"What Would Martin Luther King Say"
This paper explains that underneath the surface of President Clinton's 1993 speech "What Would Martin Luther King Say", presented to an audience of black ministers in Memphis are some ugly social comments.
# 68540 | 2,485 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on Aug 25, 2006 in History (U.S. Presidency) , English (Argument) , African-American Studies (General)
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The paper stresses that President Bill Clinton's Speech "What Would Martin Luther King Say" failed to address the fact that the destruction of families in black culture, which he condemns as a cause of crime, is closely tied to a racially discriminatory war on drugs, overwhelming poverty and lack of access to birth control methods. The author points out that throughout the speech, Clinton was putting words into Martin Luther King's mouth that King himself would never have spoken, such as condemning ghetto violence while simultaneously subtly claiming that the military is the answer to the black man's problem, which are directly opposite to the basic tenets of King's philosophy. The paper relates that a third major flaw is that Clinton addresses the black ministers with a severe racial hubris, never making any mention of the racial differences that might call into question his naive brotherly demeanor.
From the Paper:"The president does not criticize continued educational inequality, disparity in income and treatment within the justice system, or continued racial segregation in every sector of society except, perhaps, the military (where lower-income black soldiers serve and die in disparate large numbers -- they represent 22% of soldiers and 12% of the population, according to IMDiversity.com.) His gall is turned entirely on a perceived moral decay in the black American community, and here he focuses on stories of young black males committing crimes and young black women having children out of wedlock, speaking out about the lack of "structure, role-modeling, discipline..." in black families. After discussing Martin Luther King's supposed pride in the strides made so far in our culture, Clinton moved immediately to discussing a recent case in which a 13-year-old black child committed murder with an automatic weapon, killing other children."
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