Saturday, February 11, 2006

It's Your Funeral

Not the right wing nutjobs' funeral. They can have 138 page scripts for Ronald Reagan's funeral (which I learned from Colbert King's op-ed in the Washington Post today), but I prefer live events. By the way, Ronald Reagan opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964; would it have been inflammatory for me to mention that at his funeral?

Some true-life scenes: Reagan opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (calling it "humiliating to the South"), and ran for governor of California in 1966 promising to wipe the Fair Housing Act off the books. "If an individual wants to discriminate against Negroes or others in selling or renting his house," he said, "he has a right to do so." After the Republican convention in 1980, Reagan travelled to the county fair in Neshoba, Mississippi, where, in 1964, three Freedom Riders had been slain by the Ku Klux Klan. Before an all-white crowd of tens of thousands, Reagan declared: "I believe in states' rights".

Facts are facts. Why is the right all up in arms over facts being stated at Coretta Scott King's funeral?

A Fitting Funeral for Mrs. King

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