"I Have a Dream… About a Fighter Plane With an Electrical Cord"

2007
Jan
15

I really don’t know how to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. Day*, being a white male who at least once in my working life (that I was aware of) was picked for a job over an at-least-equally-and-possibly-better qualified African American guy (we were both working temporary at adjacent desks – he impressed the hell out of me, but apparently not the management). Anyway, at risk of sounding flippant, all I have to offer is a partial list of Kings that MLKJr. is superior to…

  • Burger King
  • Papaya King
  • King of the Road
  • King of the Hill
  • The King of Queens
  • The Lion King
  • Larry King
  • Larry L. King
  • Stephen King
  • King Vidor
  • KING-TV in Seattle
  • Pat’s King of Steaks in Philadelphia
  • Bedspread King Al Greenwood in Long Beach
  • King of Big Screen Paul’s TV in La Habra
  • B.B. King
  • Ben E. King
  • Carole King
  • Nat “King” Cole
  • Old King Cole
  • King Kong
  • King Arthur
  • King Lear
  • King Kamehameha
  • King Tutankhamen
  • King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan
  • King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand (but don’t you love the name?)
  • King Henry VIII
  • Kings Henry I through VII
  • The Sacramento Kings
  • The Los Angeles Kings
  • King Features Syndicate
  • King of Prussia, PA
  • Don King
  • Nosmo King
  • And every celebrity who ever claimed to be the “King” of their field

I guess the reason I went through this silly exercise was to deal with the irony that the greatest civil rights leader of an era had a family name that symbolized anything but human rights. But it’s good to live in an era and a place where the most bothersome Kings are the ones playing hockey.
*With all due respect, I don’t think calling it a “Birthday” while making it a Monday Holiday is very respectful. Let’s just call it his day.

3 Comments (so far) about

"I Have a Dream… About a Fighter Plane With an Electrical Cord"

  1. M.B. Says:

    Whatever you call it, it couldn’t be more potentially offensive than what my daughter’s boyfriend calls it: Black Monday. (He says that Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is too long a name…)
    It should be noted that while I may have appeared to be chuckling when I heard this phrase uttered, I am not endorsing the use of this term for the holiday. (Although – it does roll off the tongue better than Martin Luther King, Jr. Day…)

  2. M.B. Says:

    Well, actually, there are some terms that could be quite a bit more offensive than that but I’m not going to go there.
    I really think we ought to call it Civil Rights day and be more inclusive – but that’s just me…

  3. wendell Says:

    I lean toward renaming it “Civil Rights Day” myself, but I suspect the debate over the idea would not be very civil. 🙁

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