Monday, January 17, 2011

Remembering the Unsafe Dr. King

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day here in the States, and there are not shortage of good articles and blog posts reflecting on his legacy out there. Tony Jones directed me to an excellent post by Postmodern Negro where he has a conversation with the spirit of St. Martin in prayer.

I've used this holiday in the past few years to remind my readers that while Martin Luther King is rightly celebrated, he is also sanitized by our culture and used as a way to imply that race is no longer an issue in our society. We also largely ignore the broader justice issues that he stood for, racial equality being one of them.

As a way to remember the Dr. King who is still unsafe an uncomfortably challenging to our culture, take a few minutes and listen to a speech he gave at Riverside Church in New York City, stating his opposition to the Vietnam War and make a whole lot of people angry, including many friends and allies.

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