Monday

Live Like a King


I have mixed feelings about the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It's not that I don't respect what he lived for or his contribution to society, because I do. I guess what I'm really feeling are misgivings about the way mainstream America parades Dr. King to us. Some might say I'm tripping, and that I should be thankful that we at least have his birthday to celebrate. However, I can't help but ask why he is the only African American leader, past or present that gets any props in America. It's like they use him to appease us. Even during Black History Month, he is a central figure. Could it be that his non-violent approach is the real message that they want us to get? I mean, it always comes up.

Don't get me wrong, I love Dr. King, he was one of the first notable black men that I learned about as a youth that made me feel proud to be black. However, if I'm to continue celebrating his life it will be for a different reason. Not his non-violent stance but his fearlessness in the face of hatred. I also love the fact that he believed in something to the point that he was willing to die for it. That's the Dr. King I want to honor and that's the Dr. King that I feel is worth remembering.



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13 comments:

California Dove said...

True. I dont get the whole MLK holiday either. I know what he stood for and am honestly grateful. In the long of it: its hard to honor someone you didnt know.

I celebrate this day as my first date with my husband 18yrs ago. He took me to the Alhambra Dinner Theatre. We saw "The Best Little Whore House in Texas". Ended with a long walk on the beach and back to the Holiday Inn.....well we were so tired from walking on the beach (smile)

the man with balls said...

You gave it up on the first date?! At least he married you. Some women aren't so lucky. You must have that CA-POW-YOW!

Meanwhile, Happy Birthday MLK.

Rich in the Stl said...

Uh oh - somebody giving a little TMI.

Lance said...

hahahahaha!!!!!

no comment (imagine that!)

Girly_Girl said...

What's CA-POW-YOW?

Lance said...

hey g_g, look down!... ;-P

all will be revealed!!!

Rich in the Stl said...

CA-POW-YOW is when you got that stuff that makes your man look for you in the daylight with a flashlight.

Girly_Girl said...

Hmmmmmm

rich said...

Only in Cyberspace do we get to turn a discussion about MLK into one about sex.

Hilarious.

Lance said...

"...that makes your man look for you in the daylight with a flashlight" -Rich

hahahaha!!!...that's a good one!

....even the good reverend doctor can smile on that one! ;-)

California Dove said...

you people are soooo sick! maybe i should have said it was our first "real" date. Oh my goodness, now i am the cyber-skank. i am not that easy!!!!!!

pissed off

Rich in the Stl said...

You know you are good people. Don't let a few jokes make you lose your cool.

Dawnya said...

You guys are insane.