Blogger FITSNEWS posted a photo of South Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell dressed in a Civil War-era military uniform alongside two African-Americans dressed as slaves.
The picture, taken during a Republican women's conference in Charleston last Friday, however, has managed to capture national media attention.
Of course it didn't take but a couple of hours before the South Carolina NAACP was all up in arms about the photo because they are offended. More photos from the event are here.
If you live in Charleston, you come to understand that at lot of people both black and white make their living and in the case of McConnell (who owns a $30,000.00 working civil war cannon) their passion, dressing up in period costumes.
Read the Charleston Post and Courier story about the event and McConnell's response to the criticism here.
A couple of weeks ago talk show host Glen Beck held a rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
(BTW - If you haven't been to the Lincoln Memorial, you are missing out on something really astounding. The first thing you notice is we don't build things like we used to. The size of the Lincoln Memorial is stunning. The second big surprise is Location Location Location! The view is every thing and in every direction. Simple, and elegant at the same time, the Lincoln Memorial may be the grandest monument we as country have ever built.)
Beck held his rally on August 28th and the place the Lincoln Memorial without thinking it through (or maybe he knew all along) which just so happens to be the same date and place that Dr. King gave his famous "I Have a Dream Speech".
This of course gave folks like the Reverend Al Sharpton and the NAACP something to complain about. Beck spoke from a spot few steps below where Dr. King may or may not have given his speech. Yet many people of color were still offended.
Throughout my life I have been fascinated by Dr. King and always saw him as a man first and a person of color last. During his life he gave hundreds of speeches, many long since forgotten and the exact places no one ever noted and some have even been torn down.
Somewhere along the way the message that Dr. King was preaching, the point he was conveying was lost.
If Dr. King who wanted nothing more than to be equal was here today I'm pretty certain he'd say enough already, enough of pointing out the differences and raising a stink over every aspect of the last 200 years.
The truth is the NAACP in order to exist needs to create controversy even where there is none and I don't think this is what Dr. King had in mind. It is certianly not what Glenn McConnell and the Murphys had in mind.