MLK quotes

Brace yourself, because the Martin Luther King Jr. quotes are coming from Republicans today. Alabama Republicans, no less – the same ones who have repeatedly blocked efforts to stop splitting Monday’s state holiday between MLK and racist confederate general Robert Lee. 

That’s right. In Alabama, the holiday is split. And while we have no official state holiday solely commemorating a Civil Rights Movement leader – or the Movement itself, for that matter – we do have two days devoted to confederates – Confederate Memorial Day and Jefferson Davis Day – in addition to Lee’s split day. 

There have been dozens of attempts by Black lawmakers – and some by white lawmakers, too – over the years to change this. To do away with at least a couple of the embarrassing confederate holidays. To honor instead some of the world famous civil rights leaders that hail from Alabama. 

The closest we’ve come is Rosa Parks Day, which isn’t a holiday but a state-recognized commemoration day. Because that’s the most we could squeeze past conservatives. 

Nevertheless, the quotes will come. And these people who have leaned so heavily into the Critical Race Theory lie and who have fought to protect monuments to slavery and slavers will pretend that they are suddenly consumed with concerns over inequality and racial justice. 

In truth, though, they care only about one thing: saying whatever will help them get elected. 

On this day, tweeting out MLK quotes plays well. Every other day of the year, though, they do all they can to rip to shreds everything King stood for – from racial equality to social justice to voting rights. 

They take great pride in their destruction. 

It’s understandable, I guess, since at this point it’s all Republicans have. They’ve given up completely on governing. At the national level, the Republican Party didn’t even attempt a legislative agenda this year. At the state level, the Alabama GOP’s agenda was filled with non-issues and vague mentions of real problems. 

And so, to distract you from the fact that they have kept Alabama ranked dead last in every good category and number one in every bad one – that somehow, despite billions in federal dollars, the working class in Alabama hasn’t seen a single penny of assistance from the Republicans who run this place – they instead lean on the one thing they know Alabama voters will fall for. 

Racism. 

That’s why we’ve spent the past year talking about, and banning, a theory that isn’t taught in Alabama classrooms. Because Republicans know that the surest way to rile up conservative voters is to mention that someone might be suggesting that the racism ingrained within America’s various systems – combined with an awful history of outright racism – might have given them some advantages over the years.

That suggestion, of course, is true. And there isn’t an American with a semi-functional brain who doesn’t know it to be true. 

They also know it’s untrue that school kids are being taught CRT. 

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