The following speeches were some of the best of the best (There were so many!) at today's March On Washington's 5oth anniversary.
The videos show four incredible speeches in full made by a very well-received and news-making Attorney General Eric Holder, nine-year-old Asean Johnson (the youngest to speak), the awe-inspiring Rep. John Lewis (who, at 23, was the youngest speaker 50 years ago), and the inimitable co-organizer of today's march, Rev. Al Sharpton.
You can read my thoughts here: The long civil rights movement: “Everything has changed. Nothing has changed.”
We must keep
#AdvancingTheDream. We have no choice.
Rev. Al Sharpton, activist and host of MSNBC's "Politics Nation," has spoken out against racial injustice for decades. A couple of conservative sites published a political cartoon in which Rev. Al is depicted as a lynching tree from which "various incidents in which Sharpton has been active" are being hung.
Classy. Real classy. That shouldn't stir things up at all.
What a surprise.
So today, this happened: VIDEO: Obama speaks out on #Zimmerman verdict, race ” #Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.” It was a powerful, sensitive, heartfelt effort to have a meaningful dialog with
America about race, keeping our kids safe, improved communication, and how to be more pro-active in the aftermath of the Zimmerman verdict.
This happened, too: The so-called "National Liberty Federation" posted the above image on their website. They also felt the need to include this panicky, paranoid alert (bolding mine):
Trouble is brewing. Stay away from these areas. This is the latest list of locations for the Trayvon Martin protests against white gun owners, American courts, jury verdicts, and the Rule of Law. [...]
PLEASE TAKE ALL APPROPRIATE AND LEGAL STEPS TO PROTECT AND PROVISION YOUR FAMILIES DUE TO THE HIGH PROBABILITY OF NATIONAL CIVIL UNREST CAUSED BY AL SHARPTON.
Then they listed a number of locations around the country and warn their readers urgently to "avoid these areas." Here are a couple of comments left under the post:
They are determined to start a race war. A Hispanic kills a black thug and it is the white gun owners fault? And the jury said the Hispanic was innocent! Sure beats Obama having to answer for Benghazi, the IRS, the NSA and the economy!
Just saw obama the instigator on TV. Instead of warning the gangsters not to riot, he empathized with Black males and in essence condoned their violence. If I were a Black male and listened to his “speech”, I would feel compelled to take to the streets and act out violently. At 12% of the population, this idiot is advocating a race war and the annihilation of his people.
See how outreachy these "patriots" are? They really ought to take a peek at this video from the Rachel Maddow Show: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”
Post-racial America, my ass.
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) was on Rev. Al Sharpton's "Politics Nation" yesterday, and he couldn't have been clearer:
They've clearly spent the whole last five years trying to tear the president down, but they've done it by throwing the American infrastructure and the society under the bus...
You know, it is really appalling when you think about it, that we have had people unemployed in this country since 2007 when the crash came, and we have had tremendous amounts of infrastructure that needs to be replaced. The jobs are there. We could put the people to work, and as Mr. Dionne says, we could invest in the future.
The idea that you stop investing in the future... it's only the radical tea party. The real Republicans, like Eisenhower, he believed in investing, he invested in the infrastructure of making a national highway system. It is not a Republican or Democratic idea going on right now. It's simply radical tea party people who want to destroy the government and think we will be better without it.
You wait and see, when it comes to their house as it did in Oklahoma. You'll see those guys from Oklahoma who voted against money for Sandy repair in New York, suddenly coming with their tin cup saying, "Oh, please help us for our problems here in Oklahoma."
You've got to think of us as one country that we all take care of each other...
E.J. Dionne's, "You shouldn't have to be lucky to cross a bridge in America" was also spot on.
Here's an idea, GOP: Start thinking of the American people for a change. Stop wasting everyone's time and money on abortion bills and inane witch hunts and start investing in our crumbling infrastructure so that we can create-- What are they called again? Oh yeah-- jobs.
As McDermott said, "All the other problems that face us would be gone if we had put people back to work.”
Here is the entire segment:
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) was on "Politics Nation" with Rev. Al Sharpton suggesting that Republican Congress members could benefit from a nice big dose of Ducolax:
"There's no question that the Republicans, at least in the House and perhaps in the Senate as well, have contributed significantly to the legislative constipation that we are experiencing here in the United States. If we had a balanced approach instead of the sequestration, we would probably have a higher number than 160,000 jobs that were created."
Kinda gives a whole new meaning to Republicans not giving a crap.
Those on the right love to tell us that the sequester hasn't hurt anyone, see, because as the Bikini Graph showed: Jobs were added, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7.5%. But as Cleaver pointed out, that doesn't account for future layoffs which, of course, could reverse the recent economic growth.
Here is the entire segment:
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