Monday, January 19, 2009

M.L. King and Service

Today is Martin Luther King Day and it has become a national day of service.  I'm not against service but I find turning today into a day of service neutralizes the message of Rev. King.  King spoke on many things but his life's focus was not on community service or acts of charity.

Instead King questioned the foundations of America's economic systems and called for a broader distribution of wealth.  King spoke out against Vietnam and called the US government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world."

It's not that I'm against painting over graffiti or cleaning up an inner city park but I think we would do well to spend King's birthday considering his words.

A good article about King's radicalism can be found here

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