I miss the days prior to social media where people and companies did not fake sincerity with historical figures, notably Martin Luther King.
Of course, Rev. King’s birthday and holiday occurred last month and the floodgates opened on the quotes from the beloved reverend.
Political figures, companies and celebrities rushed to social media to find a photo of King and share a quote to appear to cherish his teachings and beliefs.
Those posts couldn’t be a more disgusting display of performance art.
Now with Black History Month here, we have another 28 days of watching this foolishness. Those who do the opposite of King’s beliefs will post photos and quotes from other notable Black figures and pretend to appeal to the masses.
Oh brother, the pretentious show gets worse every year. It is as if those celebs, political figures and businesses believe we missed their actions throughout the year. The donations to other companies and political figures who work to undo progress for Blacks in the 1960s and 70s.
That information is public record and symbolizes the antithesis of what King and others believed in their fight against oppression.
You won’t believe this but, you’re not required to share anything on a holiday. People won’t wilt if you don’t wish them a happy Thanksgiving. So, please, keep it to yourself. If you can’t share a quote aside from King, Maya Angelou and a few others, it’s clear where you stand.
How many others can you name aside from the aforementioned?
Some might say Malcolm X and discuss his hatred for white people. Which would be inaccurate and ignore the latter portion of his life.
Or perhaps Muhammad Ali, who only became loved among some Americans after Parkinson’s disease stripped him of his ability to speak and robbed Ali of his energetic attributes.
Black people have several other figures who represent the struggle we endure or the amazing feats we’ve achieved.
Fred Hampton’s vibrant energy and passionate speeches helped him emerge as a leader for Illinois’ Black Panther Party in the 1960s. He was assassinated by police at 21, but his influence and leadership in the community inspired those around him to bring fruitful change to Chicago.
Bryan Stevenson used his resources and talent as a lawyer to free multiple wrongly incarcerated Black men from death row in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Three years ago, Michael B. Jordan portrayed Stevenson’s efforts in the film “Just Mercy.”
Lusia Harris scored the first bucket in women’s Olympic basketball history in 1976 and somehow topped that feat a year later. In 1977, Harris became the first and only woman drafted into the NBA.
That’s not a typo, the New Orleans Jazz drafted Harris in the 1977 NBA Draft seventh round with the 137th pick.
The latter fact took the majority of the basketball world, including myself, by surprise. Most people discovered this only after her death in January.
The point remains that she is a prominent figure in the Black community and has a story people would love to know.
Make it a goal to pick up a book or watch a video about the abundance of figures who have played a role in shaping Black history.
Or, you can post quotes and pretend to be righteous. Perhaps pretending to be virtuous convinces some they are not going to hell for the atrocities they continue to commit.
Those Twitter and Facebook quotes won’t save you from that hot seat, but a change in behavior might.