Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was not a saint; no man is. Yet, for one reason or another, he is treated like a god of racial relations, the featured image for the civil rights movement. Black or white, many Americans actually know astonishingly little about the African American social revolutionary.
For example, did you know that King received a C in public speaking? Or that he won a Grammy (bonus points if you can guess what for)? How about the fact that King was a huge Star Trek nerd, and convinced Uhura’s actress, Nichelle Nichols, to stay on the show after the first season?
There are a lot of aspects of King’s life that go relatively ignored by the public, and much of this can be attributed to the fact that in primary education, the man is revered as a type of demigod, sent from the heavens to end racial segregation in the United States.
In the last several centuries, one would be hard-pressed to find an activist more recognizable or successful than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a contemporary champion for racial equality, leading a non-violent march consisting of 200,000+ people to the Lincoln Memorial to make his famous speech, titled, “I Have a Dream.” There is something special about Dr. King, however, and it often appears that his social influence will never be surpassed by activists that fill the world today. The non-violent, respectful form of social activism that King promoted is extremely foreign to the contemporary neoliberal and neoconservative movements which have since engaged in a type of activism that does not seek to change its environment, but completely turn it on its head.
What both sides must ask themselves in the wake of the 2018, however, is whether the emblem of King stands for what it always has. Similar to the issue of the Confederate flag and what it signifies, the late preacher means a lot of things to a lot of people, and likely has become something new that King himself would have decried as barbarous.
King was a humble man, slow to speak and quick to forgive, largely due to his unwavering loyalty to the principle of non-violence. What the contemporary social justice movement has devolved into, complete with petitions for violent and revolutionary anarchism, is completely alien to the life and dream of the black minister.
To whom Antifa calls, “Fascist,” King cried, “Brother!” To the entire (white) race condemned by the alt-left, King embraced as children of God. But the image of King today is celebrated by leftists as the initiator of the present social justice movement. Whereas the right celebrates King as a respectable African American who pursued American values such as liberty and the equality of opportunity, within the scope of far-left ideology, however, King is a collectivized asset – another black man who stood up to whitey.
In conclusion, my thesis is simple. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man who pursued a noble purpose in the United States and deserves respect, regardless of his image’s hijacking by movements such as Black Lives Matter. However, due to such a hijacking, in order to move beyond the current anarcho-communist rioting and socio-ideological dominance, perhaps Americans should think twice before celebrating the life and work of King, as the enemy does so with more sinister intent.