Sunday, August 21, 2011
Martin Luther King -- Hero of all-American Communism!
"It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)."
The below socialist/Stalinist-realism statue, composed by an art-worker who did busts of Mao ZeDong, is about to be a long-delayed and permanent fixture on the Washington D.C. Mall as a memorial in honor of Dr. King.
Simply put, it is an offense to a religious man who was a humanist and moralist rather than an ideologue (but also a savvy politician); indeed, it could have been designed by J. Edgard Hoover, whose FBI thought Martin was a committed Commie all along.
It is a sad reflection on our America that we are remembering -- in such a crude, one-dimensional fashion -- a complex, charismatic person who was such an inspiration to our country during critical decades. This simply stupid statue (it has nothing to do with art) does violence to the memory of a leader of sensitivity, subtlety, and humanity -- not to speak of his immense intelligence and sense of history.
Nobody's perfect. Martin was an accused plagiarist and not exactly a model husband. So: why can't we honor Dr. King in a way that shows him as the human being he was, like all of us, imperfect -- but who led us the world over in such extraordinary ways, because he reminded us, no matter the color of our skin, of our endless imperfections -- and, most important, of our hopes and aspirations for a better world?
Since when do we need Stalinist models to remember persons who make our country (let's hope) great?