January 12, 2018 Editorial: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

"It's painfully ironic, or for some, just plain painful, that, today, the President sought to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr". (1929-1968) was planned long before the controversy arose over Trump's remark, and came just before the annual holiday celebrated in the U.S. in King's honour, which this year would be next Monday. Moments later, while he was introducing himself to the group assembled for the photo op, the American Urban Radio Network's April Ryan asked "will you give an apology for the statements yesterday?" "We rejoice, because in his short life Dr. King, by his preaching, his example, and his leadership, helped to move us closer to the ideals on which America was founded".

Trump then signed the proclamation declaring January 15 a holiday and ignored questions from reporters about his supposed insult he made Thursday during a meeting of senators in the White House. "Take them out." Anchor babies have always been a favorite talking point of people who complain about non-white immigrants.

Critics on Twitter didn't hold back on the former brain surgeon, however, for allowing Trump to use him as a "token Black". For instance, Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, called out unnamed "senators and representatives" for using the word "illegals" to refer to undocumented immigrants, a term that he said dehumanized people.

After Trump took to tweeting to deny the accusation, Durbin replied, "It's not true. Hate Cannot drive out hate; only love can do that", and "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character".

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