Saturday, July 25, 2015

Statesmen and Statements- Jimmy Carter & Martin L King Jr

By Kenneth Moeng:
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President Jimmy Carter
It was January 14th 1979 when President Jimmy Carter visited the Ebenezer Baptist Church where he made a speech to accept a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, None Violent Peace Prize at 2:53 p.m. 

In his speech he stated:

“…..We have survived as an increasingly free people now for 200 years, and we will prevail in the struggle for human rights, because men and women like Daddy King, Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta King, Andy Young, and all those in the civil rights movement will never stop believing in the promise of our democracy, even in its darkest days. And others like me have learned from you; together we will prevail. 

Our visit to the President Jimmy Carter started off slightly after 11am on Friday July 24th 2015. To what may have seemed like an uninteresting visit with our reception discussion with President Carters secretary, little did I know that this was just the beginning. The President’s Press Secretary gave us the nuts and bolds and educated some of us, because, Carters’ presidency for me, came about during a time when I starting primary school and over the years, I had only little information about his legacy, maybe because he did only one term. Someone I grew remembering or hearing on the news a lot about was President Ronald Reagan (81-89).
President Ronald Reagan
Carter’s speech in 1979 spoke volumes, something that needs to be promoted even in todays’ USA. Racial segregation was at its pic in the -80s and you might argue that it still exists today. Speaking to our tour guide, Dr. Barry E. Lee (PHD), concurs with me that there might just not be a any big difference on the fore and its contents that ‘Traditions, Religion’, bare no difference while Capitalism (money), that the latter, current future evil promotes segregation due to the free market economies in the world.

VIDEO: Dr. Barry E. Lee (PHD)

I came across an article from TomDispatch, which quotes that, “so much has changed or yet so little”  says Ariel Dorfman
I think Dr. Luther put it correctly by saying:
“It is no longer a choice, my friends, between 
violence and nonviolence. 

It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.”
The narrative that gore my heart was on the Montgomery public transport boycott
where “ …the boycotters endured fines, arrests, and even physical attacks. But on November 13th, 1956, the Supreme Court finally ruled that racial segregation laws for buses were unconstitutional. In just over a year, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was ended.”
President Carter’s quote about racism in todays times:
“…I don't think the Tea Party people are racist, except maybe a tiny portion of them. But there has been a deliberate effort - again, referring to Fox Broadcasting - to inject the race issue into it. They have actually called Obama a racist on television.
Free at last free at last:

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Freedom is not only realized in United States of America, it is enjoyed even by those outside the USA , like the release of ….66 Americans who were taken captive when Iranian militants seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 4, 1979, including three who were at the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Freedom is everywhere, it needs to be embraced. 

They too called their release ‘ free at last. Much of what President Carter and Dr King fought for during their times and today, has been met in many ways. What is left is the common politics that form a barrier of indifference, like how someone goes and shoots people in a movie or in a church, is in itself mental colonialism perpetrated by the inability of the law to call it what it is without having to change laws. The USA has for a long time been its own prison, caught between the extremist, tea party people and the far right people. Cases of Police brutality or unjust justice practices affect either lines of white to white, black to black or either way. Televisions stations, newspapers, bloggers, tweeters, social media people, radios and the whole spectrum of media has often advocated for America who is hearty and considerate, not so much by taking away the rights of those who offer a different opinion. 

However these opinions are often seen with negative effects on TV, to an extent, as the ugly part of a broken society. Watching news this morning, a commentator asked a Senator, as to why the law still today fails to be able to be the gate keepers, by ensuring that people who are for example, mentally unstable, are not given firearms. My answer is that, insanity is an unmeasurable disease, some will choose to die alone, while others choose to die by taking others with them, and so liberated or none, the cue of this insanity can be heard across a few political opponents running for the Presidency.  Would you say that this segregation will end. I do not think it will for now, it will take e new kind of capitalism to have a balance. 

A life lived by President Jimmy Carter till today is a noble one and the one left by Dr Martin Luther King Jr is a treat to many. 
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