News+and+politics religion philosophy the cynic librarian: Was Coretta Scott King's Funeral Politicized by Speakers?

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Was Coretta Scott King's Funeral Politicized by Speakers?

I think it's reasonable to assert that Pres. Bush's presence at the funeral was a political statement in and of itself. It was an attempt to gain black votes. In any other circumstance, TV pundits and analysts would be noting how Bush's presence there would affect his image among black voters. Therefore, to accuse others of politicizing the event is somewhat disingenuous if not outright dishonest.

According to the Washington Post:

It was the type of eloquent tribute that Americans have come to expect from their president when an iconic figure passes. But the presidential gesture took on added significance because it marks the latest step in the administration's effort to repair its frayed relations with many black civil rights and political leaders.
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Travis said...

It is humorous to me how some people think that Coretta Scott King should be eulogized, without every value she spent 78 years of her life fighting for, not being mentioned: including, but not limited to, fighting war, racism, poverty, sexism and homophobia.

All I hear from political pundits who obviously never knew Coretta but feel they are entitled to comment, is 'shame on Jimmy Carter and Clinton for politicizing her funeral.'

To say that Coretta's values and every she spent her life working for, should NOT be eulogized because it may make a current president uncomfortable, is not only preposterous, it is downright offensive to Coretta's memory!

Greg said...

"It was an attempt to gain black votes."

I didn't know Bush could run for a 3rd term. Thanks for the heads-up.

the cynic librarian said...

Got me there, Greg... Oh, I forgot, he's also the point guy for the Reps. who stand to lose some seats in the Senate and the House. Also, votes come from those black members of Congress who might look kindly on the Prez for showing up the next time there's a close vote.