Monday, January 21, 2008

Beyond The Iconic Images Of Martin Luther King

From ABC News:

Nearly 40 years after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., some say his legacy is being frozen in a moment in time that ignores the full complexity of the man and his message.

"Everyone knows even the smallest kid knows about Martin Luther King can say his most famous moment was that 'I have a dream' speech," said Henry Louis Taylor Jr., professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Buffalo. "No one can go further than one sentence. All we know is that this guy had a dream. We don't know what that dream was."

This lack of depth is troubling. What I also find troubling is the continuing racism I see from people who paint the pre-civil rights era as the good old days when life in the US was perfect until troublemakers like MLK messed things up.

Those who call white men victims of lynch mobs when nobody is trying to drag them into the streets shame themselves by their minimizing of horrific violence and prove that racism is alive and unwell.

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