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January 17, 2014

HAMILTON: Is Martin Luther really the King?

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Niagara Gazette — “It doesn’t bother us, because it ain’t us.” And then we go on with our lives and make no provision or sacrifice for the freedoms of others; instead we complain about foreign aid and military interventions.

We justify this because our overweight selves claim that our nation should first feed the poor within its own boundaries, personally relieving us of our supposed well-churched-selves to do so. We talk about such things, even as we sip our $4 cups of coffee and munch on our $3 pastries in our snacks between our lunch and dinner.

We claim that we could instead us that foreign aid and military money for the domestic use in obtaining more imported flat panel televisions, computers and game consoles, and to improve the roads so that we do less harm to our imported luxury automobiles.

All the while we make less than real efforts in securing the ability of our children to learn, earn and to leave a legacy for their own grandchildren — children to whom Martin Luther King means to them about the same thing that Martin Van Buren means to us.

We, as black people, ought to be ashamed of ourselves — especially those of us in Niagara Falls, the supposed home of the Niagara Movement and its subsequent birth of the NAACP.

We should have a greater responsibility for picking up that torch of freedom that fell from the hand of King, and to under the balcony of that Memphis motel. It is not just because of the Movement or the NAACP but because we have every opportunity to get an education; even while our school system have bused our young children, for so long and so far, away from their parents’ ability to fully participate in their education. While it is easier to vote, as any fool can, we should participate in education anyway.

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