Monday, January 15, 2007

MLK Day

Friday afternoon when the boys got off the bus from school:

The Little One: "Mom, do you know about King Junior?"
Me: "Martin Luther King?"
TLO: "Yeah."
Me: "Mmhmm. Why?"
TLO: "Isn't it weird that the guy that killed him had the same first name and last name?"
Me: "Sirhan Sirhan?"
TLO: laughs "Yeah."
Me: "Wait, Sirhan Sirhan didn't kill Martin Luther King...he killed Bobby Kennedy -it was James Earl Gray or something like that that killed Martin Luther King."
TLO: "But my teacher said..."

...Obviously my 6 year old didn't pull Sirhan Sirhan out of thin air --so does this mean the teacher got it wrong? Or was she talking about Robert Kennedy during an MLK discussion...meaning they are having chats about assassinations in Kindergarten? Not that I care...I thought it was great he was interested, but a little strange the conversation went beyond the "He was a great leader" conversation in a class of 5 and 6 year olds.


I was going to do a post about Martin Luther King Jr. (whose name was actually Michael and not Martin according to his birth certificate)...but I read an article a while back that made me re-think last year's post and wonder if Dr. King having his own holiday and conservatives looking to make him into an undercover conservative is just another product of our PC culture (and conditioned minds). Not saying he wasn't great for the Civil Rights Movement and the morale of the people back then -but even Thurgood Marshall says that the public persona of King was a media creation...

Anyway, the article is called The Myths of Martin Luther King and it's definitely worth the read whether you agree with the conclusions (or implications) or not.

"...No other public holiday in the United States honors a single individual. Of all the great leaders in our Nation's history-none of them have their own holiday. All of our great war heroes share Memorial Day. All of our great presidents share President's Day..." (source)

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