Here’s how not to honor Martin Luther King Jr. or the National Day of Service associated with the annual King holiday: politicize it.
This is exactly what local King day organizer Roosevelt Milton did. Barack Obama’s re-election, Milton said, is good news that’s overshadowed by voter ID laws that amount to “suppression of voting rights.” If the rights of minority votes were suppressed, how did America’s first black president get elected not once but twice?
Milton also complains about the choice of Oklahomans last November to outlaw some forms of reverse discrimination. Not mentioned are the real problems facing minorities today, including a breakdown of social structure and a disintegration of jobs in the Obama economy.
King dreamed big dreams and looked forward. Some of his devotees are sleep-walking and stuck in the 1960s.