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Monday, January 17, 2005


Powerline has several moving tributes to Martin Luther King (see here and here).

I think we as conservatives tend to overlook the man's accomplishments because, frankly, he could be pretty damned socialist.

But as Charles Krauthammer has pointed, he is also a man who did something amazing that we all should be thankful for. Post WWII, we went from a society where Blacks were considered (and treated) by many to be less than human, to the one we have today -- an enormous social shift -- with extremely little violence. It is hard to find previous examples where that much needed change occured without a civil war. And it was a close run thing. Many, like Malcolm X, did preach violent revolution. But King offered better counsel and we should all be thankful his voice was the one listened to. This man deserves to be honored.