Today’s ‘Civil Rights’ Movement Becoming a Bad Joke

Perhaps it’s time this country examines race relations, as many black leaders and even the president suggest.

The Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman show trial is a good place to start. It most certainly was a traumatic event for America’s civil rights establishment, as well as black elites across the media, government and academia.

It appears, as a white person, when you have had decades to experience the startling black backlash where terms like “compassionate” and “diversity” are bounced around like the most popular slur, “racist,” there is bound to be a crisis that eventually comes to a head.

In recent weeks you could see everyone from the president and attorney general to predictable “racial injustice” professionals such as the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton roaring with indignation at American society, the justice system and white bigotry.

The Zimmerman jury retorted by saying directly to these modern day vigilantes, “You won’t call the tune here. We will work within the law.”

Today’s “black leadership” lives off the justifiable praise for moral authority that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others (including many whites) deserved from the 1950s and ’60s. The Zimmerman verdict allows all of us to see the broken purpose of Dr. King’s incredible legacy for all African-Americans.

The black leadership that once was a force in a changing America now yearns for media recognition at any cost. Victimization is their weapon and also the threat of reprisals for those unwilling to believe in their “cause.”

There will be no time spent on mentioning the stark fact that nearly one black teenager a day is shot dead on the South Side of Chicago (just one city out of many) by another black teenager.

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s was structured on moral clarity, achieved greatness and stayed true to its principles.


That America is no longer here. It has matured and learned to be more patient and caring for those less fortunate. Government programs and trillions of American taxpayer dollars prove that.

The Reverends Jackson and Sharpton have chosen a different sort of path – almost one of “civil rights nostalgia.” They can never be more than redundancies, echoes of the great men they emulate because America has changed.

Hard to be a King or Mandela today when your monstrous enemy is no more than the cherubic George Zimmerman.

It is sad indeed.

The larger tragedy is that Trayvon Martin’s death will come to mean very little. There was no important principle or coherent protest implied in that first nose-breaking punch. It was just dumb bravado, a tough-guy punch.

Jackson and Sharpton are the kind of hucksters that will keep alive a certain cultural “hatred” that is the sole source of their pathetic and dwindling power. They tolerate black kids murdering other black kids.

God forbid a white human being like George Zimmerman (or “White-Hispanic” as the prejudiced media labeled him) is accused of “getting away with it” instead of their idea of a public lynching, forgetting the rule of law.

Dr. King never did under circumstances unimaginable at that time.

The purpose of today’s civil-rights establishment is not to seek justice, but to seek power for blacks in American life based on the presumption that they are still, in a thousand different ways, victimized by white society.

Blind obedience and ears closed to reality are today’s cries from irresponsible black leaders pining for the days when they were in their glory.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, “Redistribution of Common Sense – Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014,” was published in July, 2014. “The Game Changer – America’s Most Stunning Presidential Election in History,” was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.