Monday, January 21, 2008

LEST WE FORGET: The Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.

[NOTE: The jokes are below this post]

Freedom Medley
(Peter, Paul & Mary)

All societies praise their live conformists and dead prophets.

Almost 45 years after his speech his Dream is not yet fully realized:


  1. Courage and Conviction...I miss those attributes in our leaders. Cheers!!

  2. MATT-MAN: Me, too. And I rather miss leaders who are willing to lead.

  3. How true, how true but I do believe that the Rev. would be appalled at how his people behave.

    I lived in the ghetto's in three states, as well I was incarcerated. Without trying to sound racist, which I am often perceived as, I will say there is trash in every culture, every race and if we call a spade a spade, we must call it like it is. I have seen those that would rather sell drugs than work there way up the ladder. I had to start over myself, start again, at the bottom but I did not make the choice to sell drugs and say it was because or in the name of racism. I am Indian and Irish, as well, my children are Native American to the point they can apply for grants and so on. But I instilled in them that nothing comes easy, yes, crime does pay momentarily and hard work is the only answer. I could go on and on but I will spare you...

  4. I hope someday MLK's dream will be realized.

    Babz, it is easy to judge others but this racial thing is so complex that it is difficult to separate the effects of racism from the behavior you see. When people are hopeless they try to find an easy way out. And there are plenty of criminals in the government today who are scot-free. To me, what the plutocrats are doing to the poor and middle class with their endless tax breaks, trumped-up wars and loopholes is just as bad as selling drugs and hurts a much larger portion of the population.

  5. Dreams can come true - I hope MLK's does.

  6. I wish they had called it "Civil Rights Day" instead of singling him out. Not to dimish his contribution, but he wasn't the only one who dedicated his life to civil rights, and he wasn't the only martyr. There are a lot of people who deserve equal recognition.

  7. Haven't you noticed that Barrack Obama (who the hell would name their baby son "Barrack" : has he got brothers called "Platoon" and "Kitchen".... yeah that Barrack Obama doing those pathetic Martin Luther King impressions... does he not realize how false he comes across in that black preacher mode... at least Hillary is HERSELF!

    Sorry I know you are American and probably desperate to escape this crap...

    .. if you don't mind answering tho... who DO you support for Pres? And who do you believe actually WILL get in??

    and PS: how long till the Caucases (why on EARTH do they name a presidential candidates' selection procedure after some mountains near Chechnya and Georgia in Russia/former Soviet Union?

  8. ps I got over that nasty dehydration rather swimmingly, thank you!!

  9. What a nice tribute to Martin Luther King. Nice post!

  10. Hey:


    some stars for you!!



  11. He had a dream, a vision....too bad smeone didn't think it was worth sharing and took him from the world.
    There is something at my blog for you Nick.

  12. I have watched the video and listened to the music and I feel like I have been to church. It is a good feeling. Thank you.

  13. Nice post. I love the music and got goose-bumps listening to MLK speak.

    Hopes for peace to all.

  14. It's sad when the point is missed. Perhaps not by much, perhaps only by the merest fraction, but missed nonetheless.

    As long as there is an us and a them rather than a we, Dr. King's dream is not realized.

  15. Great post as usual Nick. Thank you.

  16. BABZ: I tend not to lump folks into categories. I prefer to deal with individuals and to follow the adage that is sometimes attributed to that great Native American jurist, Judge Learned Hand: “Never judge a man until after you have walked two miles in his moccasins.”

    MAUIGIRL: I agree with you. Yet, I even prefer to relate to plutocrats (I don’t know if I’ve met any personally) as individuals.

    AKELAMALU: The day that Rev. King was assassinated, I cried. As I look at this world filled with all sorts of prejudice and hate, I can cry again.

    THOMAS: In some ways I agree with you: there have been many martyrs to the cause of civil rights. Yet, the remembering of one martyr can be inclusive of them all.

  17. GLEDWOOD: Wow! I could right a post on your comments! Thank you. Here are a few comments on your comments:

    A Kenyan Muslim, Obama’s father, would name a child “Barack,” which is a rather common Islamic and Jewish name. He was named after his father. His full name is “Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.”

    Personally, I have not decided upon a candidate. I am drawn to a few. My hope is that the election removes the Republican lackeys of the plutocrats from power. My fear, especially on this holiday celebrating civil rights, is that the United States has yet not matured enough as a nation to elect either a man who is the son of a Kenyan or a woman to the presidency.

    A caucus is a closed political meeting to select a candidate or promote a policy. The majority of states do not have them in primary elections.

    I am glad you are feeling better, thanks for the stars, and tanks for the neat comments. I have enjoyed responding to them. Alex says “hi.”

  18. D. CHEDWICK BRYANT: Thank you!

    PENELOPE ANNE: To me, Dr. King’s assassination is still a bit of a mystery. I’m not into conspiracy theories, but like the assassinations of JFK and RFK, there are many unanswered questions. Primarily, “quisnam beneficium.”

    CHARLIE: Thank you, my friend. Perhaps I can’t get writing liturgies out of my system?

    CAROL: Thnak you. May I admit that my thoughts went back 40 years and I found I had tears in my eyes watching the video and, of course, sang among with the medley?

  19. RIM: I fully agree. When I look at the prejudice in the U.S. the wars in the Middle East, Sri Lanka, and now even Kenya that are based on ethnic and tribal prejudices, I fear for this world.

    LAURIE: Thank you, my dear friend.

    S E E QUINE: I rather feel the same way—and not simply because he’s a member of my denomination.

  20. A very worthwhile post and debate Mr NIck!

  21. It is the behavior not the man that must be looked at, not by the color of his skin but by his conviction and how he/she carries themselves.

    I couldn't agree more with Rim's comment;

    "As long as there is an us and a them rather than a we, Dr. King's dream is not realized."

    Maybe Mauigirl perceived my comment with racial overtones, exactly what I'd hoped it would not have.It would take a novel, to explain...

    My contention is this, until we hold each other accountable, nothing changes. Until we look at the "Us" as was mentioned, nothing changes.

    People tend to look the other way, as in homelessness, just in example. They'd prefer to look down their nose at that and we'll say addiction, as another example. The point is, no one chooses to be homeless nor do they choose to become an addict. I personally did not wake up one morning and think, "Gosh, I think I want to be an addict, especially a heroin addict, when I grow up." My point is that some things are because of the cards we are dealt, some are choices. But "we" must be convicted to rise above, yes, hold ourselves accountable. With that accountability hopefully will follow with/for a perception, an attempt at understanding and where their is no empathy, we must try to have compassion.

    Having said that, I will always call people on their sh**. I am not PC and will say it as it needs to be said. I will say what I mean, mean what I say and do my darnedest not to say it too mean.

    Yes, "We" must rise above our diversities, downfalls and prejudice. We must pull each other up and not judge until we have walked a mile in their moccasin.

    This comes from a woman who was raped, stabbed, beaten and ultimately placed in Prison for 3 1/2 years for the rampage I went on to shut up my pain as a heroin addict. I had to learn all things the hard way but I have learned and can only aspire to rise above it.

    I point this out only in an attempt to show that we must choose to rise above. The prisons are full of people who have been dealt sh*tty cards. Some fold their cards, never change, live and learn the dark side. Some will eventually live and learn and rise above.

    We must call a spade a spade, a tough love, if you will and try to pull them up, call them on their sh**. Why? Because until you are shown, in your face, call it like it is, you can never be remorseful nor can you learn from it.