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Updated: October 5, 2013 6:20AM
Speakers at King event missed the point
Dana Milbank’s Friday column treaded lightly on the almost cartoonish event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martian Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington.
He described the commercialization of MLK’s image, one T-shirt showing Dr. King in a hoodie. People who spoke put words into Dr. King’s mouth. We don’t know what he would say today but we do know what he said when he was with us.
Dr. King said that a person should not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character. So what was the character of Trayvon Martin? Why is he held up as a martyr? His death was a tragedy but I judge his character. Trayvon was a brawler.
Dr. King approved of hard work. He said in a speech later that if it is your job to be a street sweeper be the best street sweeper there ever was, like the artist Michelangelo. He wanted people to experience a job well done.
So let’s judge the characters that spoke at that event. President Obama spoke of course, would Dr. King approve of his job-killing taxes and regulations? Would he approve of his extreme abortion stance? Would he approve of Obama’s shutting down good paying jobs in oil and coal? Would he approve of Obama’s investments into bankrupt green energy companies? Would he want to redefine marriage?
There were speakers that equated the TEA party to the KKK (not knowing history that the KKK were Democrats). They complained about voter ID laws that would mess up their vote fraud games. They wallowed in supposed unfairness that there is so much poverty.
They missed the very point that made Dr. King great. Character is what is needed to rise above adversity, not a government handout.