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Area residents participate in MLK march

September 1, 2013

By KATIE ATKINS OBSERVER staff writer The events that took place in Washington 50 years ago hold different meanings for many different people....

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Sep-01-13 4:48 PM

Children learn what they live. Dr. King was murdered before he had the chance to tell people to quit taking hand-outs from anyone. Those over 50 yrs and under 50 yrs have very different opinions on whether race relations have improved. I feel we are still being pitted aganst one another. How strong would we be if we united as being human in our country?

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Sep-01-13 3:32 PM

Fifty years ago we had school segregation. Fifty years ago they had Jim Crow laws that prevented many from voting. Fifty years ago there was discrimination in housing, in credit, and in jobs. Fifty years ago they lynched many Black people for having the nerve to be born Black. Fifty + years ago they murdered young Emmitt Till for 'whistling' at a white woman. Fifty years ago they shot Medgar Evans in the back in his own driveway as his wife was inside with their three young children. Fifty years ago they turned fire hoses and dogs on protesters. Fifty years ago President Johnson called the National Guard to protect children going to school.

We as a Country have made major strides forward for equality for all. We just still have much more to go in order to eradicate discrimination and racism which contributes greatly to each issue you mentioned.

By the way, several of the speakers directly addressed many of the issues that you stated..telling people to take more responsibl

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Sep-01-13 3:12 PM

So, what has the movement accomplished in 50 years? Black unemployment rates are still more than double the rate of white unemployment. Unwed mothers still account for 73% of black babies. Black on black murder is still rampant throughout the country. Our prison population is still dominated by minorities. In spite of all the civil rights legislation and affirmative action what has the black community accomplished in 50 years? The fact remaains that until they stabilize family life and concentrate on education the black race will continue to suffer and lag behind other races. It's not a white problem. It's not a discrimination problem and they could hold a million man march every weekend and it will not solve the problem. It's a problem that can only be solved when the black community comes to realize that they are the source of their own problems.

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