I read a sad thing last week. Someone was doing a survey of Black urban youth and what they knew about Martin Luther King. Sadly, when asked, many referred to a Martin Luther King Boulevard that exists in nearly every major city in the nation. Others answered "he be the dude the honky's killed." While some knew who King was, few could correlate King with his great "I Have A Dream" speech, or the historical "Letter From A Birmingham Jail."
It's also sad that few Blacks today adhere to Martin Luther King's teachings. After giving his own life to advancing the education of Black youth, what would King think of the 50% of Blacks who drop out of high school and never finish? After asking for fair play in the work place what would King think about the three generations of Black victimhood?…the gaming of our social welfare system where a mere twelve percent of the population eat up .43 cents of every welfare dollar spent? What would King think of urban ebonics, two hundred dollar Michael Jordan tennis shoes and Black adoration of Black rap thugs? What would he think about Beyonce springing for a million dollar birthing suite to have her baby while millions of Blacks live in poverty?
But we have to congratulate Dr. King. His birthday is now a commercial event. As with those President Day sales, where no one stops to give a thought to either Washington or Lincoln, (too busy shopping), retailers are now exploiting King's birthday for the almighty dollar. Just take a look at next week's coupon codes as internet retailers will sell you clothes, shoes, and cheap TV's if you'll just enter "MLKOFFER" at checkout!
Blacks, again, are not immune to commercially exploiting Dr. King. Black oriented media are pimping Hennesey Cognac and all manner of commercial goods, all in the name of their modern day prophet. No doubt, somewhere in America, someone is marketing a Martin Luther King Chia Plant, god help us all.
No, sadly the modern Black has no recollection of a Martin Luther King, or a Medgar Evers or a Rosa Parks…people who stood proudly on their own two feet and asked only for a seat at the table. This is the era of Barack Obama, the man-child, the pampered Black, the "milk chocolate" Black who talks so pretty but is content to live off the generosity of others, the entitled one by virtue of his skin color, the "gamer" who incited class and race warfare to win a second term.
No, this is an era where any Black who promotes the concept of personal responsibility is ostracized from his own race for daring to challenge ignorance, laziness and sloth and folks like Thomas Boswell or Dr Ben Carson or Allen West are labelled "Uncle Toms" for advocating for strong living and work ethics.
Happy Martin Luther King Day folks…even as he spins in his grave.