Speaking at a Black Conservatives Summit on Thursday at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, radio host and former Congressman Joe Walsh heaped on additional, controversial remarks about race and family.
"Big daddy and big mommy government has replaced the black family, has replaced the black church in the black community," Walsh said, according to an article published in the Daily Herald. That was one remark among man that were "critical of violence and babies born out of wedlock," the Daily Herald said.
The Black Conservative Summitstarted and 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, and continues through 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31. It is run by Freedom's Journal Institute for the Study of Faith and Public Policy.
The summit remarks followWalsh's controversial "I Have a Dream" redux, titled, "I Have a Dream for America," delivered on his radio show the same day as the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech in Washington.
Among Walsh's radio comments:
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.
Wash's remarks were soundly bashed by media across the country. Media-ite, for example, describes the speech as a "desecration" of King's "sacred American text about defeating the evils of racism."