Steven Hayward at Powerline writes:
I can’t bear to take in the speeches being offered today in commemoration of Martin Luther King’s famous March on Washington speech that took place 50 years ago this week. A note from Ken Masugi this morning observes that most of the speeches are partisan drivel and Obama cheerleading, a sign of the appalling decay of the so-called civil rights movement today. Ken notes separately how the Martin Luther King monument on the Mall perfectly exemplifies this decay, preferring the older Freedman’s Memorial from 1876 instead:
The fuss over the lame misquotation on the statue (“I was a drum major for justice…”) is nothing compared with the greater disgrace of the mediocrity of the statue. The civil rights revolution transformed America; the stubborn King just stands there, arms folded, glowering across the Tidal Basin, with Jefferson off to his left. Its size (at 30 feet, half again the height of Jefferson) undermines the real King’s message of equality. This monstrosity from China is art in the fascistic mode (cf. Mt. Rushmore).
Hayward also indicates how far these grievance mongers have drifted from King’s ideal of a colorblind society:
While King’s significant statement on how the object of a color-blind society where people are judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin is getting some play, I wonder whether anyone will also look back on another significant moment of King’s teaching also from 50 years ago—his Letter from the Birmingham Jail. There, in the middle, is King’s embrace of something utterly anathema to today’s left: natural law as understood by Aquinas, etc.
Today’s “civil rights” advocates are far more likely to quote Marx than Thomas Aquinas.
Last year, I noted:
I stand in amazement at the sorry state of the civil rights movement in 2012.
A short 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King and his supporters were standing up to people like Bull Connor and enduring beatings, having dogs set upon them, church bombings and in case of the family of Dr. King, his assassination. Peaceful marches brought all Hell down on the protesters and most feared for their lives.
These people were facing true danger of jail time, bodily harm and even death to secure equal rights to vote and equality as promised under the Constitution. They placed their lives, their livelihood and their families at risk to secure the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
In 1962, the battle cry was “We shall overcome!”
In 2012, it has become, “Getting a picture ID is inconvenient or racist or something!”
And noting much has changed since 2012. I watched some of the speeches yesterday and it was a litany of “we aren’t there yet” and “society has to do more”. The most disgusting aspect was the canonization of Saint Trayvon the First and the attempt to embed into the “civil rights” lexicon the lie that Martin was a civil rights martyr on par with King and Rosa Parks and was killed only because he was black.
It is a disgrace to Dr. King’s memory and legacy that Trayvon Martin was even mentioned at the same time as King.