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President Barack Obama is having his presidency reconfirmed on the same day that we celebrate the brilliant life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Some say that this is more than a symbolic coincidence, that it is instead a reminder of the connected destinies of two great black men. But there are others who feel that while Dr. King cleared the path for President Obama, he would be disappointed in his work thus far.  Black unemployment is over 14%, poverty is higher than it’s been in quite some time, and African Americans remained dogged by an incarceration problem of epidemic proportions.  What would Dr. King have to say about all this? We took the question to the Facebook to see what our readers had to say.  The conversation is below:   Netra TheQueen Lewis  get them —— back in line!! they tarnishing my reputation!! 59 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  12 Lynette Ladylibra Jackson  Look how far we came, great job my friend 58 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  11 Lamont Jordan  What would he say about our generation and where we went wrong….this is not the dream he fought and died for 57 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  22 Bossanova Brown  I wish I knew 57 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  3 Sotonya Nelums  change has come 57 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  5 Christopher Mosley  Is THIS what I gave my life for…..smh? 57 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  12 Roland Sampson  We have loss won and became but we have yet to over come 56 minutes ago  ·  "}"> Like  ·  7 Tracie Shotwell  Move out the way Son n Let a Real Man Show You How to Do This! 56 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  4 Sena Wheeler  You fight hard for something and never give up, anything is possible!!! 56 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  4 Anthony Antman Morris  I had a dream, this is close but we still have a lot of work to do. 56 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  10 Roland Sampson  Watch your back! 55 minutes ago  ·  "}"> Like  ·  3 Matthew Mitchell  i think he would praise obama but be ahsamed of what our culture has become, especially the music. 55 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  16 Mziknowathelikes Green  MISSION COMPLETE!!!!!!! 55 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Kironde Eberhardt  WTF is this? 55 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Hezekial Hiram Zillerman   http://youtu.be/NcSVxNafit8 55 minutes ago  ·  "}"> Like Lenora Fitts  way to go keep doing what you do god bless 55 minutes ago  ·  "}"> Like  ·  3 Mankynd Wilson  Please remind them of where of where they have been, while showing them where they’re going. Good job brother. 55 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  8 Jason T Burton  Well done 55 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  4 M DeXter Poullard  ”Don’t let the CAI tape you messin’ which them hoes”…….. 53 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  Edited  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Angie Walker L  keep your head up young man. we got along hard road ahead. your own people will try and find faults in you. but stay prayed up. God’s got your back! 53 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  21 Diane EvansDavy-Holmes  Keep the dream alive and dont let nobody turn you around. 53 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  7 Tracie Shotwell  Ok Obama listen up n take notes because you are going to need a pen n pad so you may want to write this down just incase I happen to leave you will still have something to work with. 52 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like Marcus Applebag Stout  You working for the oppressor. Who r you? 52 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  3 Corrie Baptiste- Magee  Impeach him he’s a fraud 52 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Tatasohappytobefavored Ellis  I think he’d be proud of the prez but a little upset with us (blacks) cuz a lot of us are actin up.. 51 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  14 Taurean Reborn Brisbane  he’d b pleaded an afro american is president, but he’d also speak of his disapproval of today’s black people. its NOT just the black youth messin things up 50 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  8 Matthew Mitchell  i think he would wonder why we are able to quickly & casually disrespect each other… 49 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  8 Toiya P Hunter  Keep doing a great and positive job. The dream is continued work. Keep going forward so that every mankind can continue the live dream to reality for future generations to come. Come too far to turn around. Press forward POTUS and VPOTUS!! 48 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Maty Roberts  A man of color in the White House as President…my dream, my vision. Now, he (the President) must give attention to the issues of the black people for they need and deserve a true leader. 48 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  3 Amber Henderson  God Bless you my son . …. you have a great task ……. WE DID IT OUR TIME HAS COME…….. KEEP MY DREAM ALIVE. 47 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Kenya Guiden  something positive and pray and cry happy tears together god is so good my people and black history is 365 46 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  Edited  ·  "}"> Like  ·  3 Kendrick Del Mclean  I don’t think he would be on “team obama” Remember, he was about peace, and our president isn’t a man of peace. 