"But freedom is not enough.

"But freedom is not enough. You do not wipe away the scars of centuries by saying 'now you are free to go where you want, and do as you desire, and choose the leaders you please.' You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say, 'you are free to compete with all the others,' and still justly believe that you have been completely fair. Thus it is not enough just to open the gates of opportunity. All our citizens must have the ability to walk through those gates. This is the next and the more profound stage of the battle for civil rights. We seek not just freedom but opportunity. We seek not just legal equity but human ability, not just equality as a right and a theory but equality as a fact and equality as a result. For the task is to give 20 million Black folks the same chance as every other American to learn and grow, to work and share in society, to develop their abilities--physical, mental and spiritual, and to pursue their individual happiness."

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  1. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It was a very noble sentiment rooted in an incorrect presupposition. I should hope by now that it is obviously a failed experiment.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This homie ruined almost every American city and all American black communities perhaps irreversibly. It's actually incredible how destructive one's best intentions can be.

      I bet we'll one day look at this sort of thinking the way we now look at the thinking of 20 years ago that lead to the Iraq War, where we genuinely believed that all those people needed was democracy and that they were just being held back by their dictator

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This homie ruined almost every American city and all American black communities perhaps irreversibly. It's actually incredible how destructive one's best intentions can be.

      [...]
      I bet we'll one day look at this sort of thinking the way we now look at the thinking of 20 years ago that lead to the Iraq War, where we genuinely believed that all those people needed was democracy and that they were just being held back by their dictator

      >And in order to accomplish this, we will have a very clear and specific goal which we will achieve by these methods
      Oh wait, nvm he just said a bunch of meaningless words that he thought sounded good and had no objective plan besides tax the ever living frick out of white people to throw shit at the wall and hope something sticks for decades

      Do you think he just snapped his fingers and ordered urban decay?

      lol the funny part is he actually thought this would work

      If he really wanted to help black people he would have distributed 1 white woman sex slave for each black man to enjoy.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous
        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          How many 'gros did HP even see in his life living in Providence and (mostly) pre-great migration New York?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        go to bed vince

  2. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    This homie ruined almost every American city and all American black communities perhaps irreversibly. It's actually incredible how destructive one's best intentions can be.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Do you think he just snapped his fingers and ordered urban decay?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        look at nyc if you want to see how easy it is to ruin a city

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          NYC has issues but it's far from the most troubled city in the US. The decline of Baltimore or Detroit is more serious.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >best intentions
      Lmao
      It worked as planned. A mongrelized and moronic American public

  3. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >And in order to accomplish this, we will have a very clear and specific goal which we will achieve by these methods
    Oh wait, nvm he just said a bunch of meaningless words that he thought sounded good and had no objective plan besides tax the ever living frick out of white people to throw shit at the wall and hope something sticks for decades

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      wasn't going to be his problem, he figured he wouldn't be alive anyway to see the consequences of his moronation and that would be for his grandkids to deal with

  4. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    lol the funny part is he actually thought this would work

  5. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    this kind of delusional thinking can only be explained as part of a generation shaped by a world war that thought massive top-down government planning could fix all of the world's problems

  6. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >If he really wanted to help black people he would have distributed 1 white woman sex slave for each black man to enjoy.

  7. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Bullshit. The Soviets were attempting to deploy Black folk as a fifth column and the civil rights act was the logical response. It just so happened it was easier to get them addicted to crack and fast food than it was to turn them into a bunch of Thomas Sowells.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Crack addicts and fat morons are great consumers. Uncle Toms aren't.

  8. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Writing everyone a bunch of government checks isn't going to erase crime, poverty, etc.

  9. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >black people commit a lot of crimes because their great-great-great-great grandfathers were slaves

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You don't think historical context has any bearing on current cultural trends?

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I do not think having an enslaved distant grandfather is an excuse for committing an egregious share of the crime. White people are the descendants of serfs. Why can't that be used as an excuse for any time a white person commits a crime?

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It's not an excuse. But it's clear that that sort of oppression and exclusion doesn't vanish overnight. It took not just decades of activism but one of the largest internal population movements in history before black Americans were in decent shape.

      • 4 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Historical context and interment hasn't prevented Japanese Americans from out earning white Americans

        • 4 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Compare four years with 350.

  10. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    But freedom is not free. You cannot take a race that lived in the jungles of Africa for millenia and expect him to adapt to the white man's far more complex society.

  11. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    He forgot the most important part, where he asks the people if they want to compete, or if they built the chains themselves, so that they don't have to.

  12. 4 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Now even most non-black democrats do not agree with this sentiment let alone americans as a whole. Crazy that in terms of race relations white America is more conservative now than they were 60 years ago.

    • 4 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      wtf why comes wypipo don't like having things stolen from them as collective punishment for some nebulous, never-ending racial debt imposed on them????

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