Kendra Steiner Editions

January 16, 2012

thoughts on MLK Day 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 9:01 am

Pardon my bluntness, but I consider today “Lipservice to MLK day.” Were he alive today, Dr. King would be about as welcome in the national discourse as Cornel West or Noam Chomsky or Cindy Sheehan are today. His personal flaws would be all over Fox News where he’d be demonized as a “socialist,” and he’d be shouted down by someone from the Heritage Foundation if he were allowed on the air.  He’d be spending his time at Occupy protests and would probably only get a platform on the Tavis Smiley show. Democratic politicians, except for Barney Frank and Dennis Kucinich, would keep their distance from him, except at election time when they are courting the African-American vote.  He’d be working with marginalized and exploited immigrants….he’d be standing beside transgendered folks and beside teenaged gay couples who want to attend the Prom….he’d be reminding us of the incredibly high rates of incarceration of Black males, with more Af-Am males being in jail now than were in slavery in the US at its height….he’d be first in the fight for single-payer health care…that’s the reality of it…

If you want to “remember the Dream,” you do it all day every day and you live it and it animates all your choices about everything you do and in your encounters with everyone all day every day, and starting at home, and starting inside yourself by, as Elvis sang, “cleaning up your own backyard”…

 

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