Monday, January 21, 2008

Saint nicked

Am I the only one uncomfortable with the light of perfection and sanctity that has been cast on Martin Luther King, Jr. in the years since his death? That we seem to have forgotten - or chosen to ignore - that he was a human being with actual flaws? And in doing so, are we doing his memory a disservice, considering he spent his life espousing the views of who he believed was history's only perfect man?

Of course, many will view these simple questions as an act of racism - and that proves my point, I think.

1 comment:

Harvey said...

You should read James Ellroy's "Underworld U.S.A." trilogy.

Only the first two parts ("American Tabloid" and "The Cold Six Thousand") are currently available, and MLK only appears in "Cold," but let's just say Ellroy would be sympathetic to your post. Of course, he takes the steak knives to pretty much everybody -- Hoffa, Kennedy, Hoover, Hughes, et al....