KEEP HOPE ALIVE with REV. JESSE JACKSON
Co-Host: SANTITA JACKSON
Sunday, January 13th, 2013
We are commencing the birthday week of Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King which will, coincidentally, culminate with President
Obama’s second inauguration...
Although this is a great moment for our nation, the newscasts
brim with the latest rounds of the gun debate---which has raged
since the tragedy in Newtown, CT---but, new and even more
incendiary fuel has been added to this fiery discussion...
On Friday, when discussing GUN APPRECIATION DAY,
its Chairman, Larry Ward made an incredible assertion
insisted that GUN APPRECIATION DAY “honors the legacy
of Dr. King”, and continued: “
I think Martin Luther King Jr.,
would agree with me if he were alive today that if
African Americans had been given the right to keep and
bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps
slavery might not have been a chapter in our history.”
This despite the fact that Dr. King espoused nonviolence---
was murdered by an assassin’s bullet---and whose murder
inspired the Gun Control Act of 1968, the nation’s first
comprehensive federal firearms regulation...And, in spite
of the fact that most armed slave uprisings ended in deaths
of mostly Black people...
It seems that many have mistaken the fantasy enacted in the
popular film DJANGO for historical fact...What do you think?
Would Blacks have broken the yoke of slavery if they had had the
power to bear arms?
Atty. Barbara Arnwine
LAWYERS’ COMMITTEE forCIVIL RIGHTS UNDER LAW
Dr. Obery Hendricks
Biblical scholar and author
of THE POLITICS OF JESUS and
THE UNIVERSE BENDS TOWARDS JUSTICE
Dr. Jonathan Metzl
Director, Vanderbilt University’s
Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, and Professor of
Psychiatry and the author of
THE PROTEST PSYCHOSIS,
which illustrates how schizophrenia moved from being the
disease of White women to that of “angry Black men” who
were activists in the civil rights movement...
documentarian and author
Former South Carolina ACLU President and
author of THE DECLINE OF BLACK POLITICS
Dr. Max Wolff