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RNC Suggested ‘Dream’ Speakers, CORE Uninvited

From the Washington Post:

RNC recommended several speakers for March on Washington

By Ed O’Keefe | August 29, 2013

Officials with the Republican National Committee said Thursday that they recommended to organizers of the official commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington the names of several current and former black Republican elected officials who might have been available to speak at the event.

Despite the misleading headline and lead, the Post is actually trying to supply a little more cover for their bosses in the Democrat Party.

The RNC provided the organizers a list of suggested speakers via e-mail on Aug. 14 — just two weeks before the event at the Lincoln Memorial — after several other current and former Republican officials declined to attend and speak due to scheduling conflicts or ill health, according to RNC communications director Sean Spicer.

You see? The RNC sent over their list too late. So it’s their fault. (And it couldn’t be that they only sent out such a list because the Democrats hadn’t sent any invitations to any Republicans yet.)

Spicer said that the list included Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), the only black U.S. senator; former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-Okla.), who for several years was the only black Republican House lawmaker [sic]; and T.W. Shannon, the 35-year-old African-American speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and a member of the RNC’s “Rising Stars” program launched recently to highlight the work of younger and minority conservative GOP activists and elected officials.

The RNC’s list should have also included Allen West, the black Republican from Florida, whom the DNC went all out to defeat because he spoke so eloquently against the Obama administration.

Spicer declined multiple requests to provide a copy of the e-mail sent to event organizers.

In other words, he’s probably lying.

Event organizers also said Thursday that in addition to inviting top congressional leaders and former presidents to attend and speak at the rally beginning five weeks ago, a general invitation was sent to House and Senate lawmakers via e-mail on Aug. 8 — just 20 days before the event. The invitation was sent during the first full week of the five-week congressional summer recess, when lawmakers are normally home in their districts, traveling the country or the world on official or campaign travel or on vacation.

Greg Blair, a spokesman for Scott, said that the senator’s office received “a blanket bcc invitation that looks like it went to every office” on Aug. 8. “There was no action or effort to have the senator speak” at the event, Blair said…

In other words, these Republicans were supposed to give up their vacations, drop everything, to be background extras for the Democrat speakers.

Meanwhile, we also have this from Breitbart:

MLK Event Excluded Conservative Key Organizer of ’63 March

By Kerry Picket | August 30, 2013

A conservative group which helped organize the famous March on Washington says it was left out of the seminal civil rights event’s 50th anniversary celebration held Wednesday.

The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) was one of the six big organizing groups who coordinated the 1963 March on Washington 50 years ago. However, CORE says none of the event organizers at this year’s remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech invited anyone from the black conservative organization, particularly CORE’s chairman and ’63 March on Washington alum Roy Innis, to speak…

The late James Farmer, a principal founder of CORE and longtime civil rights activist, was thrown in jail in Plaquemine, Louisiana during a protest for "disturbing the peace" on the day MLK Jr. gave his speech. Farmer sent his own speech to the March on Washington, which was read by Floyd McKissick, an aide in CORE. "We will not stop," Farmer wrote, "until the dogs stop biting us in the South and the rats stop biting us in the North."

Roy Innis was part of CORE’s Harlem chapter at the time. Innis eventually became national director of CORE in 1968. CORE spokesman Niger Innis sent Breitbart News the following statement:

The Congress of Racial Equality, one of the partner organizations for the March on Washington, was NOT invited..

The 1988 movie Mississippi Burning is the based on the story of these three young CORE members who were murdered in April of 1964.

Just imagine if the parties were reversed. Imagine the outrage if Republicans held a celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation and didn’t invite any Democrats to come until it was too late for them to attend.

(Which actually would have been historically justified, since the Democrats vehemently opposed Emancipation. Whereas the Republicans supported the Civil Rights movement, which was opposed by the Democrats.)

Meanwhile, we also have this, via Breitbart:

Only 10% of Americans Think Race Relations Have Improved Under Obama

By William Bigelow | August 30, 2013

Only 10% of Americans think race relations have improved since the election of Barack Obama, according to a new Rasmussen poll. 43% think race relations have deteriorated and 44% say there’s been no change. Only 30% of those polled think race relations are good or excellent.

Yet in January 2009, just before Obama was inaugurated, 48% of Americans thought race relations would improve, including 75% of blacks. But now, 87% of black Americans say the U.S. justice system is unfair to blacks. 80% of black Americans think George Zimmerman was guilty in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death.

So Mr. Obama’s election and re-election does not seem to have done much to advance Dr. King’s dream of a color-blind society.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 30th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “RNC Suggested ‘Dream’ Speakers, CORE Uninvited”

  1. DrRJP

    Next year, at the Lincoln Memorial, on June 10, 1964, there will be a 50th anniversary celebration in honor of Republican Senator Everett Dirksen ending of the Democrats’ record 57-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act. The vote for cloture was a veritable miracle and it made MLK’s “Dream into a reality, in spite of all the efforts that Segregationist Democrats used to keep equality laws from being passed.

    Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) had previously gutted the 1952 Civil Rights Law that Eisenhower had passed, only to hail himself as a hero by signing into law, the same Act that his fellow Southern Democrats had spent two months filibustering.

    LBJ’s comment was, “Now that the law has passed, them n***rs will be voting Democratic for the next 200 years.”

    • captstubby

      thank you for reminding us ,that the media ignored,
      on who are the true Civil Rights leaders.

      “At the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson praised the Republicans for their “overwhelming” support. Roy Wilkins, then-NAACP chairman, awarded Republican Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen of Illinois the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights Award for his “remarkable civil rights leadership.” Moreover, civil rights activist Andrew Young wrote in his book An Easy Burden that “The southern segregationists were all Democrats, and it was black Republicans… who could effectively influence the appointment of federal judges in the South” (p. 96). Young added that the best civil rights judges were Republicans appointed by President Dwight Eisenhower and that “these judges are among the many unsung heroes of the civil rights movement.”

      The historical facts and numbers show the Republican Party was more for civil rights than the Democrats from “the party of justice,” as Bill Bradley called it. The Civil Rights Act of 1964, in reality, could not have been passed without Republican votes. It is an “injustice” for contemporary Democratic politicians and the liberal news media to continue to not give the Republicans credit for their civil rights triumphs. Now is the time for Republicans to start informing black Americans of those historical triumphs to lead them back to their “home party.”

      (Excerpt) Read more at nationalcenter.org …

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      http://www.congresslink.org/civilrights/1964.htm


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