Wednesday, October 30, 2013
FBI Agents Required to Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
This probably isn’t a big deal, but it caused me pause.
New FBI Agents are required, as part of their training, to visit the Martin Luther King Memorial.
A couple of years back the New Agents were required to visit the Holocaust Museum. I can sort of understand the Holocaust Museum. The young academics entering federal law enforcement, lacking what one might consider a rounded education or worldly experience, may very well find it helpful to know that the world actually does contain unspeakable evil.
Now I agree that Martin Luther King accomplished much regarding necessary changes in past social injustice. I would even be prepared to acknowledge that Martin Luther King was a great and influential man. And, of course, his credited influence and leadership are emphasized in practically every city where streets and schools are named after him; and a National holiday has been designated to honor him. Moreover, the next time I am in DC I plan to visit his Memorial, among others; including the Vietnam Memorial.
However, if the FBI feels that some sort of first-hand history experience is necessary to their recruits, what about the Lincoln Memorial or what about Ford’s Theatre where Lincoln was assassinated; both of which I visited on the weekend and on my own time when I was in New Agents’ Training. Isn’t it just possible that Lincoln did as much, or more, for African Americans then did King?
Why does it seem like our government agencies stumble all over themselves trying to be the most politically correct, and the most demonstrably sensitive towards our minority citizens? When will the time arrive when ‘all men are created equal’ (under law) as was promised American citizens? When will the persistent, often latent, quotas and racially tinged preferences be no more?
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Yes, Reverend King, most Americans agree. We are ready to take that next step.