Walker's Wisconsin – Overcome

Today, this morning at 6 :14 a.m., Scott Walker posted a quote on his face book page. Just below his picture. I read the words:

“…where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. I have a dream today!”

Reading the quote on his status window stirred a discomfort that I’ve experienced a few memorable times in my life when I was caught dissing a person who is standing within earshot in the same room. The awful and embarrassing slap came when I saw faces before me go blank and then looked around to acknowledge the person who is the brunt of my attack…just standing there. The difference is…I felt it. I wanted to disappear. My identity as a human being was shattered in a momentary panic attack.

Why would anyone invite a repeat of this terrible admission of smallness ever again? How can Scott Walker use the words of Dr. Luther King with an exclamation point after signing a law to require a photo ID to exercise the right to vote? The people gathered at the March on Washington fifty years ago, where assembled to redress grievances against the Government. Yet, even as he copied and pasted the words under his picture, Damon Terrell remains in jail for singing in the Capitol rotunda to redress grievance against his government. Damon was charged with felony battery of a police officer and taken to jail where he remains and will likely stay until his arraignment on Thursday.

After last January’s celebration of Martin Luther King Day, when Walker was recorded as he sang “We shall overcome” in the Capitol Rotunda – the same space where Solidarity Singers are being arrested – suggests a disconnection of his identity as leader with the the effects of his policies, his rules, his mode of operation. It strikes as being more than naive hypocrisy and suggests some psychological malfunction or personality disorder that deprives him of the realization that he is dissing the person in the room. To the most of us, it is embarrassing to witness a Governor of Wisconsin who is so out of touch with his own identity or what his presence suggests in the worship of an obvious nemesis – and he just doesn’t get it.

Uploaded on Jan 16, 2012

Scott Walker singing along to We Shall Overcome during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Ceremony.

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