Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Cheap, Tawdry Politics? Or Just Business As Usual for Democrats?
The classless politicizing of Coretta Scott King’s funeral by Democrats and black preachers (Bill and Hillary Clinton did not indulge in the tawdry behavior) is another low in Democrat behavior. My initial reaction was of indignation at the insensitive crap offered up by Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton and a few black preachers whose names didn’t stick with me.
Then I started to think about the reaction of those attending.
They were all just fine with the political rhetoric that I thought was degrading to the memory of Mrs. King, whom I regard as an American hero whose funeral ought to be a dignified affair recognizing her contributions to the great strides her race has made over the last four decades.
So I have revised my evaluation. If black Americans—who are after all more tied to Mrs. King than I, a white guy, am—then I’ll withhold my indignation.
So that takes us to part two, the efforts to exacerbate the existing racial divide between black and white Americans.
As I remember Dr. King, his mission was to dissolve the separation between the races. Much of the “sentiments” at his widow’s funeral went in the opposite direction, and instead of uniting the races, instead even of noting the progress that has been made as a result of Dr. and Mrs. King and their works, took the opportunity to tell us how horrible things are for black Americans.
Pitiful. Shameless. Cheap. Tawdry.
But that’s just my opinion.