Wednesday, October 15, 2008

McClatchy reporter: "I'm so tired of white people quoting Dr. King"

Writing on her "That's Wassup!" blog, a reporter at McClatchy's Charlotte Observer says she is "tired of white people quoting Dr. King." Here are excerpts from Tonya Jameson's blog on October 15:

I'm watching "Larry King Live," and TV personality Ben Stein just quoted Martin Luther King Jr.’s "I Have A Dream" speech to talk about John McCain's character. I am so tired of hearing white people quote King.
Apparently what annoys Jameson is hearing people use King's "content of their character, not the color of their skin" quote when they criticize voting for a candidate based on skin color.
Ever since Barack Obama gained support among African Americans, I hear some white people quoting King. Many say Barack embodies what King spoke about on that hot August day. Others use King's words to complain that some blacks are voting for Obama because he's black. How ironic: to use King's words to defend their bigotry.
Voting for or against a candidate based on skin color seems un-American to me. Most American want a day when character is valued more than skin color. And what's this about "defend their bigotry"? Who exactly is the bigot? Ben Stein? White people who have a reasonable interpretation of Dr. King's most famous quote? Good grief.
It must be reassuring to Charlotte Observer subscribers to realize an Observer reporter holds racially toxic views.
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