“Why We Need to March… Again” (Benjamin Todd Jealous)

Civil rights agitator activist Benjamin Jealous thinks things are as bad and unjust for blacks now as they were in 1963.

Remember the March on Washington? August 28, 1963. Tens of thousands of activists on the National Mall. A preacher’s son from Atlanta talking about his dream for the country.

We don’t need a history lesson. Even if we weren’t at the March itself — even for those like me, who were not yet born — Dr. King’s words are etched into our minds as deeply as they are inscribed in stone at the base of his memorial. The preacher’s son has taken his rightful place in the pantheon of national heroes.

We don’t need to watch a rerun of that fateful day. We need a sequel.

On Saturday, August 24th, the NAACP is co-hosting a sequel to the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice: the 2013 March on Washington. The march begins at 8:00 am, at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Join us.

If this year has shown us anything, it’s that the work of the 1963 march is not yet finished. Texas and South Carolina are sprinting forward with voter ID after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act. African American unemployment has flat lined. Our children are gunned down each and every day in senseless acts of violence. Trayvon Martin lies in the ground after one such senseless act.

from Huffington Post

Apparently they’re going to keep marching until someone, somewhere (not they themselves but “someone else”) does something?

Sorry, but when most of the violence we’re talking about is black-on-black violence, I don’t see what whites are supposed to do about it.

And Trayvon Martin is still not Emmet Till. And probably won’t become Emmet Till no matter how hard anyone tries.

And being expected to show your driver’s license as a prerequisite to voting is not unreasonable…unless you’re in favor of voter fraud.

I will grant the unemployment is a problem: we need to replace public schools with something that works – something that prioritizes the education of the students over the political agenda of the teachers. And we need to do something about the reality that most black kids in today’s public schools are stigmatized for “acting white” if they try too hard. (Maybe Jealous should be marching through inner city Chicago?)