April 4

“The issue is injustice,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his final speech. “The issue is the refusal of Memphis to be fair and honest in its dealings with its public servants, who happen to be sanitation workers.”

That was 1968. Here in 2011, of course, we honor Dr. King with a national holiday and shake our heads sadly when remembering those dark days of the past in which public workers and public workers unions were demonized by shameless politicians seeking scapegoats for their own failures.

Anyway, here’s one of my favorite bits from that remarkable April 3 speech:

It’s all right to talk about “long white robes over yonder,” in all of its symbolism. But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here. It’s all right to talk about “streets flowing with milk and honey,” but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can’t eat three square meals a day. It’s all right to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God’s preachers must talk about the New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. This is what we have to do.

  • THE Magpie

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Blotzphoto Louis Doench

    “That was 1968. Here in 2011, of course, we honor Dr. King with a national holiday and shake our heads sadly when remembering those dark days of the past in which public workers and public workers unions were demonized by shameless politicians seeking scapegoats for their own failures.”

    Ahhh… the bad old days of… last week…sigh.

  • http://mousehole-mouse.blogspot.com/?zx=58ed6a0d2b47d813 Mouse

    File that speech on a long list of reasons why conservatives co-opting King really pisses me off.

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

    Too bad the Republicans still didn’t get the memo (particularily in Wisconsin).

    I am getting a feeling a new MLK *is* needed.

  • Matri

    Nah. The Republicans will lynch him and blame the liberals, then Fox News will call him a proponent for the abolition of unions and blame the atheists for his death. And it will make perfect sense.

    To them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1390930332 Orion Moony

    Someone’s already co-opted that title. Also, already co-opted MLK’s holiday.

    He’s Mormon, and likes conspiracy theories. About liberals and socialism and Kenya and the Federal Reserve.

    Plus he has a bizarre fixation on Christmas sweaters.


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