Carol Platt Liebau

Monday, January 17, 2005

Here's AOL's list of ten young civil rights leaders to watch. Question: There isn't any conservative who belongs in that list? Not one? Just the usual, same-old assortment of 'activists', artists, etc.

On MLK's birthday, it's worth mentioning that what's known today as the "civil rights movement" is a far cry from the American heroes who initiated it several decades ago. Today, the overwhelming majority of the "civil rights lobby" has become little more than a sclerotic, bloated liberal adjunct of the Democratic party. Is there anyone who really thinks that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are genuine "civil rights leaders" -- rather than simply shake down artists and self promoters of the first order?

Isn't the right to a decent education a "civil right"? Might want to check out the concept of "school choice." Isn't the right to live in a decent culture a semi-civil right? Might want to get a handle on the violent, repugnant and misogynist lyrics being glorified as the "art" of rapping. And isn't it a civil right to be able to worship freely and have one's faith respectd in the public square? Well, those aren't concerns that anyone in today's 'civil rights movement' seems terribly worried about.

Apparently it's more fun to worry about how many minorities are on television than it is to do the hard work of teaching young people (of all races) about turning off the tube, working hard in school, exercising sexual restraint, and making good life choices. That's something that might be of value -- but it's so much less glamorous than hobnobbing with television executives or Wall Street bigshots (link won't work, but -- schadenfreude alert -- CNS news reported on 1/11 that NYSE had withdrawn its sponsorship of Jackson's "Wall Street Project".)

2 Comments:

Blogger Marshall Art said...

Oh no! You don't understand! The number one priority super important civil rights cause is far and away the plight of those poor gay/lesbian/transgender people who are just exactly spittin'image the same as black people. Can't forget them!

9:04 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Oh no! You don't understand! The number one priority super important civil rights cause is far and away the plight of those poor gay/lesbian/transgender people who are just exactly spittin'image the same as black people. Can't forget them!

9:04 PM  

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