Today was a milestone as I finally broke down and said to myself 'never in my day'. Unlike previous generations who uttered such terms when referencing youth shenanigans, I followed that statement with a slew of profanity.
My descent into oldness started a few days ago when I heard the news of a Martin Luther King party at a Texas college frat house involving people dressing in black stereotypes such as Aunt Jemima, gangsters complete with forty ounces and afro wigs, and girls with padded big booty. The story was kind of a shock to me, but seemed like an isolated incident where some moron got hold of a bad idea and his friends, who are nothing but sheep, decided to play along.
Then the story of similar racially insensitive MLK parties on two other universities came to light and I just had to think what the fuck is happening with today's youth? I don't ask people to respect Martin Luther King as I wouldn't expect them to blindly worship any of our country's founding fathers, but still to dress in racist attire on the man's holiday is truly insane. It's even more sad that not one of the people in attendance decided to stop the festivities and say 'you know maybe dressing up in black face is not a good idea'.
Again I don't think anyone should automatically give worship to someone who has a holiday named after them, although one can learn greatly from the study of Martin Luther King, a man many consider to be one of the greatest Americans who has ever lived.
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
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