Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I blogged about the Martin Loofa Exfoliating Gloves (See: Martin Loofa Gloves ), and now I want to address something that is equally as disturbing: Martin Luther King Jr.'s name and likeness on party flyers. Check out these flyers:
No School? No ID? Using the man who fought for education and the right to vote? and with Dr. Dre's Beats headphones on? Really folks? What's next? Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks in lace front wigs sprawled over a 70's Buick sitting on 24s to promote your next "Ladies Get in Free Before 12" event? [I know...don't give them any ideas...I'm just saying]
Martin Luther King Jr. is a national icon in the history of progressivism. He was awarded the noble peace prize for combating racial inequality through non-violence, and he is best known as a prominent leader in the civil rights movement for African Americans...better still, there is a monument in Washington, D.C. dedicated to him. We celebrate his accomplishments every year via a federal holiday, President Obama is going to be sworn in at his second Inauguration using Dr. King's Bible, and this is how WE choose to depict Dr. King?
Martin Luther King Jr. belongs in the schools, in our churches, memorialized in our history, but not in the club! This goes beyond "we have to do better"...your thoughts? Let's talk.