With another Martin Luther King Jr. holiday upon us, I continue to wonder what Dr. King would think of the state of race relations in these United States.
While I’ve read information that indicates Dr. King was investigated for ties to the communist party by the FBI prior to his death, some other accounts, and some of his writings sound like messages that would come from those today calling for a stronger work ethic, faith in God, and the importance of a solid family unit that you might expect to hear from folks on the center or the right.
The MLK assassination on April 4th of 1968 was one big event in what was a troubling part of a 20th century that also saw the murders of President Kennedy, popularist presidential candidate Hewey P. Long, activist Malcolm X, and 3 civil rights workers who’s brutal executions were memorialized in the movie Mississippi burning.
Lest we forget, Presidents Reagan and Ford, and Presidential candidate George Wallace were also the subjects of assassination attempts.
When we hear pundits complain that we’ve lost our ability to talk about our differences, it’s important to remember that unfortunately the use of violence to silence those that others disagree with is nothing new.
That’s the way I see it.