An Obama, Not a King

by Ryan on January 20, 2014

in Anything Else,Culture,History,Politics,Pop Culture

Today marks America’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a way to acknowledge and celebrate the life of the 20th Century’s most important civil rights leader.  While it may be unfair to compare today’s civil rights leaders to King and his contemporaries (given that era, his message, their tactics, etc.), a figure as high-profile as the first black President certainly has an important voice.

King gave us “I Have a Dream” and his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” timeless reminders that we must speak truth to power when clear injustice reigns.

While there’s no real expectation that President Obama would emulate those great works (who could?), a President given Obama’s unique position should at the very least try to unite people rather than stoke divisions where they exist.

That being said, President Obama just this past weekend basically said that some Americans still have a problem with a (re-elected, by the way) black President.  Into his sixth year, should this even matter and who gains from this message being emphasized?  He also said that while pot is a vice, it’s not so bad considering he used to smoke it as a child.  Not such a great message, especially to those inner city youths (many of whom are minorities) struggling to stay above the influence of the drug culture in their neighborhoods.  Who can forget last year’s Trayvon debacle?  Stoking frustration and anger in the black community against whites doesn’t seem to be consistent with King’s dream to me.

Obviously, Obama is no MLK, but he certainly doesn’t seem to be a force for racial healing and unity of late either.  The problem with leftist ideologues is that politics is infused into every single thing all the time.  Obama’s second term statements on race continue to seem politically driven.  Who knows what’s in his heart, but perhaps Obama should listen a little more closely to the message behind King’s words.

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