Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) ignored his own personal history in invoking civil rights history on his radio show on Wednesday in a concern-trolling appropriation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.
According to Mother Jones, Walsh, who was sued in 2011 for owing more than $100,000 in child support, accused leaders in the African-American community of avoiding responsibility for their own problems and placing the blame on larger institutions.
“I have a dream that young black men won’t become fathers until after they’re married and they have a job,” Walsh said at one point. “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.”
Taking a page out of Bill O’Reilly’s playbook, Walsh singled out MSNBC host Al Sharpton, playing a clip of an interview where Sharpton discussed the need for activists to challenge the Supreme Court decision that effectively gutted the Voting Rights Act.
“Once again, it’s ‘somebody did something,’” Walsh said dismissively. “You’ve got the Black community 50 years later, and for guys like Sharpton, somebody’s doing something to the community. It’s the racist society. It’s the George Zimmermans of the world. It’s the Supreme Court, right? It’s the government, right? It’s always somebody else. That’s the message that Blacks hear every time they hear Reverend Al speak.”
Listen to Walsh’s remarks, aired Wednesday, below.
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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