A Top Ten List Worth Reading

Posted by John Branston on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is August 28th. The publicity has already begun, but unless you are at least 60 years old you probably don't remember the historic event and march that drew more than 200,000 people.

What was it about? Media accounts will focus, understandably, on Dr. Martin Luther King's speech, the crowds, President John F. Kennedy who would be assassinated three months later, and the music of Peter Paul and Mary and Marian Anderson. But there is no better answer than the organizing manual for the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" and its list of ten demands. Here they are:

1. Comprehensive and effective civil rights legislation from the present Congress — without compromise or filibuster — to guarantee all Americans access to all public accommodations, decent housing, adequate and integrated education, and the right to vote.

2. Withholding of federal funds from all programs in which discrimination exists.

3. Desegregation of all school districts in 1963.

4. Enforcement of the Fourteenth Amendment — reducing Congressional representation of states where citizens are disenfranchised.

5. A new executive order banning discrimination in all housing supported by federal funds.

6. Authority for the attorney general to institute injunctive suits when any constitutional right is violated.

7. A massive federal program to train and place all unemployed workers — Negro and white — on meaningful and dignified jobs at decent wages.

8. A national minimum wage act that will give all Americans a decent standard of living. (Government surveys show that anything less than $2 an hour fails to do this.)

9. A broadened Fair Labor Standards Act to include all areas of employment which are presently excluded.

10. A federal Fair Employment Practices Act barring discrimination by federal, state, and municipal governments, and by employers, contractors, employment agencies, and trade unions.

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There was also this footnote: Support of the March does not necessarily indicate endorsement of every demand listed. Some organizations have not had an opportunity to take an official position on all of the demands advocated here.

The organizers were Cleveland Robinson and Bayard Rustin. King was one of ten chairmen along with Mathew Ahmann, Eugene Carson Blake, James Farmer, John Lewis, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, A. Philip Randolph, Walter Reuther, Roy Wilkins, and Whitney Young.

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Buttons were a quarter.

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Some event, huh?

But the movement's failure to press on bedrock economic issues, while pursuing the liberal angle of more racially equal distribution of the poisoned fruit of our economy and prominent kumbaya integration images, contributed to our blessed modern state.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 08/19/2013 at 1:34 PM

Of course, King was assassinated after becoming more open and aggressive about economic issues, which people seem to forget.

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Posted by LeftWingCracker on 08/19/2013 at 4:26 PM

C. L. Mullins and Leftwingcracker

Both of you are wrong!

Clmullens, King did concentrate on the bedrock economics. He wanted discrimination in hiring stopped and he wanted integration of the schools to bring parity between diplomas gained by blacks from black schools vs the ones gotten from white schools.

Leftwing, what made King so dangerous to America was not his aggressiveness about economic issues, but, it was his role as a leader to galvanize millions of followers that others feared. Even though he preached non-violence, if he had said, I am fed up with this waiting and called upon black America to openly rebel, that would have caused problems, almost as bad as the civil war.

There is also another theory that circulated in some black circles. Black leaders were not that upset with him being assassinated. You have to understand that King could have enriched himself and his so-called partners by billions of dollars. He turned down the money. The rest of them wanted the money. When King was assassinated, his estate was worth less than 100,000 dollars, much less than that.

It is a fact that after he was assassinated, his partners, underlings under him became filthy rich because they could then take the money being offered.

When one man in America can put over a million people in Washington, especially poor people, that is scary, real scary.

Think about it!

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Posted by oldtimeplayer on 08/19/2013 at 7:57 PM

OTP,
You need to read closer. I didn't mention Dr King. I was referring to the movement in general terms.

As for how I understand LetWingCracker's post he was pointing out that Dr King's death was warranted after he became aggressive on economic issues (and coincidentally VietNam). His ability to raise millions to action, ie 1963, long predated his assassination.

But thank you for revealing unto us the mysterious activities within "some black circles".

Nice use of exclamation point though.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 08/19/2013 at 10:00 PM
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