Martin Luther King!
This is my favorite holiday these days.. SIMPLY because it pisses racist rednecks off to the highest degree. It’s also the reason I drive a Mercedes (very slowly… through the suburbs) but that’s another story.
I won’t lie to you. Speeches are for the most part BORING. With all the self-aggrandizing and sermonizing dramatics, the greatest gift an orator can give is to be BRIEF.
Well in 1963 all it took was 17 minutes for Martin Luther King (and I acknowledge ALL his flaws) to deliver what may be the MOST important speech in history. The following 5 years would be some of the most turbulent in United States history, beginning with the assasination of President Kennedy (a staunch supporter of civil rights), and culminating with King’s assasination.
Talk about triumph over personal flaws: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Kennedy’s vice president assumed office, then spent the majority of his time trying to sleep with Kennedy’s widow. It was he, who would ultimately work with Dr. King to pass the civil rights act. He also dispatched J Edgar Hoover and the FBI to go after the Ku Klux Klan, bringing the organization to their knees. So where are we with the dream?
Here it is.. the year 2011, and we have a Black President (since 2008). Have we escaped the racism and hatred? Are there still schools of thought dedicated to supremacy? (of any kind White or Black, it’s all wrong)
On a personal note I have an 8 year old who sleeps with a THOR hammer (whatever.lol)… At the same time there is a movement going on to boycott the movie THOR, because there is a Black actor protraying one of the Norse gods. According to them the “Liberal agenda of Marvel Comics” aims to re-write their proud European history.
Well, what about the history of Jesus? Was he REALLY a bleach blonde with blue eyes?
Did Jesus REALLY speaketh in Shakespearean terms such as “thou art” and “thy kingdom come”?
Was Moses REALLY a card-carrying member of the NRA?
OK kid.. sleep with the hammer for now. I’ll make sure I’m around to give you perspective when you have that rude awakening, of some kid calling YOU the N*Word at school…. I digress.
No matter what you would like to say about King, his assertions that “hatred must not be met with hatred” have been the TOUGHEST pill for many of us to swallow. Ultimately though, it is the RIGHT pill.