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The first assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was a national tragedy, but his assassin succeeded only in killing the man. The idea King lived and ultimately died for, most beautifully captured in his famous wish, his dream that his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character,” survived him. Ideas are not killed by bullets.
Ideas are killed by other ideas.
The second assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. is being conducted today by the people who pretend to understand and share his dream. They’re public intellectuals, race-baiting hacks, cynical hustlers and profiteers, idealistic fools, and people deceived into believing that they will always be victims without freedom or agency. They’re not killing the man but rather something the man valued more than his own life. As he said in his final speech, “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.”
Today, figuratively speaking, the heirs of Rosa Parks are demanding reserved black-only seating on the public buses of Montgomery.
Small, mean, vicious people, those hacks and faux intellectuals and agitators, are busily destroying the life’s work of a man larger in death than they ever will be in life. Their ideas have more in common with those of the bigot who murdered King than they have with King’s own — are in fact the antithesis of the message King brought.Published in