Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Say It ain't So

This is absolutely incredible. Mind-boggling. Clearly there is something going on underneath that I don't know about, because on the surface, this is breath-takingly disrespectful.

Legendary entertainer and civil rights activist Harry Belafonte on Tuesday explained his absence from Coretta Scott King's funeral. Belafonte told reporters before a speech at Case Western Reserve University that President Bush influenced the King family to disinvite him from the funeral in suburban Atlanta on Feb. 7.

Belafonte, known to be a friend of Martin Luther King Jr., said he was told about the decision the day before the funeral, at which he had been scheduled to speak.

The King children made the final decision, Belafonte said, but they were "fiercely intimidated by the president's representatives." Belafonte has been a vocal critic of the Bush administration.


I can't believe I missed this little twist (The Black Commentator was on it a couple of weeks ago).

Harry Belafonte was a good friend at least of Martin if not also Coretta. Bush, on the other hand...well let's just say he had zero relationship with the deceased, her family, her friends, her life, her calling, her activities, her philosophy -- you get the point. In fact, it's not even clear why he wanted to attend the funeral to begin with. There was no way he was going to change any minds regarding his attitude towards African Americans, if that's what they were thinking. He's worked hard to build up his reputation in that matter over the last five years. One speech at a funeral couldn't undo that kind of damage.

But for whatever reason, he wanted to be there, and so, apparently, was able to influence the remainder of the guest list. Now the next question is: why in the world would the King family want George Bush there? For the generic honor of having the president speak at your mother's funeral? For that you disinvite a man who has given so much of his life to supporting Coretta and the causes she took as her own? For that you defer to a man who meant NOTHING -- no, make that: LESS THAN NOTHING -- to your mother? Could the children of Martin and Coretta King have so little integrity? Or perhaps there is, as is usually the case with any Bush sleaziness, MONEY involved. Like money that the King Center desperately needs to continue to carry out its mission. Money that could come from, say, a federal grant or new line in the federal budget. Again, could the children of Martin and Coretta King have so little integrity?

Lots of stuff here that is perplexing and/or distressing.

By the way, Happy 79th Birthday, Harry.

4 Comments:

At 4:28 PM, Blogger The Christian Progressive Liberal said...

How about this fact?

That Eddie Long, "Bishop" of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, is a big receptor of Bush's "Faith-Based Money Pie"

That Bernice King is on staff at New Birth as an Associate Minister, and that her "mentor" is none other than one "Bishop" Eddie Long.

The King children are crapping on their parents legacy in favor of the almighty dollar. Yeah, I said it.

 
At 10:38 PM, Anonymous StylieP said...

THE SPINNING SOUND YOU HEAR IS MARTIN & CORETTA SPINNING IN THEIR GRAVES.
IT WAS BAD ENOUGH THAT TWO OF THE CHILDREN WERE CHASTISED BY TRHEIR MOTHER IN REGARDS TO GAY RIGHTS & MARRIAGE.
BUT THERE WAS A BIOGRAPHICAL DOCUMENTARY ON MR. BELAFONTE NO MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AGO. HE STATED HE KEPT A PROMISE TO MARTIN THAT HE WOULD HELP HIM & HIS FAMILY WHETHER MARTIN WAS LIVING OR DEAD.
IF MARTIN'S PROGENY CAN'T SAY IT, WE SHOULD DO IT FOR THEM:
THANK YOU, HARRY, FOR KEEPING THE FAITH WITH THE KING FAMILY THROUGH THE YEARS; AND KEEPING THE FAITH IN OUR FREEDOM STRUGGLE!
WE SHALL OVERCOME!

 
At 12:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a member of New Birth in Lithonia and have been for 15 years. The comment made about New Birth and Bishop Long is unworthy because the person doesn't know what they are talking about. It's like tinkling cymbals and sounding brass. Or more like talking about something you don't live and have a part of. I know what's going on at New Birth and so do the other 30,000 + members. Don't hate on Bishop Long for God's annointing on his life, if you ask for the same favor you can get yours too. Furthermore, the King Children can choose whoever they want to come to their parents funeral. It's their mother not yours. Case closed.

 
At 12:29 PM, Blogger naynaymayo said...

In response to your comments, you don't know what you are talking about. I've been a member of New Birth for over 15 years and NO, Bishop Long doesn't get jack from Bush. A matter of fact Bishop Long has criticized the Bush admin and has been vocal in the media about some of the Bush Admin actions. Know what you are talking about before making a stupid comment. The other thing, the King children had a right to invite or disinvite anybody they wanted to. It was their mother and not yours. And when my MOTHER dies, I will invite whoever I feel should be there. Case closed.

 

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