Martin Luther King Jr.
Speech on thinking about the “other side” of Gandhi, MLK and Tankman. Who are the real heroes? Life and people are more complex than the caricatures we are taught. And we owe it to everyone (and ourselves) not to just be shallow
A friend pointed out that we would be living in a different America if we had not lost Dr. King...
- (a) that's true about just about anyone
- (b) "Maybe not for the better"
Look, MLK plagiarized and gave a brilliant speech or three. And his causes were just, and his actions commendable (far better than the Malcom X type stuff). So I am somewhat a fan, and am not trying to pee in anyone's punchbowl, nor mock their heroes. There are far, far less worthy celebrities. So he's not a Che Guevara or unworthy type. But we need to watch the deification of people. Even people that had positive impact on many lives. And I'm also one that focuses on the counter-balances or things not discussed.
So I went on to mention the following points:
- remember, King was a philanderer that was surrounded by Marxists and started talking about reparations
- one of the best things you can do (for your reputation) is take an assassins bullet before the truth/scandals come out
Do you think we'd be a better world if King was disgraced as a hypocrite, or if he had to keep creating "the next big thing" to be like a Jesse Jackson (and become an attention whore)? What if he kept devolving into more and more leftist divisive/Marxist rhetoric? We have no way to know which way his life would have gone from there, and whether he would have pulled out from his trajectory, but there were at least a few indicators that it was heading towards a darker direction.
So while I respect his accomplishments, and forgive his sins, that's easier to do when he took a bullet near his peak, not nearer his valley.
He might have done great things, and still be the voice of reason. He might have also devolved and been tainted by scandal and his need for attention. But I find either, equally plausible. So from doing the most for the world, he might have died at the exact right time. We just don't know.