Monday, January 17, 2005

MLK

Boondocks has an MLK comic up, and I would love to believe it's true. But my guess is that Dr. King sees this madministration for what it is: the enemy of the dispossesed, the struggling, the working class, the working person, the family, the environmentalist, the dreamer. And though our hearts swell hearing the booming cadence of Dr. King's voice and looking at the grainy film of him delivering the "I Have a Dream" speech to the throngs on the Mall, we have to remember that Dr. King was killed--murdered--because he was an activist giving voice to the disenfranchised, agitating so workers had rights, so war would end, so a brother or a sister could vote. This isn't just some old time, old skool, back in the day, dusty on the shelf thing. We need Dr. King more than ever, 36-years after his death, and that should make all of us sad. So God bless Dr. King, and I hope he is dancing in heaven, but something tells me he is not.
"We have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights, an era where we are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society. We have been in a reform movement... But after Selma and the voting rights bill, we moved into a new era, which must be the era of revolution. We must recognize that we can't solve our problem now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power... this means a revolution of values and other things. We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together... you can't really get rid of one without getting rid of the others... the whole structure of American life must be changed. America is a hypocritical nation and [we] must put [our] own house in order."
—Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), May 1967.

Think of it: Could Dr. King himself, just days after the federal holiday celebrating his birthday, register his protest at the Fraudulent Coronation (a.k.a. the Inaugural) and get within 5 miles? Hmmph. Something is horribly, horribly wrong.

I say we dance after the work is done.

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Not One Damn Dime Boycott