The holiday for MARTIN LUTHER KING was long fought by the Republican wingnuts but now that it is well-established even wingnut politicos go through the motions. Everyone knows that it is hypocrisy and not idealism that fuels such escapades.
Case in point: Governor Scott “Union-Killer” Walker of Wisconsin did his bob and weave on the dais of the State’s King Day observance but was given his come-uppance by its guest of honor. Margaret Rozga, widow of civil rights activist James Groppi, accepted the King Day Heritage Award on behalf of her husband and used the opportunity to rebuke Governor Walker.
“As a person who remembers that Martin Luther King was killed while he was working to organize sanitation workers, I know that anyone who works to curtail union rights is not in the tradition of Martin Luther King,” Rozga said.
Walker, who having busted public employee unions in his State, went on to curtail voters’ rights, must have shrunk a bit when Rozga added, “As a person who got her start in the Civil Rights Movement by volunteering to work on Southern Christian Leadership voter registration campaigns in Alabama, I know that those who [propose] any curtailment of voting rights are not in the tradition of Martin Luther King”.
We wish we would have been there, it had to have been as much fun listening to Margaret Rozga as it would have been listening to the children who exclaimed, “The Emperor isn’t wearing any clothes”.