Uh-oh. Guess which black minister, recently in the news, has come out in opposition to the war? An excerpt:
"And don't let anybody make you think that God chose
Heavy stuff. I'm sure any conservative reading the bit above would come away with only one thing - that the Reverend is threatening
And what does Obama have to say about all this?
To be honest, I don't think anyone's asked him.
They haven't asked for his opinion, because the above words are not those of his former minister, Reverend Wright. I took them from a speech by Martin Luther King called "Why I Am Opposed to the War in
Yeah, yeah, happy April Fool's Day and all that. But I must give all props to Tavis Smiley for this post, as it was his appearance on Real Time this week that reminded me that MLK was reviled for his position on
President Johnson, who formerly relied upon the personal counsel of MLK, and who signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 with King looking over his shoulder, now barred him from the White House, as he would not truck with opponents of the war. King differentiated Johnson's personality from that of his predecessor, saying that "President Kennedy was a man who was big enough to admit when he was wrong-as he did after the
Ah. True dat.
So my point is not that Reverend Wright is a King in wolf's clothing, no, far from it. My point is simply that we might take the occasion of the upcoming 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to reflect on how people are often viewed by history quite differently than they were in their own times.
Or, in other words, and as we are often reminded every April 1st, things are not always what they seem.