Please Stop.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”

– Dr. King

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If Dr. King were alive today, and he saw this flyer, do you think he would laugh and say “When I said I wanted us to be free this is exactly what I meant. Shake that ass, shake that ass. Great God almighty, shake that ass”

This is really unnecessary. It’s not like people don’t know that next Monday is the national observation of the King holiday. The majority of Americans have been celebrating it as a day of service for the past twenty-eight years.

But did his face really need to be photoshopped in for a reminder?

In my honest opinion, whoever made this flyer could have easily substituted Dr. King’s photo with one of Miley Cyrus, the reigning International Twerk Champion, and people would still come to their party

But it doesn’t just stop there. Here’s my personal favorite.

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Bad Bitch Sundays by the B.O.S.S. N.I.G.G.A’Z. Because nothing says progression like Ciroc, hundred dollar bills and $5 lap dances from a stripper I’m just too sure is either named Coretta or Martina (stage name CoCo Ma). And though this flyer is from 2012 I’m assuming that when she hit the Main Stage to shake her tits that fateful Sunday evening the DJ immediately dropped the I Have A Dream speech while brothas and sistahs in the club showered CoCo Ma with “freedom” and “independence” (aka 5’s and 10’s. Or as she likes to call it, Rent).

 “We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back”

– Dr. King

It’s been forty-five years since Dr. King was assassinated. In a lot of aspects that’s a long time, but still not long enough to disregard a man who fought to secure many of the freedoms that we enjoy today. Honoring his memory should be of the utmost importance when you look at the sad state of the black community today.

We’ve come a long way in the past forty-five years and have seen constant changes in our community. From the empowerment of the Black Panther movement to the deterioration of the family unit during the crack era of the 1980’s, our story continues to amaze those paying close attention.

However, are we paying attention?

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Do we see how flyer’s like this one only solidify that it’s OK for anyone else to make a mockery of our icons because we do it so thoughtlessly. Yet, if this flyer had been created by a white supremacist group we would all be ready to fight, with Al Sharpton leading the brigade.

Why is it always Al Sharpton? Is he the official spokesperson for the Black Community now?

In fact, what is the Black Community now?

There was a time when being black meant you stood for something greater than what everyone else thought you were. We stood tall, walked proud, spoke beauty and continued to prove those who denied us our right to humanity wrong at every chance we got. And not because it was important to be better than them. It was imperative that we be better for us.

Somewhere during the past four decades we’ve gotten the game twisted and have lost sight of the pride we once had as a community. Dr. King was a large part of that pride. And dishonoring his memory by relegating him to a punchline for a party flyer serves as proof that we’re becoming exactly what everyone else thinks we are.

 

UPDATE: SUCCESS!!!!! That nut ass flyer caused the event to be cancelled. That needed to happen people. You don’t Twerk for Freedom in memory of Dr. King.

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