‘I Have a Dream’ coauthor Clarence Jones on color blindness, Ibram X. Kendi, black-Jewish relations, and why MLK ‘wouldn’t permit what’s going on.’
“So, when asked if America has made any progress on race, Jones is dumbstruck. “Are you kidding?” he said, with shock in his voice. “Any person who says that to the contrary, any black person who alleges themselves to be a scholar, or any white person who says otherwise, they’re just not telling you the truth.”
Please feel free to tell the Democrat Party about this because they are still aggressively profiteering off of Black People.
Thank you, Francesca, for this lovely portrait of perhaps, the last of the lions--a charming man who contributed to so much in the country. His words are gold. He reminds me a bit of my advisor at Stanford, Herbie Lindenberger, whom, I am sure, Clarence Jones may have known. Both men--clear as tuning forks, forward-thinking, not bitter. Appreciate the reporting.
Race relations in America have markedly deteriorated. There is no doubt of that. But you fool yourself if you don't understand the hideous damage done by the American Left and particularly the Leftist Democrat Party to the racial healing that followed the Civil Rights Act and continued right up to the turn of this Century. But then something strange and sinister took hold. Fostered by dark forces that didn't want racial harmony. . Calling half of America "white supremacists" and fostering a grievance culture by pushing a false narrative of white police hunting black men they peddled sheer poison. Seeking to divide Americans they shrieked for ridiculous slave reparations for people who were never enslaved. Whites are increasingly marginalized in their own land. The mayhem and riots following the George Floyd debacle were a sad spectacle of intimidation and craven cowardice by our institutions in the face of racist shakedowns. Do you honestly think this will end well? Or that it wasn't all done with a very sinister purpose? When a legally colorblind society is replaced by demonization of white Americans we are entering truly dangerous waters. To have an American president braying this vile garbage - notwithstanding his senility and patent stupidity - needs to be stopped. Not only because it is dangerous and idiotic, but because in the destabilization of our nation, it is nothing less than treason.
When Obama was elected I thought "this is awesome, he's living proof that anything is achievable and he's going to lead by example." I naively thought that he might actually put the racism bogeyman to bed.
And what did he do?
He stirred the pot and ginned up racial grievance like no other president since reconstruction. He promoted misinformation about Trayvon Marin and Michael Brown. He bitched and moaned and sowed the seeds of discord. He is directly responsible for the grievance olympics we're all forced to compete in. What a complete PoS. Biden managed to be even worse. A legacy of total failure.
It is a shame, that while Jewish people were the first white group to support MLK’s dream, today, many, if not most, black communities are anti-semitic. When together we formed a powerful coalition. When divided, the nation loses dramatically.
I honor “The Last Lion,” and I hope his memory and that of Dr. King are not lost forever.
I feel the Free Press’ momentum building with each passing month.. I’m seeing credits across numerous platforms given to Free Press contributors... This gives me hope for a better tomorrow in the USA.. Interviews like this one! What a soulful and sweet man Mr Jones is.. sweet in a sense that his story brings such a positive tone in this mess of a race relations world we live in today. His relationship with MLK and this story so important as I reflect this weekend. Thank you Free Press!
Please,PLEASE correct this wording: "King’s now infamous “I Have a Dream” speech..."
It's a FAMOUS speech, not infamous.
"Infamous: a) well known for some bad quality or deed: b) wicked; abominable"
Everything King and Jones believed and worked for was tossed in the toilet the day they (the black community) judged George Floyd by the color of his skin rather than the content of his character
It is a shame that the lions like Jones and Sowell are not heard by all. Thank you TheFreePress for taking another lead on reporting and hopefully reaching beyond the walls of the subscriber choir.
This is a very important interview with an even more important message. I certainly hope that Kendi and the other anti-MLK Jr. activists read this and heed Jones' final words here.
Thank you, Francesca! America needs a resurgence of King's words and ideals.
So good to read this ....
It is a sin that this man is not better known and celebrated. It is also a sin that the wisdom and teachings of Dr King are disappearing as the years go by. We desperately need more people of good character in our lives on both a personal level and at the leadership level ( and that applies on both sides of the political aisle and in all too many of our critical educational, business and other institutions-- this is about values not personalities).
I would love to hear he and Victor Davis Hanson jointly lecture, on anything they wanted to discuss, sometime.
I'm guessing they know each other, and their messages are so important, yet overlooked.
I recall the very early days of identity politics and diversity training in the USAF back in the late 1960s when the Black Panthers were at their peak, street riots were common and calls for affirmative action for African-Americans, based on past slavery and racial discrimination, were everywhere. During my military basic training we were required to sit through a lecture by a Black sergeant, a nice guy as I recall and a thoughtful one. He used the ball-and-chain analogy oft-heard at the time to justify preferential treatment, suggesting that someone who has been so burdened, rather than lining up with everyone else at the starting line, should be advanced farther down the course in order to make things fair and more equal in trying to get ahead in this world. I listened attentively if not fully approvingly, questioning whether the proper remedy for those discriminated against in the past was to now discriminate against other groups. Though such preferential treatment may be welcomed by the recipients and supported by those of goodwill, it cannot be said to be just to those abused or made to suffer by such an action of the State, one constitutionally dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal under the law. My demeanor may have revealed my worry, as the good sergeant seemed to take note, asking me, “And Airman Hastings, what do you think?”
I was nonplussed and appreciated his openness, but didn’t reply, not possessing a fully formed proper answer and not wanting to openly challenge what I perceived to be a genuine attempt to talk freely about a sensitive and complex topic. No doubt, I was also not responding out of fear that my comments would give offense. But the words of Victor Hugo did cross my mind and I’ve often thought that I should have uttered them, offered as an anodyne and inducement for further reflection, rather than remained mum: “In joined hands there is hope; in the clenched fist there is none.”
It's not white people who have turned their backs on MLK's Dream.
Thanks for sharing this portrait of an important, forgotten hero.
Too bad this guy isn’t more predominant to counteract the voices of hustlers like sharpton and Jackson and all the grifter black reps in congress and Kamala Harris. He sounds too smart for that crowd however.
And guess who was in office 10 years ago? The guy that wanted to fundamentally change America, Barack Hussein Obama.