Co-opting the Civil Rights Movement for Monetary Gain

In Tea Party, Unions on March 25, 2011 at 9:56 am

It sort of irritates me when bloggers apologize for not posting. Either write or don’t, but don’t write about not writing ’cause that’s writing and now you sound goofy for saying that you’re not writing when, obviously, you are. So… I won’t do any of that but I will say that helping to start a Tea Party group, an activity that I am currently engaged in, is… time-consuming.

So, in lieu of my usually detailed and insightful fare, I offer this morsel (after the jump) from the Washington State Labor Council as a fresh target for your chagrin and mockery:

MONDAY, APRIL 4 — 5:30 – 7 p.m. at MLK Memorial Park in Seattle — The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at 6:01 p.m. in Memphis, Tenn., where he was standing with sanitation workers demanding their dream of a better life. Today, the right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a middle-class life are under attack as never before. Join in this National Call to Action on April 4 and stand with other civil and human rights activists, union members and supporters, Latinos, Asians and immigrants, religious supporters, environmental, student and women’s groups against a political agenda that is attacking working families, their human rights and their dignity. This event, sponsored by the Communications Workers of America, will be at 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Seattle.

That’s right, the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior struggled and died not in the cause of racial equality, but for the right of public employees to collectively bargain for fat pensions and benefit packages. You had to sit in the back of the bus? That’s nothing! They want to make us contribute to our own retirement!

  1. “…where he was standing with sanitation workers demanding their dream of a better life.”

    Wait, what?

    Aside from co-opting MLK’s vision into a union message, which is really low, what’s this about demanding their dream of a better life? Demanding from whom? Who owes sanitation workers a better life? Would that not be THEMSELVES? If they dream of a better life, go to night school and when you’re done, find a better $#@%ing job.

    I’ve got a great idea – how about tax payers supporting these people all go down to the sanitation departments, and protest and strike until they do a better job collecting our garbage. I have a dream that my garbage gets collected on time.

    See? Co-opting King’s dream is pretty disgusting, no matter how or why you do it.

  2. I don’t have a comment about this post. So I’ve got nothing to write, really. I’m just writing to tell you that because the idea that this might irritate you amuses me.

    /hits post button and flees quickly/

  3. Co-opting the Civil Rights Movement for Monetary Gain « Annoy the Left…

    Here at World Spinner we are debating the same thing……

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