Friday, January 14, 2011
Charlotte Schools blaspheme God
Known in some parts of our country by the name Martin Luther King, Jr. As I've said before, I have no problem with MLK. He did great things. He stood up against gross injustices, and did so in a way that resulted in at least the elimination of the legal barriers to equality that existed then. And he did it in a way consistent with the finer parts of the Christian ethical tradition. Since he was assassinated, we'll never know if he might have been able to help avoid the decent into cultural hell that has followed so much of the American black community since the Civil Rights era. I would like to think so. But we know so little of the man right now since any and all studies must be exercises in celebration. When my boys were in elementary school, they began at the beginning of January drawing posters, making signs, singing songs, learning lessons, composing bulletin boards, and having specials all focused on MLK. They celebrated him like I never celebrated anything in school, apart from Christmastime in the earliest years of my memory. For a liberal movement that once mocked an unenlightened and unhip nation's tendency to obsess over old, dead, guys, they have since pole vaulted over anything we have ever done for any other person in our history in terms of outright veneration, if not downright god-worship. In the words of the immortal film Spaceballs, when it comes to how we treat Martin Luther King, Jr., we've gone to plaid. The idea that the most important thing in our nation right now is our kids' education, up until it interferes with the only sacred and purely holy day of the American calendar, is a good example of what I mean.