Tuesday, January 18, 2005

MLK Follow-Up (Fall Out?)

"How dare you criticize black people for wanting to be just like white people?" was a question asked of me by a total stranger who read yesterday's article about MLK Day.

The writer is correct, of course. I have no right to hold one group to a higher standard than another, even in a single statement, even though I proffer the same criticism to all groups on a regular basis.

"for someone who clames to be a leftists, your making racist clames in your blog" read another email. Sigh!

Are my statements of 17 JAN 05 racist? I don't think so. They are intended to inflame the spirit, to get people to look at their lives and ask if they are doing anything to change the world for the better.

I am disheartened that "liberated" people like blacks, women and homosexuals, have settled-for a middle-class existence. It seems that those who once fought for change have just formed one big consumer group, and not really changed anything except their own economic place in the food chain of savage capitalism!

I did not know Dr. King, but I do not think this is what he died for!

My criticism of our fat, lazy culture is not intended as a dismissal of the important work done by the liberationists of the 20th Century, but as a rebuke to those of us still living for our failure to stand-up to immoral leaders and xenophobic neighbors.

Irrespective of that, I thank you for writing and being angry.

On a happier note, my friend Richard points out that Westminster Abbey in London, England, has a statue of Dr. King above the entrance to their West Front. King is included with a group of ten martyrs of the 20th Century.

It is this sort of recognition and facts like the existence of this statue that discredits all anti-Dr. King sentiment. Those who would rescind this holiday, those who oppose this holiday, and those who despise the civil rights represented by this holiday (racists all of them) should look to the government and throne of England and see that the world knows the truth about Dr. King: he was a martyr, a wonderful, hard-working, diligent, tenacious worker in the effort to bring dignity to all people of the world.

Dick Mac Recommends:
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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