An interesting perspective on the contemporary image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..
I was exceptionally busy over the weekend and on Monday and heard little if any news or anything else on either radio or television. And I fell l behind on my newspapers. So I don’t know whether Mr. Habeeb’s prediction was fulfilled. But I expect that it was.
And incidentally, while I’m at it: My two prior posts regarding MLK — here and here — have, as I’ve indicated, earned me accusations of being on the same wavelength as the Ku Klux Klan, of having lived a “little” and useless life, of sympathizing with segregation and slavery, of “racism” and dishonesty and foolishness and “sophistry,” of being “arrogant,” and so forth. And that’s just a sampling from among the comments on my own blog.
My depravity is also being discussed in other places — and very probably also in a number of venues of which I’m unaware — but here’s a (to me) especially amusing specimen:
One current thread on a largely atheist apostate Mormon message board that’s mostly devoted to sneering at Mormons, mocking Mormonism, and defaming me in particular, focuses on my “racist blog post.” It’s full of the by-now usual mischaracterizations of what I wrote, accompanied by lamentations about my “stunning ignorance,” my looking like “a total jerk,” my being a “jackass,” my seeming sympathy for slavery and opposition to the American Civil War, and my disgusting physical appearance. One participant in the discussion summarizes my position by pointing out that I “want the ‘whites only’ signs back up.”
Finally, though, sitting back with the quiet satisfaction of knowing that they’ve put adequate moral distance between themselves and (ugh!) me, this group of earnest moral philosophers reflects for just a moment on what it is that drives me to be so . . . well, so egregiously awful in so remarkably many ways. Observes one: “If DCP (at least the DCP that is endlessly presented to the public) could see things through the eyes of others, and while doing so consider the possibility that differences from his own viewpoint are not necessarily the result of stupidity, malice or ignorance. I don’t think he could continue to hold the belief system he does.”
You really can’t make this sort of stuff up.
“For what do we live,” remarks Mr. Bennett in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, “but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?”