Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Star Parker: Black Caucus Should Reconsider Its Position

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Star Parker: Black Caucus Should Reconsider Its Position

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In April 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. landed in jail in Birmingham, Ala., for violating a local injunction against demonstrations.

Sitting in jail, he learned that local white clergy advised against "outsiders coming in," calling King's activities "unwise and untimely."

In response, King wrote his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

In a long, handwritten letter, he laid out the logic and theology of his activities. He explains that, like the prophets and apostles, he was compelled "to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my home town."

King concluded by saying, "... when these disinherited children of God sat down at lunch counters, they were in reality standing up for what is best in the American dream and for the most sacred values in our Judeo Christian heritage, thereby bringing our nation back to those great wells of democracy which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the formulation of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence."

We are witnessing today a bizarre role reversal of those events in 1963.

We live in a dangerous world and America has enemies. We must have a clear sense of the nature of these threats so we may act properly.

In this spirit, House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress to convey his thoughts about the dangers of a nuclear- armed Iran.

But members of the Congressional Black Caucus say they will not attend.

Black members of Congress, those allegedly carrying on the civil rights movement that King led, are now the ones protesting "outsiders coming in" and saying that expression in the pursuit of truth is "unwise and untimely."

The U.S. State Department has listed Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984. Freedom House in Washington, D. …

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