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Thursday, 29 August 2013


From Joshua Muravchik's article in the September issue of Commentary entitled "Fifty Years After the March": "Its great success was attributable to impressive leadership. Four whites -- representatives of Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish denominations and labor leader Walter Reuther -- spoke at the march and served on its executive committee. But they were later additions to the original core group, comprising the leaders of the major civil-rights organizations: [Martin Luther] King ... Wilkins ...Farmer ... Young ... and [A. Philip] Randolph, president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly black labor union. The Big Six, as they were called, naturally had their rivalries and vanities and other shortcomings, but in addition to their eloquence, they each exhibited intelligence, learning, and a profound sense of responsibility ... None was a hustler or huckster or demagogue out to glorify himself on the back of his people. ... In addition, at the very core of the march was what we might call the 'big two,' Randolph and Rustin. Randolph, who was already in his seventies, was in effect the chairman of the march ... Wilkins paid tribute to the accomplishment of the 'big two.' History, he reflected, 'has attached the name of Reverend King to the march, but I suspect it would be more accurate to call it Randolph's march - and Rustin's.'" Much, much more in the article. Great post, Yael.
Mannie Sherberg
You'd think that in a week when the Justice Department announced it would try to put Louisiana's voucher system -- one of the best things that've happened to black kids in a very long time -- out of business, black Americans would be flocking not to a rally on the Mall in Washington but into the arms of the Republican party. Yesterday's rally stank -- there's no better word -- of hypocrisy, sanctimony, and cant. This was largely -- not entirely but largely -- an assemblage of black hustlers and con men whose real concern is not the well-being of black youngsters in Louisiana (or anywhere else) but making sure their already fat wallets remain as fat as Al Sharpton used to look. The brazenness of this carnival of corruptocrats can be measured by the stunning fact that the lies so flagrantly bandied about at yesterday's jamboree were justified in the name of a dead man: Martin Luther King. What a barefaced bunch of bamboozlers.

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