It’s important to remember that Martin Luther King Jr. had a lot more to say in his life than just his “I Have a Dream” speech:

Figures like President Barack Obama have reminded us that King once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” But over time, the great orator’s writings became less magnanimous and ever more convinced that white supremacy was the most significant obstacle in attaining liberation for all black people.

In his final book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, originally published in 1967, King wrote that “Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. The reality of substantial investment to assist Negroes into the twentieth century, adjusting to Negro neighbors and genuine school integration, is still a nightmare for all too many white Americans.”

He continued: “These are the deepest causes for contemporary abrasions between the races. Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook. He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.”

By this point in his life, King had abandoned the rose-colored glasses of his youth. Instead, he was laser-focused on addressing white supremacy in its basest and most intimate forms: in communities, schools, and neighborhoods.

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

— Martin Luther King, Jr., in Letter From Birmingham Jail

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past. Here are my past posts for January 20…

There are 28 posts previously published on January 20th

  • 2018
    • On our way downtown! #womensmarch
  • 2017
  • 2016
    • The sign says don’t tease the snake, but it didn’t seem to care when I told it it looked like an overstuffed muddy shoelace. (20/366)
  • 2014
    • Lunch and a book in the library.
  • 2011
    • Happy Penguin Awareness Day! It seems that Jan. 20th is Penguin Awareness Day. Though I was not aware of this, I _am_ aware of penguins. You should be too. Just in case you're not...here are some penguins. Be aware.
  • 2009
    • Obama’s Inauguration Speech Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
    • Links for January 19th through January 20th Sometime between January 19th and January 20th, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too! • 'Battlestar Galactica's' Ron Moore addresses the shocking developments of 'Sometimes a Great Notion' • The country's new robots.txt file • Gothic Charm School • One man's take on the new whitehouse.gov on TwitPic • The top 25 Bushisms of all time. • Worst Commercial Placement Ever
    • Congratulations President Obama! President Barack Obama, right, is congratulated by daughter Sasha, lower left, as first lady Michelle Obama looks on after taking the oath of office at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
    • Postalicious Excerpts A couple days ago I dropped a line to Postalicious' creator, asking it might be possible to add excerpt templates in a future revision. He wrote back to say that he'd work on that when he got a chance...and just one day later, version 2.6 of Postalicous was posted with support for excerpt templates!
  • 2006
    • Give him a fling… Remember the kinda-cool, kinda-creepy flash thing with the girl falling through and bouncing off of a bunch of bubbles? This is that again...but better.
    • Seattle Nightlife ...as summarized by Cor Tenebrarum on the SeaGoth message board.
    • (Another) iTunes Meme Lots of silly statistics on my music collection.
    • First and Last and Always Oh, very, _very_ nice. This March, The Sisters of Mercy will be in Seattle. On a Saturday night, even. I'm _so_ there.
  • 2005
    • Death of a Spammer, in a Place Called Hope The crime was murder. It was during the autopsy that the medical examiner noticed an obstruction lodged deep in the victim's throat. He reached in and pulled out the object — a can of Spam.
    • Judy Bachrach on FOX News Judy Bachrach was on FOX News and completely ambushed FOX anchor Brigitte Quinn. Rather than a cute fluff piece on the inauguration, Bachrach launched into an indictment of the forty million dollars being spent on Bush's parties.
    • Engine Ice This picture wasn't taken by me, I just thought it was incredibly cool! A friend forwarded it to me along with the accompanying text explanation.
  • 2004
    • March of the Sinister Ducks Neil Gaiman had a song bouncing through his head the other day, and mentioned it on his weblog. Several people then wrote in to let him know of the existence of an .mp3 of the song. After getting permission from the author, Mr. Alan Moore, Neil has quite kindly made the .mp3 officially available.
    • Jason gets his heart back I was just going through the guestbook on Jason Webley's site, and it turns out that on Dec. 30th, Chris received an unusual package in the mail…
    • Search inside! Wow — I entirely missed Zeldman's original post about this, but Kirsten just pointed out a hilarious little side effect of Amazon's addition of 'Search Inside!' or 'Look Inside!' text to book cover images featuring their full text search feature.
    • Chimp Gone Wild! A screencap from CNN
    • If not Dean, then who? There's a lot of good food for thought in the comment thread for this Daily Kos post-Iowa look at the Dem contenders. Some good discussion on whether Dean has suffered as bad of a blow as it may seem, and if so, than who might be the best person to pick up the nomination.
    • Unplanned Applause I'm used to the apparently mandatory applause after every sentence. I was quite pleasantly surprised tonight when after mentioning that the Patriot Act expires in the near future, the Democratic portion of Congress interrupted Bush's speech at that point to start applauding.
    • Enterprise in trouble? Now, I've not seen Enterprise since I moved into my current apartment, and at the time, I wasn't sorry to stop watching it. It's still a little sad to see that one of the staples of my life may be coming to such an ignominious end.
    • The one-party America America has had periods of single-party dominance before. It happened under FDR's New Deal, in the Republican 1920s and in the early 19th-century 'Era of Good Feeling.' But if President Bush is re-elected, we will be close to a tipping point of fundamental change in the political system itself.
    • Read fast! If people are tired enough of Bush's leadership to show up in surprisingly large numbers to be a part of the process of finding the best candidate to oust Bush from office nearly a year before the general elections, it makes me even more optimistic that come November, we'll be putting a Democrat back in office again.
  • 2003
    • Must've been a fluke I stopped by the Wander-Lust homepage a bit ago, skimmed over the 'Popular Destinations' sidebar, and realized that I was number 16! I have no idea how I managed to pull that off, but it must have been a fluke — as I write this now, I'm number 47. Heck, I'm rather surprised to be on their top-50 list as it is, 47's impressive enough. But 16?
    • MT: Easy comment and entry editing I use a 'edit this entry' here, only one that allows me to not have to worry about the blog ID number, and I have 'edit' links both for each individual entry, and for any comments that are left on my site. As a bonus, the edit links are hidden, so unless you're me (or you read this post), you'll never know that they're there!

