The Weekend I Wept

29 Aug

As I sit here and think about this weekend’s happening, I cannot help but to feel a little sad.  These past few days have marked some pretty pivotal events in American History; some astounding, others unsettling but all, significant occurrences that we will never be able to forget:

  • I Have a Dream…of Restoring Honor

 On the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech, arguably one of the most divisive right wing talk show hosts Glenn Beck organized what could only be described as a highly controversial assembly known as the “Restoring Honor” rally.  Ironically enough, the gathering was arranged on The Mall in Washington, D.C. and centered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Beck and Tea Party tart Sarah Palin gave impassioned speeches to the thousands of conservatives in attendance.  Of course, Beck claimed that his plans to host the rally on the same date that millions would be honoring and reflecting upon the words of Dr. King was purely coincidental, even though Civil Rights Leaders have openly criticized Beck’s efforts as a blatantly obvious attempt to “hijack The Dream.”

  • Hurricane Katrina Revisited

Five Years after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc in The Gulf and the levees broke in New Orleans, President Obama paid a visit to The Crescent City to “celebrate the resilience of the people of the Gulf and the progress that has been made to rebuild it stronger than before.”  Though accused of a slow and apathetic response to the millions of displaced residence in the region, to date the U.S. government has committed close to $114 billion in relief and recovery efforts for the damage caused by Katrina in 2005.  Unfortunately, when documentaries like “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” expose some of the successes and many of the failures in restoring housing, healthcare, education, the economy and basic law and order to The Big Easy and its surrounding areas,  it is very difficult to applaud the government’s efforts.

  • Michael Jackson

A little more than a year after the world lost pop superstar and quintessential humanitarian Michael Jackson, we mourn even more today on what would have been his 52nd birthday.  Having suffered a heart attack thought to have been brought on by a Demerol overdose, many people have since speculated that the same drive for perfection that brought the world Jackson’s renowned sound could have possibly been the same determination that ultimately lead to his death.   But no matter how people felt about Michael Jackson as a person, no one could deny his influence on music.  And though he is no longer with us, Jackson’s poignant and thought provoking legacy in the world of music will always live on.

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One Response to “The Weekend I Wept”

  1. Tiffany August 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm #

    Yeah it has been a really long weekend. Tragedies and triumphant moments in history.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate
    Tiffany

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