- First, let me say that this is not one of those hate posts. Secondly, I want to assure anyone reading this that I am indeed an intelligent person and that I do not intentionally set about to incite or induce hatred. Martin Luther King Day to me is a TRUE conundrum of knowledge, this year, in the year of Obama especially. I do see the significance of what the man did in terms of pressing the issues of racial equality and human rights. I do believe that he was a major catalyst in solvency of a national, and some would say international, movement. These things I understand. What I do NOT understand is how we as a nation and as people with high levels of real common sense seem to somehow place this man on such a pedestal. In my lifetime I have seen this national holiday grow from being a day of respect and honor into a national spectacle that seems to rival nothing short of Christmas in its commercialization and hype.
It shocks and surprises me that we, who consider ourselves intelligent, have let this evolve into something that it should not be. What would happen if we all put as much pomp, sensationalism, and over commercialization into Thomas Edison day? That man was largely responsible for the age we live in with regards to advancing humanity from a literal dark age. What if we took the day off work and decided we needed a parade for this? I could go on and on citing major figures in United States history that have all had just as much impact on all of us as MLK but that would not help with my point.
I am sure this post if viewed by enough people could be construed as hateful but I assure you it is not. I mean no ill will towards anyone. I just feel like we have really gone overboard with this thing. While we are idolizing, or deifying him, lets just say he walked on water and came back from the dead too.