Saturday, February 11, 2006

Coretta Scott King's funeral

I did not see Mrs. King's funeral, all 6 hours of it. I only saw a few soundbytes and read some of the reports the next day. The LA Times has an excellent roundup of how the funeral went down.

The funeral has caught a lot of flack from the right side of the blogosphere in an attempt to show that Democrats always turn a funeral into a pep-rally. Again, the Right yelling about the speck in their opponent's eye, while missing the plank in their own.

The Times says, "The most overtly partisan remarks came from the Rev. Joseph Lowery, a King protege and longtime Bush critic,
who noted Coretta King's opposition to the war in Iraq and criticized Bush's commitment to boosting the poor."

In fact, Lowery said, "We know now there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. But Coretta knew, and we know, that there are weapons of misdirection right down here. Millions without health insurance. Poverty abounds. For war billions more, but no more for the poor."

Now it couldn't have been easy for President Bush or his supporters to see him at Mrs. King's funeral. The only people in the room that voted for him are the ones that share his last name. However, can we look at what Mr. Lowery said? He spoke out against war and spoke out against poverty. Isn't that the stereotypical job of a black preacher? I mean, if I wanted to find someone to give a rousing talk about the downtrodden and the poor, a black preacher is the go-to-guy.

Can people be upset with what he said? Sure, I suppose. However, can one be surprised? Hardly.