MLK III Certainly Not His Father

by Ryan on August 26, 2013

in Culture,History,Politics

Wednesday will be the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  This past weekend marchers returned to the National Mall to commemorate the anniversary.  One of those who attended and spoke was Martin Luther King III.  Here was his speech:

I was with him until about 2:40.  That was when MLK III began shoveling the “race business” mantra about the murder of Trayvon Martin being racial (even when the 911 call immediately after the shooting showed that the police prompted Zimmerman for Martin’s race).

Throughout the speech, his political tone was different than his father’s.  MLK III obviously didn’t look at today’s issues with a thoughtful and deliberative mind, but rather embraced the race business’s headline issue stoking to stay relevant in a country moving on from Jim Crow.  As such, MLK III used this opportunity to advocate for the repeal of “stand your ground laws,” adoption of comprehensive immigration reform amnesty, reversing course to the old Voting Rights Act to prevent alleged “voter suppression,” bailing out Detroit and other cities in a kind of urban Marshall Plan, a permanent Stimulus, and more gun control.

He ended with a positive message for action while taking a shot at absent fathers in the black community… then a face palm inducing moment when he said, “Surely a change is going to come.  And take it from me, someday we will all be free.”

So, he and the thousands in the crowd are not free?  Sigh.  It seems like some people (like the organizers of this event, Al Sharpton and the NAACP) just don’t want us to move on, or at least admit that the problems of today are isolated and not systemic.

In my opinion, it does no justice to the sacrifices of those who struggled in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s to imply that so little has changed.  MLK III missed an opportunity to demonstrate black strength and perseverance, and instead established himself as just another tool of the race business.

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