Confusion seems to reign supreme in this country, never more apparent than on this day-a day set aside as a national holiday in remembrance of Martin Luther King jr..
Historically there as been a projected confusion about who King was and what he was about-it’s taken time but I believe those layers of confusion have been peeled away and King is recognized as the man he was and the impact he made on the Civil Rights movement.
Untold numbers have made an impact-the majority of which we may never know-that can no longer be said of Perry Ray Robinson Jr. with any degree of certitude. His story is slowly coming to light.
A story that is increasingly well known-and the threat that creates has led to a sustained and long running cover up of lies, silence, professed ignorance, and attempts to create confusion.
On this day of all days one would think that those who speak of and honor King would make some mention of Ray, and in doing so add their voices to those of the nations who are leading the effort for the discovery and prosecution of any invloved in his murder at WK2.
As an actor I like Danny Glover, as a comedian I like Dick Gregory-but their advocacy of Leonard Peltier and AIM can most kindly be referred to as misguided.
I am at a loss to understand how any in the black community could fail to rally behind Ray Robinson’s family, but would line up behind Peltier-how having been asked repeatedly to join the effort, informed of the facts, can still elect to remain silent-to sit this one out.
More pointedly how can nationally recognized figures like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton so obviously avoid, and with apparent indifference, doing so while speaking about fallen civil rights heroes and never allow the name of Perry Ray Robinson Jr. to cross their lips?
Ray had the same dream as King-two sons of different parentage and each attempting to fulfill the dreams of their fathers, and of their people-yet one is honored and the other studiously ignored.
What a profound mystery, what a complete lack of respect, what folly those who ignore make of their own efforts and oft repeated positions.
We are not black men and women, we are “red”, and maybe that is why our voices fall upon deaf ears. If such is the case it makes a lie of everything-and this prolonged silence does as well.