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I made no other attempt to pay respects to MLK today. I feel guilty about it. Stop exacerbating the situation with all your questions and incessant bickering.
I have been mulling over a facebook update I saw this morning, and frankly it’s distracted me from writing an update paying respects to Martin King. That fb friend wrote an update this morning that said,
“Thanks be to God for Martin Luther King, Jr. and his monumental work. I read this today. This South was part of my early years and I can remember the separate water fountains and the signs “For Coloreds Only”. Thank you to MLK and all of the heroes who worked with him for their sacrificial work. We still have a lot of maturing to do.”
The friend then posted this article.
Is God really who we need to thank for MLK? Forget all that other stuff stuff my friend wrote. It was the “thank god” part that I can’t seem to get my head around.
I get it. I really do. People say “Thank god” as a cliché more than anything significant. Tina says it occasionally, and I respond, “Thank who?”
People say it flippantly. They say, “Thank god, I found my keys.” or “Thank god, there’s more Pepsi in the fridge.” Or “Thank god, I didn’t get an STD the last time I had sex with that skanky whore.”
There’s really no meaning behind it at all. There’s no meaning when people say it deep in the Yeshua Fog™. They’re thanking a dude they have never met. Yeah sure, they read about Him(s) in a book, but they don’t know who the hell god is.
Turn it around. Think about it like that argument from Chris Hitchens. Hitch would say, “So god stood with folded arms for eons letting people treat other people as if they weren’t equal. Well, he unfolded his arms and wrote that part … erhm those parts … in the bible in which certain people do not need equal rights. He wrote about how to treat slaves. He wrote about how to discipline them. And then god folded his arms again and stood around for centuries until he invented Martin Luther King, Jr?”
How fucking callous is that?
Thank humanity. Thank human growth and understanding. Thank mind-altering influences from people who set out to pick up sledgehammers and knock down all those
goddamn “coloreds only” drinking fountains. Thank progress.
The only thing that’s clear is that god is NOT the one to thank for Martin Luther King, Jr.
The worst of it is, there are still too many people who’d like to kick god in the balls for ripping out the separate fountains.