A Poem For Black History Month About The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

For Martin Luther King Jr., Day

People say we’ve come so far.
It all depends on who you are.

There’s been no other to fill your shoes.
Today, you’ll again make headline news.

Would you be pleased at what you see?
Is your dream a reality?

No, your dream is not alive! It crumbled into dust.
And all that’s left to show for it is just another bust.

The vibrant voice is stilled, mere echoes of the past.
Your dream did not live on, a net you tried to cast.

The battle rages on as hate will never rest.
And men who lack in courage will always fail the test.

Who rings the bell for freedom and human rights for all
while men cease to stand and to corporations crawl?

Who will ignite the spark and watch the fire burn?
And who will just sit back and say, “no, it’s not my turn?”

Will there ever be another Martin Luther King
who dreamed that one day, the freedom bell would ring?

“Let freedom ring! Let freedom ring!”
It’s still a dream, Dr. Martin Luther King.

Written by,

Shelby I. Courtland

© 2013 Shelby I. Courtland

And realize this, Barack Obama is ANTI everything that Dr. King died for. Dr. King would NOT stand in solidarity with Barack Obama. Do you honestly think that Dr. King would approve of drone strikes and the resulting deaths of innocent people when the target is surrounded by people who have done no wrong? Would Dr. King approve of indefinitely detaining people without due process and who have not been charged with a crime? Would Dr. King approve of torture and sending people who have a conscience, to jail for exposing lies, war crimes, hypocrisy and torture? Would Dr. King approve of the CIA training rebels in foreign lands to overthrow leaders who refuse to kowtow to U.S. demands? Would Dr. King approve of Barack Obama turning his back on the poor because that is exactly what Barack Obama is doing every single time he gives a speech emphasizing “work hard” as though people are not doing enough to get themselves employed when the jobs are just not there? Would Dr. King approve of Barack Obama continuing the Bush era bank bailouts that robbed the poor and gave to the rich who then gave themselves even more in the form of multimillion dollar bonuses? Would Dr. King have approved of the stupid reasons that Barack Obama gave for bombing Syria? Dr. King was well aware of the hypocrisy of the government of the United States. And Barack Obama perpetuates that hypocrisy every single time he opens up his mouth and another lie spews forth.

Black America, take your rose colored glasses off and take a really good look at Barack Obama. He is NOT the fulfillment or culmination of Dr. King’s dream. He is the absolute antithesis of everything Dr. King stood, marched, protested and died for. Dr. King would have shunned Barack Obama because he would have known that he is just another corporate lackey, a willing tool of his corporate masters and bought with blood money.

Just because Barack Obama is Black, does not make him right! And if your pastor or Reverend reveres Obama so much, ask him why. Ask your pastor if Chicago is any better off for having had Barack Obama as a citizen and a senator, not to mention, a community organizer. Ask your pastor why with the horrendous tallies of homicides in Chicago, did it take a school shooting in Newtown, CT before Obama shed a tear and called for gun reform. Ask your pastor why are the schools in inner cities all across America, woefully inadequate in educating Black children and instead of educating them have turned them into a pipeline from the classroom straight into the penitentiary even though Barack Obama is inside the White House. Ask him. Ask him why we have a Black Attorney General and yet over a million Black men are being incarcerated for decades for having been found with trace amounts of weed on them. Ask him why whites are not locked up when they are found with even more drugs on them than the many Blacks who are in prison on mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines. Ask him why with two Black men in powerful positions, is the Black unemployment rate still in the double digits and slavery better known as convict labor is practiced religiously in America today. Ask him!

Black America, it is time that you realized that you’ve been had! Accept it, deal with it and stop making excuses for and revering Barack Obama who is nothing more than Bush in Black face on steroids!

15 thoughts on “A Poem For Black History Month About The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  1. Unfortunately, this video featuring Marvin Gaye’s ‘Inner City Blues’ song is an example of life in the inner cities today.

    As we celebrate ‘Black History Month’, I have to ask myself. What is there really to celebrate? With Black unemployment in the double digits, the ridiculously high incarceration rate of Black men(for petty drug offenses) in America, the poverty statistics of Black people are only slightly lower than the Indians. The statistics of Black incarceration makes no sense as they are so far out of the ballpark in comparison to the actual population count of Black people in America as to be ludicrous. Gang violence is at an all time high. Why? Black unemployment, anyone? Poverty within the Black community is off the scale and yet, we celebrate Black History Month.
    The NAACP will host Black Achievement Awards and will tout out the usual suspects while the Black community languishes by the wayside.

    President Obama has yet to address the issues that Black Americans face each and every day. Some say that his hands are tied. Yet, if the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., could make a difference as a citizen, it makes no sense that President Obama can make no difference as president. But on that, I shall not hold my breath.


      1. I took the time to go to that link and I must admit that I agree with Glen Ford. I was bamboozled, however, my rose colored glasses are off in regards to Obama. He is the antithesis of what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stood for. Why Dr. King’s bible didn’t turn to dust when Obama placed his hand on it, I will never know, because it should have!

        I must thank you again for posting that link. It was eye-opening to say the least. Some of what I read, I had already surmised.


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  3. “Barack Obama who is nothing more than Bush in Black face on steroids!”

    That says it all! I wish more of Black America could see that. As I’ve said on our blog, Obama has done NOTHING for the Black community.


    1. Leen61, I just wish that I had thought to add the last part earlier because this particular post has gotten quite a bit of attention and I certainly hope that it gets much more especially with the additional message it now has on it.

      And I cannot stress it enough, Barack Obama is most definitely Bush in Black face on steroids. He is ‘the new face of evil’! https://shelbycourtland.wordpress.com/2013/09/06/the-new-face-of-evil/


  4. Obama cannot be compared to King, that’s for sure. But do not give up hope. The stage is set for a leader of King’s proportions to rise up. The grassroots are forming to support a strong movement. I pray a leader will emerge soon – to uphold peace and the rights of all people.

    Meanwhile, because big money corrupts the political system, all our presidents (and presidential nominees) are little more than ‘front people’ for wealthy corporate interests – including Obama.


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