Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley says civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sent Hurricane Irene to shutter celebrations in unveiling of monument in Washington D.C. to “force everyone to pause and self-reflect amid racism.
I knew it was a matter of time before someone tried to find a nexus between Hurricane Irene, the earthquake that rocked the East Coast last week and the King Monument in Washington D.C. According to Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., sent the “massive storm to shutter the celebration and force everyone to pause and self-reflect amid the pervasive violence, racism and pornography in our society.”
First, there was an earthquake. Then there was a hurricane. What in the world could be going on Nothing in the world. That was just Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., above the world, shutting down the celebration, getting our attention and telling us to take a good look at ourselves. If King were here today, she said, he would be “roiled with righteous anger and sadness” because of:
• Black teens running around, beating people in Philadelphia and Milwaukee flash mob violence.
• The trial of the men who beat Vincent Kee, a gentle, mentally disabled man in Albuquerque, N.M., and then branded him with a swastika.
• Black teens dropping out of schools in Detroit, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Gary, Ind., in numbers too obscene to say aloud.
• Three white men, on a mission to hurt a black person, driving to Jackson, Miss., and beating an innocent 49-year-old James Anderson, then driving their Ford F-250 pickup over him to kill him.
All of this in addition to:
• The soft-core porn that passes as programming on MTV, VH1 and BET.
• Widespread unemployment at a rate higher than in 1963 when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech on the National Mall.
• A magazine editor calling America’s first president of color the slang word for penis on national TV.
Therefore, with this in mind, King “didn’t think we were ready to celebrate today” and instead, “the raindrops on the King monument today will represent the tears of the lions who went before and left this world hoping that better would come after.” Whenever the dedication is rescheduled for, she said, hopefully we’ll have “a better report to show.” Source: The Blaze
I guess these are words that Cornel West and Tavis Smiley would love to hear. I can’t say what Dr. King’s thoughts are but I do agree he would not be pleased with the self-destructive nature of some of our black youth, including those bent on perpetuating negative stereotypes, including walking around with sagging pants.