The Restoring Honor rally that took place in Washington D.C. today was, by all accounts, a smashing success. While the “official” head count hovers at around half a million people, some mainstream media outlets are reporting the numbers in the “tens of thousands”.
Wellllllllll, technically that’s not wrong because one can multiply “tens of thousands” enough times to get to half a million, but it is misleading. But then, what else is to be expected? It seems so many in the media these days have a tendency to significantly downplay the numbers for any events that revolve around anything remotely patriotic or, as they like to say, “right wing”.
Perhaps reporting the turnout as “hundreds of thousands” might have been a schoch more appropriate, but hey… maybe I’m just being nitpicky here.
The venom-mill has been churning in regard to this event for weeks now, but it’s been in overdrive today, and Glenn Beck and those who turned out for the rally are being mocked. No real surprise there. Personally, I think anyone who can find anything to mock in the sentiment of restoring honor to our country and its leaders must be one sad sack of a person.
Seriously? There is something to be mocked about restoring honor? One would think that restoring honor to this country and the people we’ve chosen to lead us would be something that we could all agree is a step in the right direction, regardless of where you may fall in the political spectrum, or hell, even wherever you fall on the Glenn Beck spectrum – love him or hate him. Apparently there are those who still live for petty name-calling and high school drama even though their high school days are far behind them. Yeah, that’s a shout-out to all you guys in your underwear clacking away at your keyboards from the basement of your mothers’ homes.
Of course, there are those who are claiming that Beck was attempting to “hijack” the meaning behind this day from 47 years ago – the deliverance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have A Dream” speech. Urban League president Mark Morial claimed that Beck’s plans were to “poke a finger in the eye of the civil rights community.” What an absurd claim, and just one more example of the race card being carelessly whipped out. Actually, the race card is dog-eared, creased, and crunched up.
In other words – overused and severely abused.
Now, perhaps I’m looking at this from the wrong perspective, but after some discourse today with several people on this issue, something was made blatanly clear to me – there are those in the black community who believe that Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrating his legacy is somehow “reserved” strictly for the black community. I am in no way trying to imply that all blacks feel this way, because I know they don’t. For those who do, may I remind you that King dreamed of a color-blind society. Where is the color-blindness in reserving him as a symbol of freedom and hope purely for the black community?
King has long been one of my heroes, and was a hero to many whites during the civil rights era as well. That sentiment carries through right up to today. As far as I’m concerned, the man was a national treasure, and his legacy will remain long after we have all passed into dust.
As I recall, in that famed speech given 47 years ago today, King also spoke of judging men by the content of their character, not their color. I would say that it seems, unfortunately, that many have completely missed the entire point of what Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream was all about.