The entire fiasco raises so many questions. Why weren’t American bricklayers hired? Why wasn’t an American designer hired and why didn’t the 159 blocks of granite come from America? If government allowed the King memorial to come to this, it’s not surprising our debt is so out of control.
In response to the cries of outrage from a local bricklayers’ union, Harry E. Johnson, Sr. President & CEO of the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation wrote in a letter “we should not exclude anyone from working on this project simply because of their religious beliefs, social background or country of origin.” What about country first? Where was Mr. Johnson’s loyalty to King’s legacy or US workers, particularly at a time when persistent unemployment in this country is approaching the highest level since the Great Depression.
One side of the King Memorial is engraved with a line from his 1963 I Have a Dream speech: "Out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope." But for a man who had “a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice” and achieved that dream, Martin Luther King deserved an American made memorial that bleeds red, white and blue through and trough. Yet despite this slight King will ever rise from the granite, as a symbol of American greatness, inspiration and freedom that rings in darkness and in light.