Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Anchorage, Alaska Now Officially Certified As "Politically Correct"; Mark Begich Names New Street After Civil Rights Icon Martin Luther King
While the August 26th Alaska Primary Election and the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain's running mate have overwhelmingly dominated political news coverage in Alaska during the past week, other events of significance have occurred. But although these events were set aside, they were not forgotten.
And now is the time to address one of those events. On August 29th, 2008, in an editorial column, the Anchorage Daily News discussed the decision by Mayor Mark Begich to formalize Anchorage's status as a "politically correct" city by joining the over 730 other American cities to name a street after civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King. ADN not only celebrates the decision, but proclaims it "overdue".
It could have been worse. At least Mayor Begich did not try to rename an existing street after Dr. King. Instead, he bestowed the designation on a street not yet completely built, which is why he could name it through an executive order without public controversy or a public process. Earlier attempts to rename existing streets after Dr. King, including Ninth Avenue and Elmore Street, were shot down by neighboring residents, since they apparently couldn't understand why we would want to so honor someone like Dr. King who never set foot in Alaska. Since only government buildings have addresses along the proposed new road, there has been no residential objection.
The proposed Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue will run parallel to Tudor Road on the south, connecting Boniface to Elmore through a parklike area in East Anchorage. It's mostly a new road, including parts of East 48th Avenue and Boniface Parkway. When completed, it will be a five-lane arterial carrying traffic from Northeast Anchorage to the south and west parts of the city. Groundbreaking is scheduled on September 11th. Along with the Anchorage School District's King Career Center and the King monument in the Delaney Park Strip, the road is the third local tribute to the man who is marketed by the establishment as being America's civil rights icon.
Reverend Alonzo Patterson of Shiloh Baptist Church, a self-appointed local spokesman for the black community, is pleased with the outcome. "It's about time," he said. "It's an overdue promise on the part of the community."
Commnetary: If Mark Begich was so determined to memorialize America's civil rights struggle in Alaska, why couldn't he have reached out to Elizabeth Peratrovich instead? Peratrovich actually waged the struggle within the state, and is far more relevant to Alaska than an over-rated, over-marketed icon from the Lower 48 who never set foot in the state.
The canonization of Dr. King in the United States is remarkably similar to the canonization of Josef Stalin which took place in the old Soviet Union after his accession to power there. And the connection between the two figures isn't just anecdotal or coincidental. According to the Martinlutherking.org website, Dr. King had strong Communist connections, although he himself never became a card-carrying Communist. In addition, it is widely known that Dr. King plagiarized large portions of his PhD thesis, and that he abused women. The fact that the Martinlutherking.org website is operated by Stormfront should be irrelevant to this discussion; the same facts are also brought out by respected paleoconservative analyst Joel Skousen, who has no known ties with the white nationalist community.
No one questions the fact that Dr. Martin Luther King was an uncommon man who took upon himself an uncommon mission. And Dr. King did risk health, limb, and even life for the cause of civil rights. He was repeatedly beaten and jailed; his "Letters From A Birmingham Jail" is accorded a status which barely falls short of the canonization conferred upon the Bible and other scriptural resources. However, often lost in the canonization and glorification of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the fact that he was very much a human being. And, as such, he was just as subject to the weaknesses and imperfections of the fleshly tabernacle as the rest of us. While he is worthy of respect, naming streets in 730 different American cities goes beyond respect - it is nothing more than hysterical King-worship, much like the Palin-worship exhibited by many Alaskans at this point in time. Dr. King does not warrant such extreme adulation.