Idol worship is dangerous, no matter who it is. We should honor, not idolize. By recognizing our heroes as imperfect beings who accomplished great things through hard work, dedication and perseverance, we find a bit of them in ourselves, and thus the power to carry on where they left off. As opposed to feeling inferior and helpless while waiting for the next god like figure to emerge and save us, as we watch our state of affairs worsen.
I find it funny that the same people who praise Dr. King and scream for equality, also want to deny those same rights to gays. If you’re on the anti-gay marriage side, some of your allies believe gay marriage to be as bad as interracial marriage. One opponent even went so far as to liken the two to beastiality and incest:
“Surely it is irrational to forbid incest! After all, we once made it illegal for whites to marry blacks, didn’t we? So isn’t it the same to deny Fred and Fido; Tom, Dick and Harry; and Sam and Sally? Wouldn’t it be intolerant to say no to this happy trio of lovers? Isn’t this what makes America great – equal rights for those who commit bestiality, polygamy, sodomy and incest?” – William Donahue
Dr. King judged men and women by character, and a great judge of character is the company you keep. Anti-gay? William Donahue considers you an ally.
There was a time Dr. King stood for more than equal rights for blacks. During his later, and arguably more dangerous years, he began preaching for socioeconomic equality:
“Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective”
Some feel these teachings of unity across all bounds and borders is what lead to his assassination. Once we figure out that we all face similar oppressions by the same group of people, regardless of race, then we can put petty differences aside and bond to become a real threat to those oppressors.
Lastly, I got paid yesterday and didn’t have to go into work. As a poor black man, I felt I was living the King’s dream. Thanks, Doc.