Happy Martin Luther King Day. No Joking Allowed.

You should know that, when you google “funny martin luther king quotes,” you get NOTHING. A blank screen that slow fills with the word IDIOT. Actually, you get one hundred bazillion websites full of quotes that either aren’t funny or aren’t by MLK. Which is probably the same thing as calling me an idiot.

But I’m stubborn like a toddler at nap time who hears the Barney song because mom was emailing instead of turning off the TV. I google Martin Luther King T-SHIRTS because t-shirts are funny. Don’t do that. After a few “Martin Luther King Lions” (which I guess are the non-violent sect of the lion pride) there are the ten racist t-shirts, which inspire me to curl up in a ball and hide from humanity until Martin Luther King Day 2012.

And during my attempt to bleach my eyeballs, zazzle.com LIED to me with a link that clearly stated Martin Luther King Skateboards. HOLY CRAP! YESYESYES! I click and all I find is a David Henry Thoreau skateboard. WTH! They weren’t even FRIENDS! And a skateboard would’ve been a lot more useful during the bus boycott than for rustic log cabin living. What would Thoreau do? Club an animal for food when Ralph Waldo Emerson couldn’t get his meals there quick enough?

I sit, nearly defeated, until one last hope appears in a chirp. TWITTER.  There’s @LoadedSanta and @Jesus_M_Christ.  (Only click if you aren’t easily offended.) MLK has GOT to be on there spouting hilarity in 140 characters or less. COME ON PEOPLE! Alas, there’s only an account of random quotes by him and another tweeted in Spanish that could be hilarious had I spent less of high school picking out my awesome Spanish name (Mercedes) and more time learning THE LANGUAGE.

I turn to Scott and lament: Happy Martin Luther King Jr, Day. No joking allowed.

And my ever-awesome husband, who has listened to nearly every MLK speech and KNOWS the man could tell a joke, finds one. On the illustrious YouTube. (If you can’t see the video, click here)

Or maybe we should take a moment to reflect on this Martin Luther King, Jr quote:

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

And pretend that I posted last year’s reflective commentary instead.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

25 thoughts to “Happy Martin Luther King Day. No Joking Allowed.”

  1. Awesome video!

    Six years ago, I had the very odd experience of flying in a tiny private plane to a big expensive event to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. (only because the guy who paid for it all couldn’t go and couldn’t not send someone). Some one was in my belly then and the feeling of movement still very new. I swear she danced whenever anyone said his words. And neither of us liked the plane ride at all.

  2. Living in the South, I am continually amazed by the racist vomit I hear spewed. (Though I guess I shouldn’t be. I was raised in the South, but it still surprises me when I come across it.) Still, there are those gems who rise above it all.
    Thank you for sharing a more down to earth side of MLK that those of my generation (those born after his death) rarely get a glimpse of.
    Enjoy the day. My family an I will be volunteering at my son’s school.

  3. Yay!!!! Thanks for the opportunity to see MLK cracking a joke! I wouldn’t have thought to look for it, but I’m so glad I got to see it. 🙂

  4. I did AmeriCorps right after college and was assigned to an elementary school in MLK’s neighborhood. I walked passed his grave/memorial, the house where he grew up and the church where he preached on my way back and forth to the train each day. It’s an amazing place.

  5. That was great! But what is better is that I SWEAR to you I have heard this joke told the exact same way by another preacher (who will remain nameless). Obviously he was an MLK fan too, but he didn’t bother to give the guy credit for the awesome joke. How rude!

  6. I chose a reflective post with a Sly & the Family Stone youtube video. Had I known of Dr. King’s 80s late night comedy circuit, I would have copied your post.

    I agree with you on being more relaxed and irreverent. Although @LitcritHulk & @DrunkHulk & @feminist should be more serious about their business

    #sarcasm…trust me #sarcasm Glad I found your blog


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