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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s way is not the Chicago way

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s way is not the Chicago way

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

There could be no more appropriate time to reflect on Martin Luther King’s words than Inauguration Day, when the man who represents one of the greater departures from MLK’s dream for a truly unified America takes the stage.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream had been to cast aside superficial differences and embrace love, but our president has instead embraced division and rancor.  Where we view MLK as promoting a better way, Obama has embraced the Chicago way.

Obama has rejected the notion of an American character and instead pitted American against American, mocking the next generation through irresponsible governance and willful manipulation of superficial divisions.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., route discards the Obama doctrine for the original American idea: that in this land we can come together and supercede these differences. He gave us the playbook for dealing with the Obama culture of division and rancor.

That means refusing to accept a union member has different dreams than a CEO or entrepreneur. That you could never truly get along with members of another ethnic group or feel compassion for another socio-economic group, be they be more economically successful than you, or less. For my fellow women, that means eschewing the notion that we are defined by our gender, that our politics are sex-driven, and that I have anything remotely in common with Lena Dunham because we share the same anatomy.

Let’s listen to Martin Luther King today, of all days, and reject Obama’s Chicago way in favor of the exceptional American message of unity and love.


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Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday in honor of Barack Obama.

Bah, humbug.

I have not bought into the canonization of MLK.

A great leader, yes. A brave man, yes: someone who died while daring greatly. A symbol, yes.

A great political leader, but one who jumped on a trend that had gotten underway without him. Someone who recognized a moral current and rode it.

It is entirely appropriate to have a national holiday to honor African Americans’ breaking free of Jim Crow. (Afaic Jim Crow was, arguably, a bigger national disgrace than slavery.) I am more or less neutral about naming the holiday after King.

I don’t claim to be knowledgeable and I may be wrong. If I am narrow-minded about MLK, this is an ideal day to learn better. Via hyperlinks, please.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to gs. | January 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    About 3 years ago Life magazine released the actual footage of the crime scene. It was just another grubby murder in a sleazy motel & quite surprising in its ordinariness.

    A man – iirc a colleague – was actually sweeping with a broom the blood away from the motel sidewalk!

    Today at the MLK parade in Norleeens , a drive by shooting caught 5 teenagers on MLK street.

    Sumthin tells me they were black & fortunately they just got sprayed & won’t push the sky high NO homicide rates up -yet.

    MLK did leave a serious legacy a – even if it is more myth ,but it is no match for The Cult of Personality which tramples every thing in its path.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun” – Barack Obama

One of MLK’s dreams was that people live with dignity. Democrats have ensured millions will not live that dream. MLK, in my opinion, deserves some sort of high recognition for the sheer amount of accomplishments he achieved in a short 38 years on this earth. It came at personal pain, and ultimately his death.