MLK the Radical?


Don’t get me wrong, love listening to MLK. On the way back from the cities we were listening to past speeches by him. Incredible stuff. I said to my friend, “Can you imagine what the pundits would say about King today? They would accuse him of being negative and a radical. I mean, who complains about being poor and screwed over by the upper class, c’mon, get off your lazy asses and get a job, and if you have one, work harder.”

We could use a little MLK these days.


#1 Ol'Bubbleguts on 01.20.14 at 11:33 pm

Pundits were independent back then OP
not this miasma of comcast/universal owned crap all spouting the same talking points.
To be fair the same could be said for Fox.


#2 Winston on 01.20.14 at 11:51 pm

Dr. King’s last speech was not so much about race as it was about economic justice for all …. and that type of leadership is definitely needed today … even more today than then. That is why I hate it when I hear fellow whites referring to MLK Day as a “black holiday.” It is not a “black holiday,” it is a holiday for all of us regardless of our race to honor the life of Dr. King and for all that he stood for….

#3 l3wis on 01.20.14 at 11:55 pm

Thank you Winston! Thank You!!!!!

#4 Tom H. on 01.21.14 at 10:11 am

I think that the collective maturity level of the American people probably peaked in the late 50s or early 60s. Even some of the classic Eddie Murphy movies from the 80s deal with topics that are too ‘sensitive’ to be discussed now.

You can find a lot of parallels between the current state of the American zeitgeist and that of the late Roman Republic.

#5 LJL on 01.21.14 at 6:34 pm

Holy shit Tom you’ve hit the nail on the head. I’ve often wondered if this isn’t what the roman empire looked like just before it failed.

There was a fantastic article written by a lesbian activist that pointed out how the duck dynasty debacle is a perfect example of the decline in public discussion as we have narrowed our views so small as not to offend anyone.

#6 LJL on 01.21.14 at 7:36 pm

Found It

The best line I’ve read in years:

“I think that this intolerance by gay activists toward the full spectrum of human beliefs is a sign of immaturity, juvenility,” Paglia said. “This is not the mark of a true intellectual life. This is why there is no cultural life now in the U.S. Why nothing is of interest coming from the major media in terms of cultural criticism. Why the graduates of the Ivy League with their A, A, A+ grades are complete cultural illiterates, etc. is because they are not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.

“not being educated in any way to give respect to opposing view points.” I think we could say that about soem folks that post on this site.

#7 Detroit Lewis on 01.21.14 at 8:15 pm

“I think we could say that about soem folks that post on this site.”

Get out of here! If I didn’t have this blog I would be writing a quilting advice column.

#8 LJL on 01.22.14 at 5:47 pm

True Dat…..True Dat

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