Martin Luther King III on Edwards: “My Dad Would Be Proud”

This was reported over the weekend but I am only now getting to it. Once again we have some evidence that not everyone votes with the media. The smart vote, the smart play, the real, caring position is to vote with your head. Not with the color of your skin and not with your gender. Yes, an African American president would be an amazing and historic event, as would a woman president. But that’s not how we should be voting. Ask yourself a few questions:
Who has a position on the war that makes most sense?
Whose health care plan takes care of the most Americans?
Who really cares for the working class of America and acknowledges that we actually have poor people here in the United States and doesn’t just keep repeating “middle class” in a cheap attempt to avoid admitting that there’s an underclass?
In short, who really gives a damn about those who need the most care? About the veterans who can’t get health care? About the homeless? I know most of you reading this are not poor, are not homeless but there’s a very important message to take way: There but by the grace of god go I. Whether you believe in god or not, this is a lesson to learn. It doesn’t take a whole lot to drop a few tax brackets and end up on the outs.
It’s not a sin to be poor. It’s not wrong to admit that we’ve failed as a nation and that America has let millions of people fall through the cracks. It’s not “bad politics” to say “Our system is broken.” What is wrong? What is evil? What is unforgivable? To not fix it! To fail to do everything possible to help these people who are in need and to lift them up and give them a hand. Now that would be a sin.
Over the weekend, the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s son, Martin Luther King III wrote the following letter of support to John Edwards. I hope you take it to heart and to head and vote for John in a primary near you!
January 20, 2008
The Honorable John R. Edwards
410 Market Street
Suite 400
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Dear Senator Edwards:
It was good meeting with you yesterday and discussing my father’s legacy. On the day when the nation will honor my father, I wanted to follow up with a personal note.
There has been, and will continue to be, a lot of back and forth in the political arena over my father’s legacy. It is a commentary on the breadth and depth of his impact that so many people want to claim his legacy. I am concerned that we do not blur the lines and obscure the truth about what he stood for: speaking up for justice for those who have no voice.
I appreciate that on the major issues of health care, the environment, and the economy, you have framed the issues for what they are – a struggle for justice. And, you have almost single-handedly made poverty an issue in this election.
You know as well as anyone that the 37 million people living in poverty have no voice in our system. They don’t have lobbyists in Washington and they don’t get to go to lunch with members of Congress. Speaking up for them is not politically convenient. But, it is the right thing to do.
I am disturbed by how little attention the topic of economic justice has received during this campaign. I want to challenge all candidates to follow your lead, and speak up loudly and forcefully on the issue of economic justice in America.
From our conversation yesterday, I know this is personal for you. I know you know what it means to come from nothing. I know you know what it means to get the opportunities you need to build a better life. And, I know you know that injustice is alive and well in America, because millions of people will never get the same opportunities you had.
I believe that now, more than ever, we need a leader who wakes up every morning with the knowledge of that injustice in the forefront of their minds, and who knows that when we commit ourselves to a cause as a nation, we can make major strides in our own lifetimes. My father was not driven by an illusory vision of a perfect society. He was driven by the certain knowledge that when people of good faith and strong principles commit to making things better, we can change hearts, we can change minds, and we can change lives.
So, I urge you: keep going. Ignore the pundits, who think this is a horserace, not a fight for justice. My dad was a fighter. As a friend and a believer in my father’s words that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, I say to you: keep going. Keep fighting. My father would be proud.
Martin L. King, III

3 thoughts on “Martin Luther King III on Edwards: “My Dad Would Be Proud””

  1. Well, the press is, by and large, treating it as such. I did a look around and went with the popular opinion. I wasn’t sure myself and am still conflicted but I am going to read it as such.

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