MLK DAY IN PRISON

Inmate Blogger

It never fails. I’ve been in prison for 18 years, and eery single January, on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, I will either overhear or be told directly: “Happy James Earl Ray Day.” (James Earl Ray was MLK’s murderer.) Very nice. Let’s celebrate the cold-blooded murder of a man who dedicated his life to peace and love, using words from the Constitution, one of the greatest Americans who ever lived, the man who made the USA attempt to stand up for the lofty ideals it preached. Great.

But it never fails. And I still have no idea how to try to respond. People believe what they want, and for the most part, it seems like appealing to the facts, or to their humanity, just doesn’t do any good. And I think it’s really a shame, that we have these minds that are so capable of doing good, even great, things…

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