47 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  4 Devonna Milliondollargurl Lonberger  I think if Dr. King would say that as the original people of the Earth we should be united and not divided. We can be what any ” other ” people can do we have to eat right and live right. Quit all the games and apply ourselves instead of killing our brothers and sisters in these streets and playing with peoples hearts when we should love each other as originals. Just a thought on the things I feel I would say if I was in his shied to say something. Its great we got a black president and first family. I know he would be proud but black people as a whole are not united like our ancestors were. In Africa it takes a village to raise a child. To me that means that as a whole race were something else besides what we were made to be by people taking over our territories and making us different. 46 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  7 Fred Worthy  He wud b sayg god bless u my son 45 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  3 Tia Hollis  He would say ” 1 of my dreams became a reality. A strong black man has earned the Presidentcy. “ 43 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  7 Greg Silverback Cook  Is this it!? Is this what I took all those a*s whoopings for?? 42 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  6 Matt Murphy  I think he would say we have regressed 41 minutes ago  ·  "}"> Like  ·  3 Matt Murphy  not as white and black, but as human beings 40 minutes ago  ·  "}"> Like  ·  7 Karen Bennett  My dream has come to reality! 40 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  3 Karla Merritt  Free @ last, Free @ last. Thank GOD ALMIGHTY We are FREE at last….#WelcomeToTheRevolution…. 40 minutes ago  ·  "}"> Like  ·  5 Lydia Watts Smith  This Is My Dream Come True!!!!!!! 39 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 DawnmakeUsmile Chavis  U had a dream “! 38 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Tachae J Davis  He would be as unsatisfied with Obama’s impearialist war crimes, just as he was under other presidents. He’d be disappointed in the busting of the unions, the re-enstated and perpetuated violence against youth, especially those of color. King wouldn’t let the president’s color keep him from criticism of him, which is disappointling what a lot of older black people are doing. 38 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  3 Kimberly c*x  We have overcome 37 minutes ago  ·  "}"> Like Kim Stegall  STAY IN GOD’S WILL KEEP YOUR CHIN UP STAY TRUE TO YOUR FAMILY AND TO YOUR PEOPLE DONT WORRY ABOUT THE NEGATIVES GOD PUT YOU HERE FOR A REASON THAT ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO THEM THAT BELIEVE IN HIM YOU ARE A GOOD MAN YOU ARE GONNA DO JUST FINE.. 34 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Kim Stegall  By 33 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like Greta UBeencourage Green  Well Done my son we still have work to do but I’m proud of you…Dreamx2!!! 32 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Countin Stacks  im proud of you young man. keep up the good work, progress is far from over!! 30 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  2 Denesse Jones  Our dream came true free at last free at last thank God it came true 27 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Steppinlil Gerald  Dr.King would say about Obama its not you’re fault that Negro’s have went backward and lost their minds. Mostly the Negro that have not been successful that whisper the loudest. Blacks with money ain’t mad as broke negros 25 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Jennafer Johnson  I risked my life for equality and a better tomorrow for our children…and y’all choose this knucklehead to represent us?! 24 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Monique Hunter  Finally! 23 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Benji Cote  He’d be disappointed. 22 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like Shadelle Ferguson  That he is doing his job. He is doing his best. He is not incapable of fixing a nation that’s in turmoil. 20 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  2 Natasha Kersh  lol @ christopher….. 19 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like Natasha Kersh  if he be disappointed he will be disappointed in us as a race…… 17 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  2 Yolanda Kindell  Well Done. 16 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Taneshia Lawrence  My dream is alive 16 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  2 Lynnette Medina  M.L.K. would be happy remember our President was elected during the war!!!! 15 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Donna Mentzer  Don’t let a mf rule you or your decision. Do you all the time. 14 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  "}"> Like  ·  1 Bernice Crawford  Martin would say “the torch is in your hands barack now finish the task set before you.” and we the people know the torch is in good hands and leadership dr king so rip and we will finish with the president that god has brought to lead our nation. two great men nartin and obama. 9 minutes ago  ·  "}"> Like  ·  2 Thomas Bratcher  Martin would say, what about the poor Barack? They are saying we are in recession but the money is just being stolen. 4 minutes ago  via  mobile  ·  Unlike  ·  2 Shawn Kgb Griffin  Off to a good start – it took too long but now its time to try harder!

