Monday, January 18, 2010

Happy King Day...

OK, OK, remember the dream. But while you're at it, remember the righteous anger, the willingness to go to southern jails, the reasons why we can't wait (isn't it funny how we still tell people who are marginalized to wait for change--as if our comfort is more important than their lives?), the critique of race and whiteness, the burgeoning analysis of class divisions, and the way he understood love:

To be great, you need "a soul generated by love."

Driving out hate? "Only love can do that."

"At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love."

Just remember SOMETHING else beyond a speech that has been co-opted by advocates of the "new racism": the colorblind clique.

3 comments:

Mommy to Ander and Loki said...

So Ander learns about Reverend King at school. They colored pictures of his face. I asked him about it.

"Well, somebody shot Martin Lout King a long time of go. So he has been dead a long time. And he has a big head." (You know, since my 3 year old colored a picture of just a head.)

Guess we'll do some education at home, too. :)

娃娃 said...

Failure is the mother of success...................................................

summer of sam said...

this brief post reminds of how much they try to domesticate king and his life. no one really emphasizes how insubordinate he was! we seem to forget that even the most docile of negroes is threatening.

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