Portraying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a coon is offensive. Period.
A poster advertising an upcoming event to be held at the Social Network Events Center in Flint, Mich., with an image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wearing a gold medallion, and sporting either a ‘hood’ greeting or gang signs, and sagging pants, is raising eyebrows. It’s equally offensive that the caption on the poster is “Freedom 2 Twerk.” Really?
The poster is another proof that this generation of young people do not respect the sacrifices of people like Dr. King, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and others who gave their lives in the struggle for racial equality and justice. My issue is not with one’s right to ‘twerk’ but to denigrate the legacy of Dr. King and all the freedom fighters in such a crass manner is just wrong.
BlackAmericaWeb reports the organization behind the ‘Freedom 2 Twerk‘ flyer is Mid-Michigan Teen Parties. We know they are appealing to teens, but dang, really? This isn’t black pride. It’s just offensive.