Have you ever seen How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days? Remember how Andi wrote fun little gossipy articles....but then one day she decided she wanted to write about serious stuff? Well I guess I'm having an Andi Anderson moment today so, bear with me. Confession sessions, trash TV chat and other important conversations will resume later this week.
As much as I would love to be at home marking things off my checklist today or lounging around the house, I actually don't mind being at work today. Because I don't think today or Martin Luther King Jr. is anything to be celebrated.
I have to admit that as I scrolled through my Instagram feed, I thought many of the quotes with the hashtag #MLKDay next to them were indeed lovely. But they also made me somewhat sad.
I'm not a fan of history. I think the majority of it is a snoozefest. I'm much more a science person. BUT, I understand why it's essential to know. I think so many times we become bandwagoners. And I'm just as guilty as the next. But sometimes I think we get so caught up in doing what is popular and latching on to something - like a remarkable quote - and we fail to investigate for ourselves what we're supporting.
So, not to be vague, the following is why I don't celebrate MLK Day.
-The large majority of MLK's work is plagiarized. A committee of researchers at Boston University agreed that there was no question much of King's dissertations were intellectually pirated works. Even his famous "I have a Dream Speech" is thought to have been inspired by Prathia Hall who was a great civil rights advocate and whose signature phrase was....I Have a Dream
-MLK was heavily involved in communist activities and a self-proclaimed Marxist. His close affiliates including his Advisor, Program Director and the Vice-President of his Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC,) were all open communists and members of Communist organizations. King's first march in 1958 was openly declared to be a communist project.
-Stanley Levison was King's mentor, edited his books, wrote many of his speeches, controlled the fund-raising for the SCLC and, coincidentally for many years was in charge of secretly funneling Soviet funds to the Communist Party USA.
- MLK wrote the forward to a book written by Robert Williams who promoted King's movements. At the same time, Williams also made regular broadcasts in Havana Cuba in which he urged violent attacks by blacks against white Americans.
-An FBI investigation of MLK found that he often used money contributed to the civil rights movement for alcohol and numerous prostitutes - often brought to his hotels two at a time. MLK often had drunken sex parties which lasted for days while on his speaking tours. For an unknown reason, the judge has sealed the FBI files on King until 2027. Let's also not forget MLK was married.
-A Museum in Tennessee created a display of the two bedrooms in the Lorraine Motel where MLK was the night before he was shot. However, the museum has declined to depict the occupants of the rooms.The reason why? The night before he was shot, MLK spent it having sex with two women and physically beating and abusing a third.
These are some of the reasons I shudder when I hear someone say what a great man Martin Luther King Jr. is. Especially when there are so many others who are far more deserving to be honored for civil rights work. Of course no one is perfect, but I cannot support or celebrate a man who abused women and was part of a crippling socioeconomic political theory, no matter how many lovely speeches he gave. The character of a man defines who he really is.
I don't know why I felt so bold to post this today.It's never my intent to offend or upset my blog readers. And I know that politics is right next to religion on the list of "things not to blog about....if you want to be successful." I suppose I just want us as a generation to be wise about the things we support.
And lately I've been in somewhat of a "throw caution to the wind" mood so I just said screw it and hit publish!
That being said, I love hearing what my readers think.