Sunday, April 04, 2010

In Memory: The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today is Sunday, 4 April 2010.

On this date in 1968, 42 years ago, was assassinated the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whoever was behind the killing must have been very disappointed to discover that killing one leader didn’t kill The Movement.

Not, of course, that the conclusion of the process has been reached. As noted before, much of the Tea Party foolishness is founded in conventional white racism.

White racists worship atavistic superstitions about “blood”: that there are such things as “races”, and that each “race” has a different “blood”. The white “race” and “blood” being supposedly superior, white racists can fancy no greater sin that sexual intercourse between “races”, believing that “blood-mingling” weakens the white “race” and strengthens other “races”. Most heinous of all to them are the offspring of such intercourse, such as Barack Obama; they find it particularly galling that a “white” nation is being led by a product of “miscegenation” (who electorally kicked the butt of a “pure Aryan”).

As also noted before, Tea Partiers seldom objected to the soaring national debt when it bore the “white” face of Reagan and the Bushes. Only when they could paint it in the “blackface” of Obama did they become suddenly aware and galvanized.

All honour to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his achievements.

Today is the fourth anniversary of the posting of the first MoB column. My great thanks to my friend Hari Seldon, who built this site. The only people I’ve known longer than Hari are my parents and sister.

For the culinary minded, today is also the third anniversary of HH’s appearance in the local newspaper, discussing the fabled U.S. Senate Restaurant Bean Soup, which had a most marvelous consequence.


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