Officially titled the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the title underlines one of the ironies in this observation. At the time of the March black unemployment was ten percent. After untold trillions spent in the last half century to remedy this problem, black unemployment today is 13.4% and the unemployment rate for black teenagers is a stunning 41%.
Another irony is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ringing words about people being judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skins. With the racial spoils system that has been implemented in this country since 1963, we are no closer to this goal.
Yet another irony is the religious language in which Martin Luther King, Jr., an ordained minister, arrayed his calls for justice. Today such language would be reviled if spoken by anyone else by some of the same people who today will celebrate the “I Have a Dream Speech”.
The final irony is that the invocation that day long ago was given by Archbishop Patrick O’Boyle, Archbishop of Washington DC. This was symbolic of the strong support that the Church gave the Civil Rights movement. Today, many of those in the Democrat party who will celebrate the anniversary are actively engaged in an attempt to drive the Church from the public square.
A day to be remembered and pondered.