"Don’t let them MLK him" was not a slight at MLK. It was to say, do not let them reduce Mandela’s plight with racism to a kumbahyah song as has been done with MLK.
Modern stories will have you believe MLK thought holding hands with white people would solve the racism issue; and that he, in comparison to Malcom X, was the better negro, the more civilized with a more palatable doctrine. They will have you believe he did not vehemently protest against the racist institutions here and abroad. Not only is that respectability politics, it’s that irritating good negro/bad negro dichotomy (but you’re not like other Black people) that I hate so much. It is also a grossly reductive narrative of their lives.
This isn’t just about racism, but giving people their due accolades. These men were PASSIONATE about change and when someone is passionate about a goal, it is not sought after with weak whimpering. It is not begged for, it is not given a soliloquy and courted, it is DEMANDED! It is TAKEN. Don’t confuse a less violent approach as passivity. MLK was NOT passive. Mandela was NOT passive; he wasn’t on the US terrorist list for nothing.
Today they will mourn him as if they never hated him, and with that will come a whole lot of flowery posts about peace, just like MLK day -nothing about racism, nothing about injustice, nothing about our corrupt goverment, just peace. When you’ve spent your whole life fighting of course you want to talk about peace, but can we talk about why we need(ed) to fight in the first place?
Take pride in Black history, these are the people that insisted you were human first!
If you’re not pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, or gender sensitive, you’re not allowed to express your opinion or your thoughts on tumblr without people attacking you. The people who claim to be open minded are actually incredibly closed minded.
Oh you’re allowed to have an opinion. But when that opinion seeks to erase me and my experiences or strip away my basic human rights or treat me as ‘less than’ because of who I am than I am going to call them out on it and defend my existence.
It’s not ‘attacking’ people for their opinions. It’s calling out their bigotry and pointing out that we’re human beings who’s rights are more important than a personal opinion on something.
These “free speech” people like to assert that their opinions are just words, and refuse to accept responsibility for the actions that follow those words. Even if you accept what they say at face value, words certainly have the ability to hurt. A lump of iron ore is just jump, but smelted and forged it can turn into a knife; it would facetious to tell a stabbing victim that “it’s just a lump of mineral!, just as it would be to tell the victims of abuse and hate crimes that “it’s just words!”.