Martin Luther King Day and St. Patrick’s Day in Birmingham North

If you were fortunate today you would have viewed Amy Goodman’s broadcast of Martin Luther King’s speeches from Birmingham, Alabama up through his speech in Memphis prior to his being assassinated 24 hours later.

Highlighted was his repeating JFK’s observation at his inauguration “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, insure the inevitable violent revolution.” While the nation’s heart will be televised swelling with emotion today on his anniversary and the forthcoming inauguration of President Obama, I find it disheartening that in a city heralded to be a founding center of freedom and justice, Boston, is in some quarters the rebirthing of Birmingham North which “stacked MLK’s followers in jail cells like sardines for speaking truth to power.” Would that there a residual of their courage left. Rather, South Boston’s own “Bull Connor,” or Wacko Hurley, with support of priests and politicians render the word “peace” a dirty word, and provide a comfort center for those who would suppress free speech, Gays and Lesbians, peace activists, and in practice peoples of color unless they are those youths enlisted in JROTC brigades who will be applauded by the million spectators – mostly returning white middle class “patriots” confident it will other such children who will be on the frontlines in war suffering shot and shell.

Preceding the parade tribute to St. Patrick by a people who have forgotten their roots in fighting oppression and occupying forces, there will be a banquet and roasting for well fed, and too many well-drunk, elites, politicians, and priests – consciously and unconsciously aware of the constant glorification of militarism – not one of whom will ask the question “What are we to do to counter the distortion of the minds of our children,” through a City and State endorsement that war is the only antidote to the global conflicts they inherit.

Thereafter, a Congressman who “quietly” acknowledges that the reasons for the Iraq war was “bogus,” will purse his lips and mouth the consultant engendered greeting “Thank you for your service,” to Veterans who have made his enrichment, personally and politically, possible while being denied a voice counter to those who prosper from promoting militarism, and a memorial industry allegedly honoring the young men and women of the community who died for the lies.

Meanwhile, passive compassionistas, and groups essentially now forming a unified organization more appropriately named “Bloviators for Peace,” will hug for relief from impotence, and unwillingness to clean up their own backyard. And, of course, repeat cliches throughout the day that evil flourishes when good men remain silent….or comfortable……or solving the problems of the world…..elsewhere.

tony

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One Response to “Martin Luther King Day and St. Patrick’s Day in Birmingham North”

  1. Cece Says:

    “What are we to do to counter the distortion of the minds of our children,” through a City and State endorsement that war is the only antidote to the global conflicts they inherit.

    This is a profound question to be asked of parent or teacher. The term government can be substituted for city and state. You have formed the basis from which to build a way to teach peace.

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