Martin Luther King Jr. with his mentor Bayard Rustin; an openly gay and Communist Black civil rights activist.
- There are three holidays in the United States that are reserved to celebrate men – George Washington Day, Columbus Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I don’t celebrate any of them. I never have. I’ve always avoided making idols out of men, unless the idol was me. LOL Case in point, every sports jersey I’ve ever owned had my name on the back, with the exception of the LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers jersey that some woman bought me for my birthday, and I broke up with her the next day over that!
The MLK Jr. Estate and other complicit folks in both the Black and White communities have guarded the truth about who Martin Luther King Jr. truly was, to the extent that this country has made a Saint out of him. It has always been my contention that if we have MLK Jr. holiday, then we should also have a William Jefferson Clinton day. I’m a sinner like everyone else, so I’m not going to run down the list of immoral things MLK Jr. did – God have mercy on his soul. All I’m saying is that it is unworthy to only focus on all the good a person has done without talking about all the wrongdoing that they did as well. As human beings we learn more sometimes from our mistakes, than we do from our victories.
- I still suffer from old negative thoughts about the day. Throughout my teens and young adulthood all MLK Jr. Day was was that one day out of the year when White people got to parade around the image of an ‘acceptable negro’ – someone that all Blacks should aspire to be like. It was that day when White people who don’t typically associate with Blacks got to pretend that they identified with Black struggle. Even today I still get a little annoyed whenever I hear a White person talking about how Martin Luther King Jr. is their hero. I admit that they could honestly be genuine in saying that, but it just rubs me as being fake and cursory in their attempt to relate to the struggle. I also use to have a suspicion that Martin Luther King was being used as a tool by the White establishment to make Blacks passive (non-violent) victims.
Now twenty years later I still think Martin Luther King Jr. day is used by some non-Blacks as an opportunity to ‘relate’ to their stereotypes of Blacks (e.g. poor, uneducated, sub-standard living, and victims – but good dancers, funny, and great orators).
For Blacks I was equally critically. For us, it was that one time of year that we got to debate about who had the better solutions; Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X. I graduated from a Historical Black University, and although my declared major was in accounting, while there I became a true student of Black history. I found traits and human qualities in many dead Black men that I wanted to emulate, such as Prince Hall, Frederick Douglas, Martin Delany, Monroe Trotter, and Marcus Garvey; but Malcolm X was favorite. It seemed to me that waiting, marching, and singing Church hymns, all while waiting for the oppressor to give us our due seemed rather stupid in light the opportunity to take what we were due by any means necessary. Yet, I was surrounded by passive Blacks who thought Martin’s non-violent way and Christianity could make life better for them.
- Now today as a Catholic how could I ever celebrate a person who recommend to women that they use artificial birth control? I cannot! I am also extremely reticent to dismiss his involvement with Planned Parenthood, and failing to have the foresight how that organization would begin engaging in a genocide of the Black Community. It is pretty ironic the number of Planned Parenthood abortion centers you find on or near a street named after Martin Luther King Jr.
Moreover, the closer I look at the type of people that MLK Jr. palled with and the types of organizations that supported his movement, the more I’m inclined to accept the gruesome fact that the Black Civil rights movement has its roots in socialism and communism. In fact, it still does. It preaches a strong reliance on government for help and solutions, and it has done a great job of making the Black Church powerless – these are the first two building blocks of socialism and communism. Therefore, it comes to no surprise that those who have given Blacks the image of the ‘acceptable negro’ are those very same people who are in favor of unlimited abortion, homosexual marriage, and every other eventual evil of liberalism that replaces the father and the family with government. If the Black
community disunity wants to know why it is broken, look no further than the enemy in your midst.
- His birth name wasn’t even Martin, it was ‘Michael’ on his birth certificate and he never legally changed it. He just started calling himself that when he was twenty-two. I would feel like a fraud telling someone, ‘Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day’, when there was legally never such a person. LOL
- God didn’t make me for cold weather. As I said, I attended a Historical Black University, so every Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity would lead a march from the University into town, which was about six miles away. I never participated. Never even thought about it. February is cold in Ohio. Very cold! I don’t have time for that! 😀