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In honor of today being Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, here are some links to serve as food for thought. Enjoy!
MLK Isn’t One-Fits-All – Black Snob
It’s important for us who know the history to not fall into the trap of either making King things he is not or forgetting his complexities. King is not a one-size-fits-all garment we can all wear on our way to moral rectitude. And no one can rightly claim his mantel. We have to create our own.
First of all, King was a radical. Not the venomous kind that promotes reckless violence against innocent people; quite the opposite. King was a radical in his criticism of the root causes of injustice, and in his brilliantly imaginative vision of a different, more just and humane world. For example, King did not just urge protesters to be non-violent, he urged politicians and governments to be non-violent. In 1968 he took a brave stance against the war in Vietnam, in a speech in New York City’s Riverside Church, that cost him some of his liberal supporters. He criticized the injustices of capitalism: persistent poverty, inadequate aid to workers and the poor, and growing wealth disparity. Let us remember he died demanding not simply integration, but labor rights for striking sanitation workers in Memphis.
It started in Greeley, Colo., earlier this month: radio station owner and school board member Brett Reese began using his media platform to read a listener’s letter calling King a “sexual degenerate,” an “America-hating communist” and a “plastic god.” Reese told a local news station he aired it – at least twice a day, and as many as four – after “doing fact-checking.”
So when you start quoting pre-1963 Dr. King speeches or essays in order to buttress your ‘colorblind’ race arguments, especially when we are discussing how whiteness and white supremacy negatively impacts our lives, it pisses us off.
Watch MLK’s “I Have A Dream Speech” on Youtube
Last year I made some parenting resolutions which, I’m proud to say, I mostly kept. This year, I’ve decided to not do any resolutions and instead allow myself to have a wish list of sorts.
My 2011 Wishlist
- Yoga – Once upon a time I worked at a yoga studio, and in the process developed a fairly regular yoga practice of my own. Unfortunately, my physical yoga practice fell by the wayside once I moved to the city I currently live in. I miss the way I felt during and after a yoga session, which is, challenged then peaceful.
- Read more books – I used to be a voracious book reader. Nowadays, most of my reading is of online articles and blogs. This is not a bad thing since I’ve learned so much this way, however, I miss reading for pure pleasure. Plus, I want to encourage Baby E to have a love of books. I’ve already reintroduced myself to library hold request system and Baby E got some new board books for Christmas. I think we’re off to a good start on this item.
- Experiment with new hairstyles – When it comes to beauty and fashion I’m mostly low maintenance. However, I am intrigued by the funky loc hairstyles I come across online. I think it’s time I try something new.
- Learn more about photography – I can’t afford a shiny, new DSLR camera but I have a neat point and click camera with manual controls. It’s well past time I learned how to use those controls. In order to brush up on my skills, I decided to participate in Project 365. Project 365 is a challenge to take a picture a day for 365 days. Check out my pics here.
I’m giving myself permission to add to or delete from this list throughout the year. However, I’m hopeful that the deletions will be few to nonexistent.
What’s on your wish list?
Last New Year’s Eve, I was convinced that 2010 was going to be a stellar year for me both professionally and personally. I made rather realistic (at the time) plans for the year, but you know what they say about best laid plans. So, I’m really tempted to call 2010 the worst year of my life thus far. However, if I were to succumb to that temptation, I would be neglecting to honor the good that happened despite the pitfalls. So, in no particular order, here’s what I’m grateful for from 2010.
- Although unintentional, I got to stay home with my son
- My son is healthy and thriving
- Breastfeeding into toddlerhood
- Unemployment benefits
- Food, shelter and clothing
- Spending time with family
- Good friends
- The writings of the various bloggers I’ve been following
- The women who have shared their breastfeeding stories with me
- Patience, the process of forgiveness, and second chances
- Every single dessert I’ve eaten this year
- The Universe