August 28th, 2013
As the United States seems to be one of the few nations in the world where discrimination is illegal, much of the credit can surely be given and traced back to the historic efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fifty years to the day of his famous march on Washington and speech at the Lincoln Memorial, MLK remains the perfect role model of how to effect peaceful and worthwhile change. Fifty years later, however, it seems we are long overdue for another March for Jobs and Freedom – albeit for somewhat different reasons which reflect the changed circumstances of OUR nation and its leadership.
It is clear that many of the nation’s jobs have expatriated overseas with no sign of returning. And many of OUR American freedoms have also clearly dwindled as exemplified by OUR government spying on tens of millions of its own citizens. Additionally, discrimination still legally exists as well – because purely economic discrimination remains entirely legal. Of course, economic discrimination can then act as covering pretext for any discrimination one can envision.
Many of OUR existing woes regarding jobs and freedoms are due to the efforts of OUR government. Many of these current policies even seem to have eclipsed much of the strides made by MLK and others like him.
The policies of OUR government have fostered the expatriation of American jobs. The policies of OUR government and elected officials have allowed for the boundless spying on the American people. And, the policies of OUR government have allowed for the continuation of economic discrimination against any and all.
As such, the time appears at hand to remind OUR government that it exists for the American People and does not exist to be pitted against the People. Therefore, I believe the time has come for a modern March for Jobs and Freedom to stand against the policies of OUR government that have allowed for the prostitution of OUR jobs, the denigration of OUR freedoms, and the continuation of economic discrimination throughout OUR land.
Adam Vernon Trotter
March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963)