Ask Black America: What Would Dr. King Say to Obama Right Now?

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President Barack Obama is having his presidency reconfirmed on the same day that we celebrate the brilliant life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Some say that this is more than a symbolic coincidence, that it is instead a reminder of the connected destinies of two great black men.

But there are others who feel that while Dr. King cleared the path for President Obama, he would be disappointed in his work thus far.  Black unemployment is over 14%, poverty is higher than it’s been in quite some time, and African Americans remained dogged by an incarceration problem of epidemic proportions.  What would Dr. King have to say about all this?

We took the question to the Facebook to see what our readers had to say.  The conversation is below:

 

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  1. Dr. King would say “I had a determined movement on my side and no real protection for me or my family, yet I led the dismantling of the racial injustice of segregation, Jim Crow and lynchings.You Mr. President today face and fight the white sons and grandsons along with the negroes that hid during the civil rights movement. They inhabit the seats of congress and right-wing media and seek to bring you down like I. Congratulations in showing that in spite of one can aspire to and achieve to overcome in America, Mr. President”.

  2. He would say ” I thought I had it bad, I only had to deal with the racist bigots of my time. You on the other hand must deal with the West, Smiley, Watkins & Carnell I don’t envy you at all

  3. He would say ” I thought I had it bad, I only had to deal with the racist bigots of my time. You on the other hand must deal with the West, Smiley, Watkins & Carnell I don’t envy you at all

  4. President Obama and MLK were/are products of their own times…example: MLK started/continued something whereas Obama is in a position where America is in denial and can’t/won’t accept a Black Man as President…his tactics demand a different way of doing things. Sad but true!!! Peace out!

  5. i think MLK jr. would be beside himself. glad that an African American made it into office, but disappointed in what he has done for the advancement of our people, culture and general way of life. they say Obama cant have a black agenda it wouldn’t look good bad for business… But like grandma use to say “if not you,who?” and yet I voted for him twice and I would again if possible for one simple reason…. “if not me,who?”

  6. YEP PROUD YEP DISAPPOINTED. HE WOULD DEFIANTLY TAKE OBAMA TO TASK ABOUT NOT ADDRESSING, I MEAN HECK YOU CAN ADDRESS BLACK UNEMPLOYMENT AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION. WOULD IT KILL YA TO LAY OUT A PLAN FOR US.

  7. Both are good men. I think that Prez Obama cares too much about the all and minorities are still suffering. It's sad. I don't agree with the Rebublicans at all and I see now better than ever after the 2012 election that they will flat out lie to win an election. However, I don't think Prez Obama is doing all he can to turn things around. He needs to mandate some things like Republicans did for years not caring about the effects and how the other side views it…He's waaayyyy to nice to folk who kept us down for far too long. fair shouldn't be in his vocab…it helps only his character as a man not the people.

  8. Martin L. King, I believe would be proud of Obama. He knew that this battle can only be won in steps.This is just another step. Maybe it is taken too much time as far as some of people are concerned, but, everything takes time. President Obama is just a stepping stone. Like Martin said “I may not get there with you, but we will get there”. If you remember that some of our people did not approve King either. You are not going to please all of the people. But if you don’t look ahead the Republicans will make sure that these days that you have enjoyed having a Black president will never happen again. It is time to work with Obama and plan for a future black president. Don’t underestermate the kkk REPUBLICANS.

  9. Obama and King were both shepherds, in Dr. Kings’ day the predators where of a different sort, overt and deadly, now the predators are more covert, therefore the shepherd must be twice as cunning… and must anticipate the dangers to his herd far in advance and must foster alliances if necessary to protect them.

  10. I can only speak for myself but I would imagine Martin Luther King would have mixed emotions. On one hand, he would feel the frustration so many of us feel at the level of ignorance and hatred that still dwells in white America, resulting in continuing injustice towards black people. On the other hand, he would acknowledge that some things have improved, some doors have been opened and I feel quite certain he would be extremely proud of President Obama for his leadership and dignity against so much obstruction. We all want to see more progress and expect results. Few of us could achieve them in the environment that President Obama has to endure.

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