Journalist Compares Macklemore To MLK
An op-ed piece written by a
confused journalist who feels that White rapper Macklemore is fighting the same fight as iconic Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. did is causing quite the buzz around the internets.
In a nutshell, the journalist claims that Macklemore standing up for marriage equality is equivalent to Martin Luther King Jr. fighting to end segregation and demand equal rights for black people. Check out a few excerpts from the article below.
via The DA Online
Macklemore’s “Same Love” retained its position in the Billboard Hot 100’s top 20 this week. His poignant song promoting marriage equality has topped the charts all summer.
The song was penned and released in 2012 for the explicit purpose of helping the Washington Marriage Equality movement. In a somewhat surprising and invigorating turn of events, Washington went on to win equal marriage rights.
“Same Love” challenges the right-wing conservatives who think it’s a decision to be gay, and it doesn’t hesitate to slam those people for “playing God” by trying to turn gay people straight. It tasks America for her failure to learn from her past mistakes in denying human rights, then offers up a solution with marriage equality.
The song is not original in its call for equal rights. Fifty years ago this week, a man named Martin Luther King, Jr gave his most famous oratory “I Have a Dream.”
MLK declared, “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children,” as he called America to peacefully demand rights for all of her citizens and to end racial discrimination.
In the same way that MLK dreamed 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,” Macklemore dreams that one day “my uncles can be united by law,” and there will be no more “kids … walking ‘round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart / A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are.”
MLK’s honest and beautiful vision of fairness propelled the Civil Rights Movement to the place we are today – a country that is far from perfect, but one where people of all races can vote and intermarry, and one that has twice elected an African-American president.
Macklemore challenges us in “Same Love,” just as MLK challenged America 50 years ago. He challenges us to not just listen to the song and admire its aesthetics. He implores us to not smile and applaud his musical prowess as we go about our usual day. He asks us to do something about it. He challenges us to look deep inside ourselves, uncover our own bigotry and tear it out.
This is certainly not the first time that a gay rights supporter has likened the efforts of the LBGT community to that of black people and their fight for civil rights and it probably won’t be the last.
But this one does seem a little more far-fetched that usual with the outright comparison of a historic figure in American history who led a movement that forever changed the lives of African-Americans to that of a socially conscious rapper, especially so close to the 50th anniversary of the iconic “March On Washington”.