I often point out the part of the "I have a dream" speech that states he wants a world where we can all sit together in equality.

    However, as tnsad has pointed out (and this is substantiated by social psychological research), a group will cry for equality until it is granted, and then they will refuse to extend that equality to others.

    I look at the fact (also supported by research) that black males are more likely to oppose homosexual rights than any other segment of the population.

    One would assume, by common sense, that they would be the FIRST to support the rights of minorities.

    Also, do not be fooled into thinking that black males suffer from lack of self esteem. Once again, research shows that they have far more self esteem than even whites. Often 2-3 times more.

    So how much longer will we allow race to divide this nation? Race is such a stupid reason for a divide in any event. Facts are that there are still plenty of poor white folks as there are poor black folks.

    I imagine a poor white constituant from Nashville has far more in common with a poor black constituant in the same city than John Kerry or George Bush.

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  24. If Johnny Shaw had half the courage and integrity of Stacey Campfield he would have his own personal blog with reader comments and he would blog his thoughts for us on a regular basis like the good Rep here does.

    Campfield for Governor!

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  25. TheRep said...
    If you wish to comment on this topic, pro or con ,please do, that is what it is for .If you use bad language or your only goal is to attack me, post on your own site.I do not want to be a blogger that only puts on comments that agree with me so keep it clean and on topic.


    Well if we did that we wouldn't have much to talk about then would we? And I think you just contradicted yourself, too. Yep...you did.

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  26. "We don't care for spellin' or grammar here in Tennessee."

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  27. Riddler,

    I believe he means personal attacks. Most people aren't too concerned if you attack their ideas, its when you resort to personal attacks you've already proven you don't want to even attempt to win the debate.

    Liberal Avenger,

    ... Case in point. Resorts to a personal attack when s/he doesn't have anything else useful to say.

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  28. john, so very clever. The words in quotes are not mine, but those of a black newspaper columnist in Jamaica.The other words, which are mine, have no racial meaning at all and were not written about any race. So unless YOU believe that "trash" and "zoo animals" can apply only to black people, those comments are irrelevant to the word you chose.

    Now I'll shut up, this is the rep's space.

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  29. So that's where all the trolls have come from - UT, where it takes a whopping below-average 21 on the ACT to get your automatic lottery "scholarship" (after stepping up to the plate for the 45% passing grade on those HS gateway exams). Sorry, but in these days of 're-centered' standardized tests and exempting students from semester exams just for showing up, Jon's academic stones thrown at the Rep fall a little short.

    He's awfully high on Peterson. I wonder if he remembers a guy named Shumaker. He had "academic perspective" too...

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  30. J.T. Davis :

    Read my comments on this and my last post and follow them or do not return.

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