February 09, 2006
Funerals Are For Loving Remembrance, Not Spewing Vitriol
Lee P. Butler
It was a mild winter day in suburban Lithonia, Georgia, where thousands, including four United States Presidents, had gathered
to attend the funeral of Coretta Scott King who fought during her life for equal rights.
The unfortunate irony of
what was supposed to be a special day of spiritual remembrance for the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is that hate-mongers
would take podiums outside and inside the New Birth Missionary Church and spew hate-filled vitriol instead of expressing the
love and compassion Mrs. King‘s legacy should have invoked.
Prior to the funeral services inside the church,
two of today’s leading hate-mongers, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, stood before the cameras and openly attacked President
Bush as they railed against his attending the services.
Amazingly, several race-baiters had chastised the President
for not attending, but simply speaking, at the funeral services for Rosa Parks weeks earlier. Yet, these two see an opportunity
for possible television time by jumping the President for altering his schedule to attend the funeral and apparently never
notice the hypocrisy in their statements.
On a positive note, that wasn’t the sentiment of other African-American
leaders. "President Bush was where he should have been," said Bruce S. Gordon, the new president of the NAACP. "Coretta Scott
King is a very important figure in black American history and American history. I thought it was appropriate for the president
to be there to honor her."
During the ceremony, President Bush spoke warm words of inspiration and admiration. “Her
journey was long and only briefly with a hand to hold, but now she leans on everlasting arms. In all her years, Coretta Scott
King proved that a person of conviction and strength could also be a beautiful soul,” President Bush said.
knew Mrs. King in all the seasons of her life and there was grace and beauty in every season,” President Bush added,
praising the fallen leader. “As a great movement of history took shape, her dignity was a daily rebuke to the pettiness
and cruelty of segregation.”
Those are wonderful statements attributed to a respected American leader in the
African-American community and was completely contrary to what others said when they decided to turn what should have been
a day of mourning the loss of a beloved woman of inspiration through spiritually uplifting words describing her life and remembering
her fondly, into a Bush-bashing event.
Easily, one of the worst presidents America has had to endure was the Nobel
Prize winning Jimmy Carter who hasn’t met a Communist leader he didn’t embrace, went on a rant about ‘domestic
spying’ that involved the King family.
“It was difficult for them then personally with the civil liberties
of both husband and wife violated as they became the target of secret government wiretaps,” Carter stuttered.
the fact that it was the Kennedy family who were and still are members of the ancient peanut farmer’s Democrat Party
who infringed the civil right’s of the King family; specifically Martin Luther King, Jr., but those activities actually
did take place domestically and for no other reason but harassment.
There is no correlation between the events to which
Carter referred where the Kennedy’s felt threatened by an African-American who was espousing equal rights for everyone
and the current National Security Agency program that is directed towards international calls concerning possible terrorist
activity in the wake of a devastating attack on American soil.
Except in the demented minds of people who think like
And let’s not forget, this was not a political event were irrational theory such as that would
be appropriate. This was a ceremony that was supposed to be a celebration of the life of Coretta Scott King, not an attack
You wouldn’t have known that from the comments of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
co-founder Reverend Joseph Lowery. “We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. But Coretta knew
and we knew that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance, poverty abounds, for
war, billions more, but no more for the poor.”
What exactly does the lack of stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction
being found in Iraq have to do with the remembrance of the life achievements and the legacy of Coretta Scott King?
course his line, ‘for war, billions more, but no more for the poor’ makes absolutely no since. The overall federal
budget dedicates 67% of total tax collected expenditures to nothing but services that are directed specifically at the poor.
Plus, the largest expenditure that comprises over half the total expenses of budget’s in almost every state
in the union goes to human services that are utilized by the poor.
What’s sad is none of that matters in this
case and should never have been part of the ceremony. Those mourning the death of Coretta Scott King should have been allowed
to remind everyone of the great accomplishment’s she had achieved. They should have invoked the memory of her legacy
and championed the causes she held dear.
The day was supposed to be about the woman and her life.
have told the hate-mongers that funerals are for loving remembrance, not spewing vitriol.