Nearly a year removed from a one-term stint in office, former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with an eyebrow-raising list of issues he believes are plaguing the black community.
In an address on his radio show billed as "My Own Dream For America," Walsh unleashed a line of racially charged comments, headed by his view that African Americans suffer from "dependency on the government plantation."
From Walsh's show's website:
Of all the commentators who have been asking whether King’s dream has been achieved, FOX News’ Juan Williams seems to be the only one with whom I agree. When asked by Chris Wallace if the dream has been fulfilled, Williams noted that there isn’t, “any question that [African Americans] have come along way,” before importantly pointing out that blacks have to address the problems that are created within their communities. “I think that if you look at the realities of today, you’ve got to talk about things like family breakdown,” Williams said. “You’ve got to talk about the fact that 70 percent of black children today are born out of wedlock. I think Dr. King would cry.”
I agree with Juan, but instead of invoking King’s legacy to lament about present problems I’ve decided to share my own dream.
I have a dream that all black parents will have the right to choose where their kids attend school. I have a dream that all black boys and girls will grow up with a father. I have a dream that young black men will stop shooting other young black men. I have a dream that all young black men will say "no" to gangs and to drugs. I have a dream that all black young people will graduate from high school. I have a dream that young black men won't become fathers until after they're married and they have a job. I have a dream that young unmarried black women will say "no" to young black men who want to have sex. I have a dream that today's black leadership will quit blaming racism and "the system" for what ails black America. I have a dream that black America will take responsibility for improving their own lives. I have a dream that one day black America will cease their dependency on the government plantation, which has enslaved them to lives of poverty, and instead depend on themselves, their families, their churches, and their communities.
Walsh was soundly defeated in November 2012 by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.). The tea party favorite has turned heads with race-related remarks in the past, headed by his belief that President Barack Obama is "a historic figure" who was only elected because he is black.
"The country voted for him because of that. It made us feel good about [our]self." Walsh said in April 2012, according to Think Progress. "I’ve said it before, it helped that John McCain was about 142 years old. It helped that the economy was tanking. A lot of these things helped. But he never would have gotten there without his historic nature."