Monday, January 17, 2005

If You Celebrate This Man You Must Celebrate His Legacy?
I have been seeing this argument arise more frequently during past MLK days:
Martin Luther King Jr. passionately fought throughout his life for economic justice . . . a nationally reknowned author told a Cleveland audience Sunday.
"If you celebrate this man, you must embrace his legacy," said Julianne Malveaux, an economist and commentator.

Let's be frank here - we don't celebrate Martin Luther King for all his ideals. Nor do we want to. Nor should we want to. We celebrate King because of one thing, and one thing only: his courage to argue for a color-blind society. That is all this holiday is about. If you think it should be about something more, about "economic justice," than try to get a Eugene Debs day.

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