What would Martin Luther King Jr. think about us?

On Monday I got the opportunity to view the Martin Luther King Monument in Washington DC. I felt that the nation was making a valiant attempt to honor a man who sacrificed his life for civil rights, but later when viewing Facebook entries I saw people who were critical of the monument sounding off. They said what a waste that money could have been used to help the poor, but this money was raised from donations not govermental handouts. People gave because they wanted to, but the other troubling thing I saw this week was everybody saying what the slain leader would have thought about our problems. Keep in mind Dr. King has now been dead for 43 years. Alot has changed in 43 years. I saw poeple saying what he would have said about black unemployment, gay rights, women’s rights and foreign policy. Everybody had an answer, but the reality is no one knows what he would have thought or said when looking at the state of the United States circa 2011. My question to those of you old enough to remember Dr. King is do you have the same opinions that you had 40 years ago or 30, or 20, or even 10 years ago? No, you have probably evolved or changed completely. Dr. King is a figure that we have frozen in time and people make statements regarding the slain leader that are reflective of their own evolution not his.

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  • James  On August 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Very good insight. One would hope that he would cling to the eternal beliefs which drove him to strive for justice.

  • stephen matlock  On August 28, 2011 at 3:24 am

    “Dr. King is a figure that we have frozen in time and people make statements regarding the slain leader that are reflective of their own evolution not his.”

    Oh, that’s something to chew on.

  • eurobrat  On August 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I would hope that today he would support civil rights for other groups of people just as he fought for rights in his own time. We don’t know how he would feel today, but he seems to have been very compassionate.

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