Can We Have a Moritorium on the MLK Invoking?

Yes, I’m so sure that every day, Lou Ann Zelenik wakes up and thinks “Gosh, I wonder what a radical anti-segregation, anti-war, anti-poverty activist who regularly broke the law and social mores would say about anything?”

I mean, please, it’s laughable to think that, if Zelenik knows anything about King’s work beyond ‘he was a pastor who gave speeches’ that, even if she thinks the segregation of African Americans was a bad thing, that she would ever let his words come out of her mouth.

I don’t know. It’s sad, but it’s kind of hilarious that Dr. King has become the “safe” black man for Republicans to invoke. I mean, does Zelenik really expect us to believe that MLK would, of course, be on her side?

She’s oppressing a group of non-white people. And she thinks any words Dr. King spoke are fitting for the situation?

It’s hilarious. It’s scary, yes, don’t get me wrong. But it’s hilarious.

I wonder if King ever imagined conservative whites would embrace him like they were his legacy? I mean, how could it have, even in his wildest imaginings, been a possibility that the way they’d ruin him is not with his own failings or the murder, but with full-on co-opting him?

If someone had told you that 50 years ago, would you have ever believed it? I see it happening and I can barely believe it.

16 thoughts on “Can We Have a Moritorium on the MLK Invoking?

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  2. These people on the right really do believe that MLK didn’t do or say anything in between the time of the “I Have a Dream” speech (1963) and his assassination (1968). Because if everyone knew about what King said during that time, they’d know it was far more complex than that, in a way they don’t like. If you look at the full record, you’ll find someone who firmly stated that “equality” was useless without some sort of compensation for the years of economic exploitation of African-Americans (read: affirmative action), vehemently opposed the Vietnam War, advocated “Democratic Socialism,” and won Planned Parenthood’s Margaret Sanger award in 1966 (which someone REALLY needs to point out to the anti-choicers who go around the black neighborhoods talking about “genocide”).

    http://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/newsroom/politics-policy-issues/ppfa-margaret-sanger-award-winners-4840.htm#Reverend

    Oh, and let’s not forget what Dr. King was doing when he was assassinated–providing support to Memphis sanitation workers who were on strike!

  3. Great post.

    I couldn’t help but laugh my ass off at TNvol’s ridiculous comment on PP.

    He never disappoints.

  4. Well. B, I agree that there’s something laughable or enraging (depending on the day, and on the context) about political and social conservatives invoking Dr. King. The idea of claiming his mantle in support of singling one group out for second-class citizenship certainly is disgusting. But … “the way they’d ruin him”? On the contrary. If they keep on invoking him, some of their kids are going to read about him, and maybe dig a little deeper than “I Have a Dream” and “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” And be won over. Racists can’t ruin his message, because despite their insanity, all his words and works were anti-racist in the fullest, most complex sense of the term.

  5. And here I thought it was a way to say let something die off.

    signed nm, pedantic dick but in Latin

  6. Aunt B.,i heard you were a problem on the set with andy griffith.

    If a poster makes a typo,i would not bring it up.

    But for a journalist,there is no excuse for misspelled words.

    So much better to be a pedantic dick than a semi-literate fool.

  7. So, your argument is “I appointed myself police of journalists on the internet.”

    Ha ha ha ha ha. Good luck with that.

    Also, I would love it if you’d spread it around town that I’m a journalist, not just a mere blogger.

  8. No,that is hardly my argument at all.

    Where i went to school,if you misspelled a word on an essay test,it counted off your score.

    There is no excuse for those who make pretense at letters to let a mistake go in their headings.

    Perhaps it takes a village to proofread a blog,eh?

    I take it you settle for a “close enough for government work” ethic?

    Are you a defense lawyer? They spend a lot of time defending the indefensible,it seems.

    If you need a dictionary,I will send you one.

  9. Oh, I get it now. This is all a ruse to get my address so you can send me presents.

    It’s a strange method of flirting, Eric. But I admire your initiative.

  10. Eric:
    [W]hat is a “moritorium[?]”[]
    Aunt B.,[ ][I] heard you were a problem on the set with [A]ndy [G]riffith.
    If a poster ma[de] a typo,[ ][I] would not bring it up.
    But [F]or a journalist,[ ]there is no excuse for misspelled words.
    So much better to be a pedantic dick than a semi-literate fool.

    No,[ ]that is hardly my argument at all.
    Where [I] went to school,[ ]if you misspelled a word on an essay test,[ ]it counted off your score.
    There is no excuse for those who make pretense at letters to let a mistake go in their headings.
    Perhaps it takes a village to proofread a blog,[ ]eh?
    I take it you settle for a “close enough for government work” ethic?
    Are you a defense lawyer? They spend a lot of time defending the indefensible,[ ]it seems.
    If you need a dictionary,[ ]I will send you one.

    Really the whole “I can’t find anything wrong with your point so I’ll object to the kind of typo that is oh so common on a blog” comment is quite passe.

  11. Thank you Auntie,i can send it general delivery.

    I admit I felt like i was flirting,too.

    Woo!

    Stay out of this,Dolphin.

  12. You know how it is when you’re first in love, nm. The whole world feels like it’s intruding on what you wish were a private conversation.

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