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Monday, January 21, 2008

MLK - Another speech worth hearing

I hadn't planned on posting anything on Martin Luther King, Jr., mainly because of my ambivalence about the observance. It is the same ambivalence I have for African-American month. The hypocrisy is just rife as suddenly everyone scrambles to find something to say about Af-American icons and contributions, to encapsulate in a matter of days what they refuse to observe the year round. It is analogous to a non-appreciative spouse or significant other making Valentine's Day a big deal when he or she has been less than attentive throughout the year. I would rather forego the superficial symbolism of one day or a month in exchange for meaningful acknowledgment through all the days and months.

Even so I came across a really interesting article on how the historians ignore MLK's complexity and how he was more than about race. Then I found the following vid over at Diary of an Anxious Black Woman, so, of course, I made a grab. As ABW says, had we been exposed to this speech as much as the "I Have A Dream" speech, we might have had an overall different response to the wars we've been engaged in during the 21st century. As it is, the words still make for great listening and if you take nothing away from this speech, but one line, let it be this one: "There comes a time when silence is betrayal." Yes, silence can be a killing thing. And note how the words that apply to a war and society over forty years ago are still so relevant today.


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