Contradictions AboundThe amount of attention that has been garnered by the passing of Coretta Scott King is beginning to not just suprise me, but shock me. At her funeral this past weekend numerous famous civil rights figures and contempoary local politicians were in attendance (as is expected) but, for some reason, so were the four living U.S. Presidents. Not only were these people in attendance but Hillary Clinton, Ed Kennedy, and a host of others took time out of their schedules to pay their *respects* as well. As a crusader against capital punishment, against the War in Iraq, pro-women's lib(eration), pro-queer rights (including same-sex marriage), and pro-animal rights (she's a vegan for political reasons) she's basically pretty darn leftist. Do the U.S. and these leaders realize these things in their adulation of her?
I find it contradictory that people like our current President or his father would attend the funeral of this woman--our current President due to the recent immense budget cuts to education and health programs that she and her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, would have surely opposed and H.W. Bush due to the criticism that Reagan initially had for her husband's birthday being established as a national holiday (criticism that was probably shared by his VP, H.W.). I guess it can be summed up in one word: politics.
Anyway, can anyone give me clarification as to why she is being treated in this way? I in no way am attempting to diminish her to "Dr. Martin Luther King's wife" as so much of the mainstream media and history books depict her. She has fought for the past 38 years since MLK's death to help bring his dreams to reality (even more counting when MLK was alive) but I still feel like people are attending because of her historical and present-day symbolism to the civil rights movement as oppose to their agreement with what she fought for. Other thoughts on this? Anyone also feel strange about the attention focused on her passing?