In honor of Dr. King

I don’t want to downplay the tragedy of Dr. King’s assassination, especially on his holiday.  My decision to post this song keeps the gravity of the situation in mind.

At the same time, though, I think it’s important to be able to laugh at our own idiocy, fallen-ness, fallibility or whatever you want to call it.  Tom Lehrer wrote this song before we lost Rev. King (and the version presented here differs slightly from the one with which I’m most familiar), but the spirit in which he wrote it – a spirit that lampoons and laments our fear, mistrust and hatred of “the other” – shines through in every age.

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