A review of headlines does not actually capture the day . . .
Black conservatives celebrated MLK Day with Glenn Beck (here), who previously compared himself to King, here. Beck wanted to hold a march on the same day as the “I Have a Dream” speech for conservatives. (By the way, waiting for the movie Avatar to start yesterday, I saw an advert for a film of O’Reilly and Beck to be shown in theaters around the country. Now that would be an interesting group).
Al Qaeda appears to be celebrating with a new round of terror in Kabul, here. The offensive could be an effort at an Afghan version of the Tet Offensive. Of course, MLK Day has never been officially recognized on the organization’s calendar which is already crowded with such holidays as Kill the Infidel Day and Stone the Sinful Woman Day.
Then there is the op-ed appearing in the Jerusalem Post by Rabbi Marc Schneier who writes the following in a Martin Luther King Day column:
While his messages of hope and tolerance were clearly designed for a specific time and place, they are in many ways universal. In fact, there is little doubt that he would have taken great pride and satisfaction in looking upon Israeli society as an exemplar of what is possible when people learn to live among each other in peace and harmony.
The column ran the same day that Amnesty International released a report accusing Israel of withholding food, medical supplies and other items as “collective punishment” against Gaza, here, BBC is reporting that Israel has again cut off water, here. Maybe not the best timing.
Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire is publicly telling people ‘Let’s all move on.” However, that inspirational note is about ending questions about his steroid use as a major league player.
Can someone suggest a good story or headline that seems to capture the spirit of MLK?