Martin Luther King

Time to break down yet another American fantasy (along with their glorious revolution that never was, etc etc). The Americans actually have a public holiday for Martin Luther King. Not Wolfowitz. Not Bush. Who literally freed millions of people. Instead, they chose King. Let's have a quick look at some of these icons.

First of all, the struggle for racial equality is something I totally support. If I had been around at that time, I would have been equally outraged at any laws or social bigotry against blacks (or any other race). However, if I were a black myself, and had a personal benefit in getting those changes, then it's not really noble. It's just getting something for yourself. When I rail against the anti-white racism prevalent in the world, or just general human rights that I have been denied (e.g. there was/is some restrictions on porn in Australia), there's nothing particular noble about it. I'm a beneficiary. When the so called "Aboriginal activists" in Australia try yet another scam, there's nothing noble about it, despite even people like Howard "honouring" them in parliament.

What's noble is when you stand up for the rights of others when you don't personally stand to benefit from it. When America gives aid to Indonesia, this is an example of doing something noble. When America liberates Afghanistan and Iraq and gives them aid instead of nuking them off the planet and taking the latter's oil, that is noble. When the whites of America stood up for black rights in America, that is noble. When the white Christians of the UK stopped the slave trade (of non-white non-Christians), that was noble. When Wolfowitz wanted to liberate Arabs, that was noble. These are the people who should be honoured. However, there's one big problem. Almost all of these noble people are white. And we can't go around honouring white people. So let's try to find a decent black to honour.

Certainly not a racist Marxist terrorist like Mandela. Nor Oprah who decided out of all the needy people in the world, she'd fund her own race rather than say Afghans. Let's try Condaleeza Rice. Here we have an undisputably intelligent woman who was involved in the liberations of millions of people! Unfortunately not. She supports racial discrimination (quaintly called "affirmative action"). Sorry, you'll never catch me honouring a racist. The most I'll ever do is temporarily ally with such a person.

There is one big problem in that the decent people don't necessarily get media air time. E.g. we saw a lot of decent people in the Iraqi blogs, but you won't find any of them on TV. It's not really possible to say, honour "thinker" now, is it? Even though she was an integral part of the struggle to protect the innocent people of Iraq by providing some of the required theory/solution. She's probably not black anyway, so let's try again. There is only one black person who got media coverage who comes close. And that's Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She had the courage to face the extremely loud left-wing propaganda machine who accused her of being a race traitor and slave/pawn/etc (as Michelle Malkin also complains of) and actually stand up for white males. Like I say, I'm sure there's others, we just don't get to hear about them (although they were seemingly absent from the Iraqi blogs which was the place for decent people to congregate). However, she's still not perfect. I heard her rail against colonialism to an American audience as if these poor white Americans were somehow responsible for it. And then there's the fact that colonialism, at least British colonialism, was the best thing that ever happened to Africa. However, no-one's perfect. Actually the fact that no-one's perfect is a reason why it is not individuals but institutions that are best honoured. Such as the American government which liberated millions upon millions of people, and protected millions of others (regardless of the failings of individual soldiers).

Anyway, I had a brief look at King on Vietnam and found this. I only read part of it, people like this have nothing to teach me (people like "thinker" do, but not blow-hards like this), and I didn't notice him standing up for the rights of the brown Vietnamese to not have to live under communist slavery, and to insist that the Vietnamese people have as much right to freedom as blacks in America. Instead I saw him whinging that his standard of living was more important than millions of yellow scum in Asia.

There's no-one to hero-worship here. Move along folks. Have a day for that US president who said "we will pay any price, bear any burden, for human freedom". That was a great guy (at least when he was saying and doing that). Share the day with Ms Ali perhaps. And thrown in Churchill too. And Wolfowitz. And "thinker". That would be nice. Oh, and throw in the Iraqi bloggers too. Replace Racist Scumbag Day with World Freedom Day.

Oh yeah, and while I haven't investigated, did I hear right that Mr King copyrighted his speeches so that he could actually run a money-making business? Man, this is your hero?! And did you see in any of his speeches a caution that anti-black racism shouldn't be replaced with anti-white racism, which includes quotas, affirmative action etc? This is the same problem with the bible. What it REALLY needed was an explicit instruction "do not treat this as a dogma, and treating non-Christians as inferior will see the Christian, not the non-Christian, go to Hell".

By the way, this is all documented as part of message 666 already. The particular bit required is this:

I RESPECT INDIVIDUALS who VOLUNTARILY donate to COMPLETE STRANGERS (ie different race, different sex, different religion, different nationality) using their OWN HARD-EARNED MONEY.

Ok, it's not exactly those words. But fighting for the rights of Iraqis is a different race/religion/nationality. It's THAT that is noble. One way is to provide money, but another option is to support military action. Things like that. Do things for complete strangers rather than provide evidence that you are a racist (e.g. Arab supremacist) or a religious bigot (e.g. Muslim supremacist). A good example would be an Afghan Muslim complaining about the "Islamic" bit in their country's name, or an Arab complaining about the reference to "Arab" in their constitution. These people exist, but they are rebels. As "The Big Pharaoh" said, "every society has its rebels". In the Arab-majority countries, it's those rebels who are the good people. In a place like America, it's the institutions and the people who support those institutions (especially soldiers).

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