How many didn’t get the chance to experience the dream?

A wonderful statement issued by Rep. Col. Allen West today on Facebook in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I have a dream” speech. The comments in bold bring tears to my eyes.

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In 1961 when I was born in Atlanta in Dr. King’s neighborhood, my parents would not have been allowed on Ft. Lauderdale beach or Palm Beach Island. Fifty years later, I was sworn in as the Congressional Representative of those same beaches. This nation elected a black president, not once but twice. Have we come far since the abolition of slavery, and Dr. King’s march 50 years ago? Absolutely, but when we examine the state of America’s inner cities, we must all be appalled. Dr. King talked about the Declaration of Independence and the guarantee of unalienable rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. But when it comes to life, over the past two score years, some 13 million black babies have been aborted. The black community would be 36% greater if not for this tragedy, this genocide. How many babies never got the chance to experience King’s dream, the American dream? And why are there so few voices speaking up on these issues? In the last 50 years we have witnessed the complete breakdown and collapse of what once was the foundational strength of the black community, the family. We fought to break the chains of physical bondage, but today the chains of economic and social bondage are even greater.

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