The brilliant Colion Noir discusses the progress we’ve made in race relations and civil rights since the passing of Reverend King, Jr. and why he believes that Reverend King would still be a full-throated supporter of the right to bear arms.
Colion’s great analysis notwithstanding, I often get asked why I as a conservative have so much love for the Reverend King – who was not an economic conservative later in life. My response? Whatever his faults – and he did have faults, both political and personal – Reverend King saw injustice and he stood valiantly against it. The Civil Rights movement is a beautiful picture of change, and those who partook in non-violent resistance were justified in their stand against the majority and against the government. While Reverend King may have been wrong about communism, that does not mean all of the things he fought for were wrong.
Simply read some of his speeches/letters:
These are powerful pieces of humanity – they should resonate with all people.
So, while there is reason to for the left to snicker at us for embracing the heritage and memory of Dr. King, Jr – we should remind them that much of what he said and did resonates in the hearts of free men. Much of what he Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. said fits neatly within our conservative philosophical framework. We believe these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
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