Thinking Back – MLK Jr

Posted January 15th, 2012 by Iron Mike

I was still a young man – and a young soldier – when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. The fires that tore through our cities and our souls in the weeks that followed are still vivid memories. So I thought a gentler reminder and historical image might be nice.

h/t: DP – my First State Culture Vulture!

In my early 20s I had mixed feelings about Doctor King. Like the TEA Parties today – he was plagued with rumors and fantasies about his real goals. I didn’t yet appreciate the magnitude of the problems he was dealing with.

Then came August 1965 – and Watts. Awakening for me – and for much of America, – was a painful process.

And then came April 4th 1968 – so soon after the Têt Offensive. Our cities erupted into flames and gunfire, – and hatred.

In a frenzy of wrong-headed over-reaction, politicians of all stripes tried to buy peace – using federal dollars – in an endless array of programs – which only entrenched poor Blacks in soul-numbing poverty.

If Martin could walk and talk with us today, he would be quite pleased that a Black man was Governor of Massachusetts, and another was sitting as President of our country.

But I’m pretty sure he’d be bloody rip-shit
at what both were doing by way of governing.

He’s be appalled that 44 years later gangs are the most powerful influence in the Black inner cities,  and that ‘government’ had managed to make lives worse by systematically breaking down the family – and turning a blind eye to the destructive forces of drugs, government welfare, and union-run school systems.

Today, doctor King might be found standing in the schoolhouse door – with an ax handle – to keep the socialists out!

It’s not all bad Doctor King – we have Tim Scott and Allen West!

/s/ Iron Mike
Old Soldier, – Still Good for Parts!

One Response to “Thinking Back – MLK Jr”

  1. DannaP

    Glad to see this on RR! My father, an educator, came to Delaware to teach from Virginia/North Carolina in 1957. One of his heros was Martin Luther King, Jr. because his passion was to teach all children, not just those of privilege. Thomas Ryan Swain, known as Tom Swain to his colleagues, once dined at a prestigious restaurant in Dover, Delaware in the early 1960’s. With him was a committee of men – both black and white – who were feverishly working to integrate the public schools in Delaware. They would not allow the black teachers inside. And so my father ordered take outs for the whole committee, and they ALL ate outside on the FRONT steps of the restaurant. A very clever maneuver to help turn the tides of prejudice on the Delmarva Peninsula.

    My father lived to see the schools integrate in Delaware in 1965-66. He died just 2 years later, in 1968, but his goals for equal educational opportunity – just part of MLK’s Dream – became a reality.

    Together, and only together, “We shall overcome.”