We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Unfortunately, aside from a few named streets running through the middle of miserable black slums, and affirmative action for middle class blacks, his legacy is more or less zero.
His messages of mutual respect, of judging one by the quality of one's character, of integration, of peace... all have been rejected by modern America and specifically by the Democrat Party. The movement that survived and prospered was the Nation of Islam and Elijah Muhammed and his successor Louis Farrakhan. How astonishlngly ironic. Who, in 1967 would have thought race relations would have come to this.
And MLK's assassination remains an open mystery. James Earl Ray likely pulled the trigger, although he denies it. But the rule of cui bono points the finger at the leaders of the NAACP, CORE, the URBAN LEAGUE, et al. King had replaced them all as the public leader of the Civil Rights Movement. No one had a better motive than they to kill him.
Like all holidays, we change them to what we want them to be now, keeping only the decorations. Ask a believing Christian what has happened to Christmas and Easter in popular culture. Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day - all have been watered down. MLK Day is now a generic African-American Rights Day, and secondarily, a Liberals Were Right All Along Day. King's actual statements and actions are now irrelevant. Even his "I Have a Dream," is now mostly remembered as a "Black People Have Hopes" speech.
It's just sad to see it happen so quickly, in half a lifetime.
Assistant Village Idiot
MLK was right about many things. Unfortunately most of the people who preach to us ever MLK day are wrong about so many things. Our local college is proudly providing diversity training and had a short example on the local news were Trayvon Martin's mother is on a video exclaiming that her sweet innocent little son was killed by a racist. Didn't we all find out that Trayvon's mother was a drug user and perhaps even involved in selling it. That when little Trayvon was committing his crimes she was passed out or high someplace other than at home taking care of her darling child. And that Trayvon was beating the man that shot him in self defense. What in the hell is she doing preaching to anyone?
I totally agree with you about that. It would be heartbreaking for your child to die or be killed no matter what the reason. My point was that of all the people a diversity advocate could use that by choosing her and her son's example as racism was incredibly stupid. Trayvon didn't die because of racism BUT the man defending himself from Trayvon almost got life in prison because of racism. AND to have a druggie and irresponsible parent preaching to us doubled down on that bad choice.
Diversity training, if we must have it at all, should be a celebration with uplifting stories rather than a mass shaming of people who have never done the wrongs they are being abused over. The way they do it guarantees to turn off their audience. It makes that classic stupid question "when did you stop beating your wife?" actually look intelligent by comparison.