Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s the federal holiday set aside to honor the man who did so much to end systemic racism for our country. He was killed making this country better for children of all color.
You know what he didn’t do? Kneel or show disrespect during the National Anthem.
The New Yorker magazine has a ginned up cover showing King doing just that. It shows King kneeling locking arms with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The image indicates it’s on the sideline of an NFL game during the National Anthem.
If you want to exercise your First Amendment right and take a stand (or a knee) against perceived racial injustice, I will back you up one hundred percent. Just don’t do it when hundreds and thousands of our fellow Americans are standing to honor our flag and our anthem. When we stand for the National Anthem one of the people we are honoring is one of our greatest Americans, Martin Luther King Jr.
Seeing this cover of The New Yorker magazine makes me think a little less of Martin Luther King Jr. even though I know it never happened. That’s the power of propaganda. King deserves better. He was a great American. He doesn’t deserve to have his reputation misused like The New Yorker did.
Shame on them.