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past. Here are my past posts for January 19…

There are 19 posts previously published on January 19th

  • 2019
    • For the third year running, we hit the Seattle Women’s March today. A small selection of photos is on my Flickr account (because something choked my blog when I tried to send them here…I’ll look into that some other time).
  • 2017
    • At the #ghostlightproject vigil put on by the CWU Theatre department students. #ghostlight #bealight #iamalight
  • 2016
    • And here we go again. I’m so done with this. I should move back to Alaska to get away from all this snow! ;) #noishouldnt (19/366)
    • We had an unexpected visitor in our backyard this morning. Neat to see, but hoping it doesn’t become a regular (apparently they’re not good for birds or gardens). #kitty #notakitty #raccoon
  • 2014
    • Almost forgot to take my picture today. Good thing this moose was here to remind me. Someone’s gotta keep me on track!
  • 2010
    • Links for January 18th through January 19th Sometime between January 18th and January 19th, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too! • H. G. Wells on 'Metropolis' (1927) • Offline Book "Lending" Costs U.S. Publishers Nearly $1 Trillion • AirTran 297 - Anatomy of an Urban Legend • Dear God, please confirm what I already believe • Insanely Vulgar 'Better Off Ted' Outtakes (NSFW Video)
    • Top 100 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels of All Time Obviously, a list like this one is subject to a _lot_ of debate due to everyone's personal taste. Still, it's not a bad list of works. Herewith, in true blog-meme style, the list, with those that I've read in **bold**.
  • 2009
  • 2007
    • Not with my $300 million, you don’t… You want $300 million of _my_ tax dollars? Put the money towards something -- or _anything_ -- that would actually benefit _everyone_, not just those who get their rocks off by watching _other_ people play a game.
  • 2006
    • Beastie Boys are the new Bon Jovi The camera-toting fans took those instructions to heart. They shot the band, they shot the fans, they shot their fellow camera operators. Four even took their cameras along on their bathroom breaks.
    • French Headmaster Dooced The headmaster of a technical school in Lozere, France, has been dismissed after discovery of his anonymously-written weblog, which was deemed obscene and pornographic. Apparently he was discovered when he posted his photo in a recent entry.
  • 2005
    • All Request Saturday Something about me you'd like to know? Something you'd like me to ramble on about? Pick a topic, any topic, and drop it in the comments. Come Saturday, I'll go through what (if anything) is there and start babbling.
    • Prior art for ‘nofollow’ blocking Most of the time I see block-level 'nofollow' mentioned, credit has gone to Brad Choate's post from Feb. 2002. However, the idea itself dates as far back as Jan. 2001 in Zoltan Milosevic's Fluid Dynamics Search Engine.
    • Battling the spammers After a comment spam attack brings my server to its knees, I rename the comment and trackback scripts only to have the attacks begin again as soon as the files are rebuilt and the spamming scripts target the new script location. This sucks a lot, and I'm really not sure where to go from here outside of disabling comments entirely on the affected sites.
  • 2004
  • 2002
    • Evolution It's kind of a slow Saturday today, so Candice and I rented a couple movies to kill the day with. She's working on homework while I watch the flicks, and the first one I checked out was Evolution.
  • 2001
    • A dark day for buttrock Well, just found out that Metallica's bassist has quit the band. I'm just kind of curious how long it'll take before we start hearing news stories about the majority of the Mat-Su valley slitting their wrists in dispair....
  • 1999
    • [From Usenet: 1.19.99 0000] Incidentally, she just provided the voice for one of the supporting characters in the animated film 'Prince of Egypt' - I figured it was her when I heard her sing, then checked the credits to be sure.

