Monday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: His Dream Lives On...

Today is the day we in the United States observe the birthday, and honor the life and accomplishments of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. King spent his entire life trying to mold this nation and indeed the world into a place where all people are created equal and are judged not by the color of their skin, but rather the content of their character.

He was a leader defined by his own words as being one who is not a searcher of consensus, but a molder of consensus.

King was courageous, intelligent, and an unwavering force in the civil rights movement. He broke down barriers that confronted the black community in this country.

His eloquence is exceeded only by accomplishments in tearing down those barriers, and while his life was cut short by an assassin’s bullet in 1968, his eloquence and legacy live on through others who have built upon King’s vision and have continued his dream…

Rev. Jesse Jackson has continued King’s dream of understanding and unity by calling Jews, “hymies”, accusing Barack Obama of being “too white”, and fathering an illegitimate child.


As King said, “A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent.”

Knowing this quote well, Jackson evidently hooked up with a straight chick and rode her from the front.

Decades after his death, King’s message of racial and cultural harmony still echoes whenever Rev. Al Sharpton speaks. This is very evident when Sharpton speaks on the importance of education as he did at Kean College in 1994:

“White folks was in caves while we was building empires...We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.”


Damn straight, Al!!

Gary Coleman, Jimmie J.J. Walker, and The View co-host Sherri Shepherd, are proof positive that black Americans, like many of their white counterparts, need no talent in order to have a career in the entertainment industry.

King’s words, live on not only in the collective consciousness of America’s black population. His words live on in the action of white Americans as well.

Nearly every day, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her idolaters remind us all of something King said long ago…

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

His words and vision certainly do transcend time and race. It’s a shame that he didn’t live long enough to see and hear these people distort continue his dream and his work.

He would be proud of these folks, but he would be even more proud of the fact that a light skinned African-American who has no negro dialect unless he wanted to have one, was elected President of the United States.

Yeah…King’s determination, courage, vision, and eloquence sure do live on in our times, don’t they?

Cheers!!

19 comments:

3 Men and a Lady said...

I have a strong dislike for Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Not good representation for black people, IMO, but I guess it's not my call since I'm not black. To me, it'd kind of be like me, as a woman who is middle of the road-politically, wanting Sarah Palin and Elizabeth Hasselbeck speaking for me.

Matt-Man said...

Lady: Well keep in mind...I don't know how many black people they actually speak for.

They are self-proclaimed mouthpieces and the media feeds that status by asking them to come on whenever an issue of race comes up in the news. They both dig making a living out of it. Cheers D!~!

Scott Oglesby said...

Great social commentary, you nailed it! King would roll over in his grave if he saw the ‘civil rights leaders’ or today. And I can say with certainty and utter conviction that James Earl Jones, Denzel Washington and Will Smith have done a thousand times more good for the black community and eradicating stereotypes than Sharpton or Jackson ever did or will. And that is just fucking sad.

King was a great man!

Matt-Man said...

Scott: Indeed he was. And if I could, I'd like to add Tyra Banks to your list with JOnes, Smith, and washington. Just because. Cheers Scott!!

Phfrankie Bondo said...

...Martin Luther King was an angel that walked among us. He spoke to my soul. Still does. Listen...

Matt-Man said...

Phfrankie: Yes he was...What's he saying to ya now? Cheers P-Man!!

Doc said...

Sarah Palin is going to give her I have a Moose speech today in honor of MLK day.

Matt-Man said...

Doc: Ha. Good One. Cheers Doc!!

Phfrankie Bondo said...

...He's saying: "Doc made a phfunny!"...

Matt-Man said...

Phfrankie: I always knew he has a sense of humor. Cheers P-Man!!

David said...

And let's not forget that MLK was far more intelligent than JJackson since he knew the imporrtance of wearing a condom in his extramarital affairs so there were no little bastards running around screwing up his image.

I have a strong admiration for Bill Cosby as a current prominent African-American since he is willing to step up and tell the baby-dadddy/baby-momma crowd and strung out druggies and thugs to shape up and stop demeaning the responsible black community.

Great commentary today Matt-Man

Matt-Man said...

David: Why thank ya. I enjoy Cosby's message(which can apply to any parent regardless of race, creed, etc.), but he kinda creeps me out as a messenger anymore. He just seems personally, really freaky. Cheers David!!

Jay said...

Interesting that David made note of King's extra marital affairs, but not Cosby's. I mean, if we're calling people out for being cheaters, let's not leave any of them out, right? ;-)

I don't think there's any doubt that if King were alive today, he would be disappointed to see the media presenting Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson as the "leaders" of the black community. But, I don't think he would be surprised by it. Nor would he be surprised that Rush Limbaugh is the spokesperson for the republican party.

Excellent post my friend!

Matt-Man said...

Jay: Thanks Jay...If MLK was alive today he'd probably throw up. And since you brought it up, today would be attacked (more than he was) because he may or may not have had affairs. Ugh, what a joke.

Damn the message and the courage to fight and die for change, he may have sinned!! Oy. Have a wunnerful day, Jay!!

Dana said...

My best friend (who is black - so that means I can't be racist) tells me all negros feel well represented by Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, but then she did vote for that mot-really-black Obama too!

Marilyn said...

Happy Day! I don't really have anything to add.

Matt-Man said...

Dana: I wonder who represents my white interests. I must find out if I am well represented. Cheers Dana!!

Marilyn: Right back atcha. Cheers Marilyn!!

Lu' said...

Matt-Man well represented maybe but don't say it out loud or there may be a riot.

Matt-Man said...

Lu: I think you know what I would say to that...Fuck Em. Cheers Lu!!