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Letter: Blacks Squandering MLK’s “Dream”

Dear Editor: All words are worthless not unless they are followed by action. That is what made our country special and what defined the civil rights movement. That energy to make a change to better your life and consequently change the world starts within you. Yet, it all comes down…

Dear Editor:

All words are worthless not unless they are followed by action. That is what made our country special and what defined the civil rights movement. That energy to make a change to better your life and consequently change the world starts within you.

Yet, it all comes down to your thought making process and as humans we must realize life is a series of important choices. I have made some good ones and bad ones, but I have not let my mistakes make me. I think it is all about how you turn your negatives into positives then those positives into successes.

I had the unexpected occasion of making history when I was the first black to serve in the governor and lieutenant governor’s office in South Carolina and the first black to be a staffer on a Republican presidential campaign in South Carolina (being fortunate to serve Governors Nikki Haley, Rick Perry and lieutenant governor Andre Bauer respectively).

I still cannot fathom it and maybe never will.

However, I know that if I can make a contribution to society we all can for a lifetime. It just takes some determination. I am appalled by black graduates being more than doubly unemployed as whites. I am astounded that over half of our race commits the murders in America and are in jails in a higher proportion than any other ethnicity. I am disgusted that a higher proportion of our children are being born into broken homes, poverty, and government assistance than any other race.

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were able to speak supernaturally today he may be asking us when are we going to cherish the dream he got his heartbeat taken away for? Today, we have a president who happens to be black, but we still are in a very dark time. We hear wonderfully sounding speeches with little pulse to show that we are grateful for those who came before us to pave the way. Black America is in a coma and the only things that can awaken it is work ethic, college degrees, and most of all godly principles. Our reliance on faith and optimism will without a doubt be a key to attaining prosperity in America.

It is high time we be prepared to receive our blessings.

Jordan Cooper
Columbia, S.C.

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Jordan – This website agrees with you regarding the administration of Barack Obama.  And we have said so.  Now, I would point out that I served under Henry White – who is black – in the gubernatorial administration of Mark Sanford from 2003-2005.  Are you saying you are the first black person to serve in both the governor and lieutenant governor’s office? 

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18 comments

itsmorninginamerica February 2, 2015 at 10:06 am

o yeah! its monday in america and Fits needs to get that click count up with some good old southern race-baiting. aint freedom wonderful!? but its ok. i still enjoy your blog for reasons i cannot comprehend, you loathsome hillbilly piece of shit.

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Try To Keep Up February 2, 2015 at 10:09 am

It worked on you, didn’t it?

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itsmorninginamerica February 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm

absotively! i cannot stop checking this idiotic site. for the same reason i buy lottery tickets i guess.

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Fecal Matters February 2, 2015 at 11:19 am

The truth hurts, admit it.

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It's a Great Day in SC February 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Yeah but this ain’t nothin compared to running a column blasting the NAACP.

That really gets the blood boiling around here.

This was pretty game stuff.

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Have a nice day! February 2, 2015 at 11:14 am

“If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were able to speak supernaturally today he may be asking us, where are da white women at?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=493pL_Vbtnc

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RogueElephant February 2, 2015 at 12:56 pm

If MLK could speak supernaturally today he would be asking “What the hell have you done to my dream”?

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Have a nice day! February 2, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Boondocks did a GREAT episode on this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJQX3yA6Ie8

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Tazmaniac February 2, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Actually the good Dr. would have by now been stripped of his Blackness by White Liberals for they same reason they do it to any others today. He would be an enemy of the State for being the antidote to the Barrack Obamas, Al Sharptons, and Jesse Jacksons out there. The man only wanted equality and unity, not entitlement and division. He surely would recognize the damage the “The Great Society” has done to his race.

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Bible Thumper February 2, 2015 at 11:54 am

Mr. Cooper you hit the nail on the head in describing the symptoms, but didn’t mention the causes. When you combine something for nothing government programs and black entitlement (even if justified), They combine to undermine self sufficiency and character.

It amazes me how emigrants can arrive in the US from Africa or Haiti with nothing and by their first American born generation can achieve more than privileged whites who’s ancestor’s have been here 300 years. I believe one of the reasons for their success is that they are grateful to be here are not burdened with resentment and a sense of entitlement.

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Yep! February 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

Bingo!

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Little Rocky from Arkansas February 2, 2015 at 12:21 pm

I muddled through his language until I got to “being fortunate to serve Governors Nikki Haley, Rick Perry and lieutenant governor Andre Bauer respectively.” Then I read ” were able to speak supernaturally” but that spooky black magic stuff is nothing I want anything to do with.

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Jordan Cooper February 2, 2015 at 12:29 pm

@fitsnews Yes, I was speaking on about the gov. and lt. gov’s office. I am familiar with your former colleague Henry White. I have talked to him a few times. I wish more South Carolinians and especially more blacks would hear his journey.

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Squishy123 February 2, 2015 at 1:18 pm

I thought Obama was half-white.

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Silly Rabbit February 2, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Only when he does something wrong, if you’re black.

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9" February 2, 2015 at 4:26 pm

WHITES SQUANDERED EVERYONE’S DREAM

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Sam February 2, 2015 at 6:11 pm

African Americans served under both Governor Jim Edwards and Dick Riley. Other than not know this fact, your premise is a sound one. It is high time for adult black men to make a stand against the so called “leaders” who simply take advantage of the community instead of moving it forward.

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Jordan Cooper February 2, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Thanks Sam. I’ve looked thru the libraries, internet sites, and asked a few people. Doesn’t seem like anyone else is appearing with those two claims. Cong. Clyburn was the first black advisor to a Governor in S.C. in 1971. Gov. West was the last Lt. Governor to become Governor in S.C. Then, there was a substantial amount of time after that when the top two offices were occupied by people of different parties or different ideologies. So, the chance for people to work in both slimmed tremendously. I think Randy Page was the last person before me to work in both the Gov.’s and Lt. Gov’s office. Moving further, Henry White was the first black B&CB director and first black chief of staff in a Gov’s office in S.C. Rick Wade served in the Lt. Gov’s office and was a cabinet official with a governor. Ron Thomas worked on staff with Cong. Bachmann in 2012 and was on the Black steering committee for Bush in 2004. I hope this helps clarify things for you.

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