The MLK Party
The Gantt Report
Did everybody enjoy their chicken and beer on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday?
The life and times of one of America’s greatest Black civil rights leaders has been reduced to parties, picnics and parades.
The struggle continues! You know it and I know it. That’s why clowns masquerading as modern-day freedom fighters love to sing “We Shall Overcome” every year at about this time.
If Negro clowns are not performing at MLK celebrations, your community’s closet klansmen or devious politicians go to the stage, take the microphone and tell you how much they loved Martin Luther King.
Hmmm? King loved Malcolm X but the white folk featured at MLK events didn’t love Malcolm X. King loved Nat Turner, Denmark Vessey and Marcus Garvey but there will be no celebrations to recognize other freedom fighters.
You can’t even show me a photo, or a drawing, of Denmark Vesey because the people you’re locking arms with and swaying from side to side at the MLK birthday program don’t even want you to see how Vesey looked!
Anyway, The Gantt Report honors and remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his “real” birth date and not the day on which the devil tells you his birth should be celebrated.
It’s 2013 and African-Americans still can’t decide and determine which Black leaders they will honor, we can’t decide which day we will honor them, we don’t decide who we want on a commemoration program and we can’t decide if we want to sing “Stand Up for your Rights” or the “Overcome” song.
Not only is Martin mad, he is probably turning over in his grave!
The people who King is maddest about are Black youth. Most if not all liberation and moral struggles involve youthful participants. Jesus was “young”, Stokely was young, Martin was young, Malcolm was young, Angela and Rosa were young, Mandela was young when he started fighting and protesting and now no one plans to attend MLK rallies but senior citizens because Black youth would prefer to hear Little Wayne or Nicki Manaj at a King event than the present day Toms and Jemimas sitting next to the modern-day overseers!
Well, I used to go to the Martin Luther King programs and celebrations.
I respected Dr. King. My grandmother lived two doors up from his family house on Atlanta’s Auburn Avenue and I attended Grady High School with his daughter Yolanda King.
However, most of the times I went to King celebrations was to report on the events as a journalist.
Now there is nothing there to cover. The recent MLK events don’t do anything to inspire and motivate Black youth and adults, they don’t raise money to help the poor and disadvantaged and they don’t educate people who attend, about the economics of a civil rights struggle in a capitalist society.
And, in the eyes of some, MLK events are not even Black any more. It is just a once a year opportunity for white preachers, teachers and politicians to pretend they loved King in the past and pretend to love you now!
Don’t worry Dr. King, you taught us not to be afraid to fight the oppressor and there are many of us that are never scared! The struggle does continue and we know it!