You Know Who Dishonored the Memory of Dr. King?
Today, it was the Media and Al Sharpton.
Two years ago, it was Barack Hussein Obama.
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
The “Restoring Honor” rally today focused on the content of our character, not the color of our skin, and it was attended by people from every background.
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck and tea party champion Sarah Palin appealed Saturday to a vast, predominantly white crowd on the National Mall to help restore traditional American values and honor Martin Luther King’s message. Civil rights leaders who accused the group of hijacking King’s legacy held their own rally and march.
Focusing on the color of people’s skin is “hijacking King’s legacy”, and if the Associated Press really wants to “go there”…
Which of the two rallies looked more like a cross-section of Americans?
Which of the two rallies drew more Americans, by two orders of magnitude?
Which of the two rallies focused on what unites Americans, and which focused on what divides Americans?
I don’t believe in dividing Americans into different “hyphenated groups”.
We are Americans.
Not African-Americans and European-Americans and Asian-Americans, etc.
We are Americans. And if we want to honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we should not even be paying attention to the color of people’s skin.
Did the New York Times do any better than the Associated Press?
No, not really.
The rally organized by Mr. Beck, a Fox News broadcaster who has been critical of Mr. Obama and Congressional Democrats, has come under attack as dishonoring the memory of Dr. King by staging the event on the anniversary of his speech. Critics have suggested that Mr. Beck was trying to energize conservatives for the midterm elections.
Across town, several hundred people packed a football field at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School to stage a rally commemorating Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
“We come here because the dream has not been achieved,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton, an organizer of the rally. “We’ve had a lot of progress. But we have a long way to go.”
“They want to disgrace this day,” Mr. Sharpton told the crowd, referring to Mr. Beck’s event.
While the crowd at Dunbar was mostly African-American, the audience at Mr. Beck’s rally was overwhelmingly white, though a number of speakers and performers were black.
In my opinion, the New York Times is “dishonoring the memory of Dr. King”.
And if they want to repeat the attack that staging the event on the anniversary of Dr. King’s speech is somehow dishonoring his memory, that the date alone, and not the content of rally, dishonors Dr. King, then why didn’t the New York Times complain about that two years ago when Barack Obama did it?
I wrote about that more than two years ago here: