Monday, January 18, 2010

MLK Wisdom

"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think"


Rick Calohan said...

MLK well I have mixed emotions on this one, as a child growing up in the government public schools his actual birthday January 15, was a day after mine, and I somehow I found away to be sick or absent on my birthday to get out of school.

Granted his role in Civil Rights movement is legendary, but like all heroes, it is not without blemishes. He was after all human, and like all of us had flaws.

The same side of the aisle the leaps praises towards him was the same side of aisle that overwhelmingly rejected the voting rights act, and JFK, RFK, and LBJ made sure wiretaps were placed on him courtesy of J. Edgar Hoover.

What saddens me most is that what he stood for is overshadowed; here simply was a man who wanted to be judged by the content of his character and not the color of his skin. Yet, today we still have affirmative action, quotas, and reverse discrimination.

The same side of the aisle that signed the Emancipation Proclamation whose birthday is February 12 yet there will be no Federal Holiday for him; instead, he will be lumped in with all the other Presidents. A party that fought a civil war to preserve the union; and to end slavery; a party that without whom the majority of its members voted in favor of the Voting Rights Act it would not have been possible. A party whose standard bearer was the President that was vilified by the left as being racist yet he did more than just sign a proclamation to make his MLK’s birthday a holiday although he did not have a racist bone in his body and whose birthday is February 6 however, there will be no Federal Holiday for him; instead, he will be lumped in with all the other Presidents the greats and not so greats. Therefore, I guess I am saying the party that has done more for minorities is the same party that keeps being vilified for not doing enough for minorities.

Hard to get enthusiastic in a nation that still pigeon holes, segregates, and fails to acknowledge that if you were born here that only receives a token amount of votes never grater than 8% of the vote. This year, the census will be taken and a question based on generational lines will ask American citizens if they classify themselves as Negro, Black, or African-American.

Here we have a nation the celebrated the fact we overcame race by electing Barrack Hussein Obama as President of the United States, whom the highest pay celebrities and athletes also happen to be pigeon holed yet we still remain a racist nation.

I pray that if my son John and our soon to be born son James are to be ask what race they are they can say human, and what nationality American and what ethnicity will say of Scotch-Irish & Filipino, but should they ever become prominent I know they will be pigeon holed as Asian-Americans.

A hyphenated-American can not stand, and I truly pray that what MLK said in his I had a dream speech will someday become a reality, so much so that there is no need for affirmative action and quotas and that all of us can be free at last and simply call one another Americans either by birth or naturalization.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” January 15, 1939 – April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr.

Woody Woodward said...

I am glad that as the years pass, I am hearing more and more good things about this brave man of vast wisdom. Being raised in Oklahoma, it was while I was in college, or let me say trying to go, when he was assassinated, and it wasn’t pretty what was said on campus, in the media and even in my mom and dad’s home. I need to find out more about him but no doubt, he was a man of great wisdom.