• Jim Coppoc

Remembering King, and Those who Opposed Him

In less than two hours, we will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as we should.

But in our celebration, let us not forget those who opposed him in his time, and those who still oppose him now. Let us not forget J. Edgar Hoover, who spied on Dr. King just like Trump's flunkies spy on Yovanovitch and others today.

Let us not forget Nixon, who opposed MLK just like Trump opposes anyone who challenges him now.

Let us not forget southern segregationists like Bull Connor and Jim Clark, who fanned the flames of hatred and prejudice just like the MAGA movement today, or Lyndon Johnson, too cowardly to stand up to his own party and lust for war to do what he knew was right.

MLK was scorned, laughed at, and even hated in his time, just like any BLM activist today. And he was murdered, like young black men at the hands of both police and poverty every day since.

MAGA hats and Blue Lives flags are every bit as visible and every bit as sinister today as Klan hoods and burning crosses were in the 50s and 60s. And the same confederate flag sits on my congressman's desk now that lay on George Wallace's campaign buttons more than half a century ago.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. The work is not done. This holiday is not a day to celebrate. It is a solemn remembrance of everything that came before, and a reminder of all that is left to do. It's time to go to the mountain again.