Martin Luther King

Martin In August
April 04, 2008

  Today is the fortieth anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination in Memphis. Of course, the cadre of Americans (or global citizens) who can still respond to the prompt, "Where were you…?" is shrinking and will soon enough be gone. I count myself among those who have no answer to the question. But as a shared piece of Americana, King's death is a fine point of departure for reflections on race in the nation that he left behind. Unfortunately, human responses to such a foundational myth are doomed to ordinariness.

The Last Hours Of Mlk
April 03, 2008

Tomorrow marks the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King and a lot is certainly being written about it. One of the best and most gripping things I've read on the subject is this timeline of King's final hours from Memphis Magazine. It's filled with the mundane ("12 noon — King and Abernathy enjoy a catfish lunch at the Lorraine Motel's grill") and the magnificent: 10:30 p.m. — King concludes his speech with, "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!" and takes a seat, his eyes wet with tears.

High Hopes
March 12, 2008

Yes We Can” “You and I” “Let’s Put a Woman in Charge” Among the things that happened in early February, when Barack Obama’s campaign for the Democratic nomination seemed suddenly to kick into a higher gear, was the emergence, through YouTube, of a new music video called “Yes We Can,” a mash-up of moments from the speech Obama gave after the New Hampshire primary, set to music by Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas.

Race Man
February 27, 2008

After several weeks of swooning, news reports are finally being filed about the gap between Senator Barack Obama’s promises of a pure, soul-cleansing “new” politics and the calculated, deeply dishonest conduct of his actually-existing campaign.

Happy Martin Luther King Day!
January 18, 2008

In advance, I'd like to wish everyone a happy Martin Luther King Day. Or, as the Ron Paul Political Report would have it, "The X-Rated Flagrant Plagiarist With a Phony Doctorate And World-Class Philanderer Who Beat Up His Paramours While Seducing Underage Girls and Boys And Replaced The Evil of Forced Segregation With The Evil of Forced Integration" Day! Did you know that MLK, along with Rosa Parks, is one of Ron Paul's "heroes?" --James Kirchick

More Selections From Ron Paul's Newsletters
January 14, 2008

The Newsletters: Since at least 1978, Ron Paul has attached his name to a series of newsletters--Ron Paul's Freedom Report, Ron Paul Political Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report, and The Ron Paul Investment Letter--that frequently made outrageous statements. You can see excerpts from the first batch of these newsletters.

Selections From Ron Paul's Newsletters
January 08, 2008

The Newsletters: Since at least 1978, Ron Paul has attached his name to a series of newsletters--Ron Paul’s Freedom Report, Ron Paul Political Report, The Ron Paul Survival Report, and The Ron Paul Investment Letter--that frequently made outrageous statements: Race “A Special Issue on Racial Terrorism” analyzes the Los Angeles riots of 1992: “Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began. ... What if the checks had never arrived?

Angry White Man
January 08, 2008

Kirchick: Ron Paul's bigoted past.

What 'they' Call It
June 29, 2007

by Cass Sunstein In the midst of all the discussion of race-based pupil assignments and affirmative action, I've now received an Op-Ed from someone at the same institution as the person who sent me an Op-Ed on climate change. (Or was that a parody?) I print this one because it seems to me to capture some widespread views in the popular press and perhaps even to overlap, at least a little bit, with the Court's analysis yesterday. (Or is this a parody? What do you think?) "Reverse Discrimination" "They" call it affirmative action.

On Misremembering The Past
November 14, 2006

by Sanford Levinson I suppose one ought to accentuate the positive in George W. Bush's participation in the ceremony marking the memorialization of Martin Luther King in Washington, but there is also truly something indecent in his claiming, even for one second, to pay any respect to Dr. King's legacy. This is most obviously the case with regard to the issue of war.

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