Once again in America it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It been this way since 1983 when President Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor America’s foremost racial activist.
But why should we care? And by “we” I mean the the average American, who happens to be White. The “Black Community” certainly doesn’t particularly revere MLK’s legacy with any consistency.
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Truly! If the culture that MLK advocated for doesn’t bother to respect his memory why should we – what the race-baiters call “White America” – bother ourselves to care either? It’s not as if MLK was any friend of ours.
To be fair however, this disrespect by Blacks for their one and only successful and accepted activist isn’t monolithic. Some among them have serious problems with this.
Over the last few years, I have seen Martin Luther King, Jr’s image become a bastardized caricature on different party fliers.
Yes, you know what I am referring to. I am referring to the party fliers that have been seen across Facebook advertising whatever event that is going to take place. And I am afraid to note that this hasn’t been a onetime occurrence. This has happened numerous times for the past few years. And to think, there are people out there that actually feels that this is something appropriate or functionally acceptable.
And trust me, this man is no ally to Whites so it’s not a case of his being some sort of Uncle Tom, Oreo, or whatever else the “Black Community” one of their own race who speaks too well and/or doesn’t side with them against America at large. Doing so, however, would put the normal, White American in a racially charged position.
I suppose that we could take the moral high ground and say that we’re going to respect MLK’s legacy even if, more and more, the Blacks living withing America’s borders don’t.
- If we stand by our ethical principles yet ignore the behaviors of the “Black Community,” we’re committing the truly racist act of lowering our expectation of the “Black Community;”
- If we call them on this behavior we’re exhibiting both our “White Privilege” and denigrating “Black Culture.”
- If we split the difference and ignore those Blacks show no respect for MLK and support and encourage those who do, we’re just once again taking up the White Man’s Burden.
So I acknowledge that it’s 2014’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day but have to ask should we care and, if so, why?