Monday, January 16, 2006
Reflections on MLK Day
I hope everyone with "real" jobs enjoyed their long weekend. The douchebags at our corporate office made us work on MLK day; they aren't racists, just cheap-ass pieces of human filth. I wish annoying but benign cysts on the lot of them. Damn, I'm getting soft in my old age. Just a few years ago I would have prayed for them all to die slow, painful deaths. I'm losing my edge, man.

Today we celebrated the life of a man who knew he was going to die if he did the right thing, and then did it anyway. That's always society's reward for someone who tries to make things just a little better: A bullet to the head. Then we "reward" Dr. King posthumously by giving him a "three day weekend" holiday so car dealerships can have their first post-New Year's sale. "I had a dream that we would sell this Kia for $8,995."

I think the most cynical move ever, which occurs in every medium-to-large sized city in the United States, is the renaming of a run-down street in Martin Luther King's honor. They always choose a segregated, crime-ridden, drug-infested slice of abject poverty and rename a street, as if to suggest "This is so much easier than trying to make the slightest effort at confronting the root causes of poverty." I know larger cities all have thriving multi-racial, multi-cultural neighborhoods. That sort of unforced diversity was MLK's dream, so name a street in one of those areas after him. His dream didn't have anything to do with trying to solve real problems with hollow gestures.


14 Comments:

Blogger Shannon said...

I work a few blocks east of MLK...and I learned that my org didn't invite us to their MLK day celebration. Interesting.

Blogger Melliferous Pants said...

I don't have a "real" job either. Last year I made a joke about our company not supporting civil rights but being all over the wealthy white guy's holiday (president's day). I'm surprised I still have a job.

Blogger katarina said...

I had to work too.
Chris Rock does a bit on MLK Streets. It's really funny.

Blogger Rachel said...

Pretty sure we don't have a MLK drive or street anywhere in this little burg.

There were some nice celebrations of the man and his life taking place across the country, just not in my neck of the woods.

Great post hon!

Blogger Ćœbermilf said...

I apologize. Your post inspired me too much. It's a blog post now.

Blogger Evil Petting Zoo said...

Seattle and Tacoma are no different in having crime infested MLK streets. I always thought that was interesting too.

I was working too because it seems that people still get sick on holidays. Fuckin' sick people.

Blogger Tumbleweed said...

Does this mean your balck or just passionate about rights?
I don't get MLK day or Presidents Day off and I work for City Government, go figure.

Blogger The real me said...

I almost didn't recognize the writing for a moment... you actually sounded like you care!

Blogger yournamehere said...

shannon,
do I smell a conspiracy?

pants,
you still have a job because they're spying on you.

kat,
I've heard that. It's great.

rachel,
I'm all for tributes, but the holiday seems more for a long weekend.

ubie,
don't apologize. You only inspire me to keep blogging.

evil,
sick people blow.

tumbleweed,
no, I'm as white as it gets. What fucked up city do you work for?

real,
that was a guest post.

Blogger Brookelina said...

A very fitting tribute from Todd.

Blogger sysm said...

MLK Drives used to not suck. But, in a funny way, the Civil Rights movement led to a decline in the health of historically African American neighborhoods.

Essentially, if you had money, you could get the hell out. You could live wherever you wanted to, instead of a segregated conclave.

So the middle class left. The upper class already had a pass. Who was left? The poor.

Unfortunately, when you're poor, and you live in an area that's mostly poverty-stricken, you don't have quite the opportunity to move up.

In Chicago, they've been dismantling the big high-rise low income housing projects. They're moving people to locations with a broader mix of racial and income classes. It's way too early to tell if this kind of thing will reap any real benefits, but this is definitely a move in the right direction.

So, let's hope that all of the MLK Drives become ghost towns. That we can reduce poverty, increase opportunity, and then turn those places back into normal parts of the community.

Blogger yournamehere said...

brooke,
I'm also sure MLK didn't dream about being mentioned in some random idiot's foul-mouthed blog.

sysm,
thank you for your well thought out comments.

Blogger Jo said...

Is this fixing to become one of them-there intellectual sites? You didn't use "cunt" ONCE in that post. And your writing provoked thoughtful and inciteful comments from people. Not cool, Todd.

Blogger sandegaye said...

Excellent posting! You not only have the ability to make me laugh.. but even greater, the opportunity to contemplate.
Love your show.

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