Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alveda King and Republican Affirmative Action

I'm going to Glenn Beck's gigantic rally at the National Mall on Saturday. If you think it's in bad taste for him to have the rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and to speak from the Lincoln Memorial as King did, don't worry, because you're wrong.

Alveda King, niece of MLK, Jr., is one of the scheduled speakers at this event, completely owning anybody who thinks Glenn Beck is showing tremendous disrespect for Dr. King by co-opting the setting and imagery associated with King's legendary speech in a disgusting effort to associate himself with King, and the Tea Party movement with the civil rights movement, in people's minds.

Alveda King with Mike Huckabee in 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert.)

Alveda King is one of the few people who benefit from both major forms of Republican affirmative action:
1. The openly endorsed affirmative action for the relatives of rich and important people that gets people like George W. Bush into Ivy League schools and 2. The hypocritical affirmative action for blacks in the Republican Party, due to severe underrepresentation, that gets people like Michael Steele prominent positions. This kind of affirmative action is not acknowledged because it's exactly the kind of affirmative action Republicans officially oppose. This is also one of the only situations in the United States where Jews actually benefit from this type of affirmative action as well.

Though King would have almost definitely been an opponent of the Tea Party and disagreed with almost all of their official and unstated planks, Beck believes you can't ignore that one of the many members of King's extended family is willing to work on behalf of the Tea Party and the GOP for a shitload of money.

So really this rally isn't that bad. Definitely no worse than pretending to know what the founding fathers would think about NAFTA and net neutrality.