It’s amazing — but not surprising — at how many people are making fun of my mom about a comment in her speech in Iowa recently:
“‘The Man,’ can only ride ya when your back is bent.”
People went nuts over this, saying it didn’t make sense.
I wonder how many of them know that analogy came from Martin Luther King Jr? I’d say none of them. Or at least, no one is pointing it out. (UPDATE: Dave Weigel figured it out – thank you!) This is what MLK Jr. said (emphasis added):
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
The pundits either don’t know or don’t care that her comment was alluding to this famous quote.
Why? They just can’t ever pass up a chance to make fun of my mom.
Notice that no one is actually talking about the content of her speech? It’s easier to stigmatize her than to deal with her actual arguments.
I’m proud of my mom who’s back is not bent, who stands up straight, and who fights for what she believes.
(Maybe the GOP “talking heads” are railing against her because she called them out? Here’s a great excerpt from her talk!)