4.04.2008

They Could Not Take Your Pride


Irish rockers U2 got a lot of flack back when they released "Pride (In the Name of Love)" for stating "early morning, April 4th, shot rang out in the Memphis sky..."
Dr. King was killed in the late afternoon.
But a gaffe by some earnest young rockers was just that- the revelation of an ongoing interest whilst committing a mistake.

But how do you defend Clinton and McCain for their repulsive and seemingly disingenuous speeches in the vicinity of the Lorraine Motel?

Obama made the right move by taking his MLK message to Indiana.

The image above states "It's Black Nation Time." I took this photo standing in the parking lot of the Lorraine Motel, back in 1999. It was late at night and very quiet. I am emotionally attached to the memory of taking this image and to the freedom I felt, for a fleeting moment, standing in that crappy humid summer weather.
I keep it in my kitchen to remind me how far we have to go in this country. It has been interesting over the years how many house guests have found this simple affirmation disturbing and incendiary.

Thanks Obama for not cheapening the man with some meaningless blather from where we lost MLK.

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