Since I’ll hit 20 years of blogging this November, this year I’m posting a daily list of anything I published on this day in the past. Here are my past posts for January 18…

There are 18 posts previously published on January 18th

  • 2018
    • Got a nice scarf from my brother @kevinhanscom – #cascadia plus a nice #joydivision #unknownpleasures tribute. Perfect!
  • 2017
    • Book nine of 2017: Batman, by Craig Shaw Gardner. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
    • Book eight of 2017: Desolation Road, by Ian McDonald (@norwescon’s Writer Guest of Honor for #nwc40). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • 2016
    • Today became a “laze around the house in pajamas” kind of day…which I’m entirely okay with. (18/366)
  • 2014
    • Probably a good idea, I’ll admit.
    • Friends, snacks, and Cards Against Humanity. Not a bad Saturday evening!
    • No clue what I was dreaming about, but I woke myself up at 1:20 AM by biting my tongue hard enough that I tasted blood. Got back to sleep eventually, and I can’t see any visible damage now, but the tip of my tongue is quite tender today!
  • 2008
    • Google Transit: A for Effort… I need to walk a block, scale a chain-link fence, climb a hill, play Frogger across three lanes of northbound traffic, one express lane, and three lanes of southbound traffic on I-5, go down a hill, scale another chain link fence, hike through some woods, and swim across the lake on the NSCC grounds.
  • 2007
    • TagMaps TagMaps is a really cool little toy from Yahoo's research labs that I just stumbled across. It's using heavy concentrations of tags on Flickr and overlaying them on a map, allowing you to zoom around the map and see how people have tagged their city.
    • Melting Snowmelt on pine needles on the NSCC campus.
  • 2005
    • rel=“nofollow” : Massive weblog anti-spam initiative Six Apart has announced in co-operation with Google, Yahoo, MSN Search and other blog vendors a massive joint anti-spam initiative based on the HTML link type rel='nofollow'.
    • Tip of the Slung A very interesting thread popped up on MetaFilter yesterday (though I just found it this evening) after Las Vegas weatherman Rob Blair fumbled during a broadcast.
    • Bank of America can kiss my ass Bank of America will get their money, as fast as I can get it to them without risking my health or home — and I'll be very happy not to do business with them in the future.
  • 2004
    • Mars vs. Marriage As a long-time science fiction geek, I'd really like to get excited about the new emphasis on space exploration and research, and even a little more budgetary increase is better than none. Somehow, though, it comes across to me as nothing more than election-year grandstanding than something that's really going to have much impact.
    • Washington Presidential Caucuses: Feb. 7th The Washington State Caucuses are coming up on February 7th. This is everyone's chance to help choose who will run against George W. Bush in the 2004 Presidential election.
  • 2002
  • 1994
    • [From Usenet: 1.18.94 0513] Where'd I get all the info? Lots of reading, and working in the only theatre in Alaska to have Dolby Digital installed. Anchorage's Fireweed theatre was at the time the biggest Dolby Digital installation on the West Coast.

Goop’s Netflix series: It’s so much worse than I expected and I can’t unsee it: “Disclaimer: This review contains detailed information about the Netflix series the goop lab with Gwyneth Paltrow. If you plan to watch the show (please, don’t) and do not wish to know details in advance, this is not the review for you. Normally, we would refer to such information as ‘spoilers,’ but in our editorial opinion, nothing in this series is spoil-able.”