This blog will attempt to link the new high-power 1,690 calorie sandwich from Denny’s to Maya Angelou’s displeasure at the quote on the new, gigantic statue of Martin Luther King Jr. in Washington D.C.
I know I can do it.
First, the sandwich named “Mac ‘n Cheese Big Daddy Patty Melt” sounds complicated. It’s bold, willing to take on and conquer people who care about their health because they want to live longer, yet it is also willing to dangle greasy cheesy goodness in front of restaurant aficionados who might already be dangerously obese.
What is this cheesy Big Daddy? A yummy, delectable burger slathered with creamy Mac ‘n Cheese, then melted cheddar cheese then topped with Frisco sauce – a mixture of 1000 Island dressing and Italian dressing – on grilled potato bread. Wash it down with a strawberry milkshake and you can cry justifiably when you hear the oldie “Nothing Compares to U” by Sinead O’Conner.
This ode to excess brings me to MLK at the Mall. I first saw a picture of it a few days ago and was struck by its enormity. Rising from the ground, it is a 30-foot tall monument to the civil rights leader. It’s the first statue on the National Mall that is not a president or soldier, and I say great. Martin Luther King should be represented at the National Mall because he made the first black president that we have now, possible.
But a few controversies surround the statue: award-winning writer Maya Angelou is vocally opposed to a paraphrased quote on the MLK granite statue. Angelo says the quote makes King sound like a “pompous twit.” Since she is lauded for her use of the English language, I found her description curious. It’s like I heard a chord out of place in a song.
Here is King’s original quote, “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.”
Here is what is written, ““I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”
I am not a MLK scholar, but apparently the point Dr. King was making was a person does not have to be the Grand Poobah in order to elicit change. Key words were deleted from the carved quote, thus the meaning changed from “every person working for change matters,” to “I worked hard for justice, peace and righteousness.”
How does that equate to “pompous twit?” It doesn’t. The chief architect of the statue, Ed Jackson Jr. said the quote was shortened and moved because of space concerns.
Here’s the kicker, Angelou, 83 is a member of the Martin Luther King quote-picking Council of Historians. She attended not
one meeting. It seems hypocritical and a little self-righteous to criticize the choice now.
The last article of irritation is that King’s statue is made from Chinese granite, by a Chinese artist, built by unpaid Chinese people. Is Rod Serling in the house? When I am out shopping if something is made in China I try my hardest to put it back on the shelf, and I am usually successful. (Please hold all applause until the end.)
The granite slab from which King is carved is called The Stone of Hope. I call it the Stone of Regret.
That’s how the Big Daddy sandwich and King’s statue are tied together. The first you regret eating; the second you regret the indebtedness, the allegiances and the dependency on a country that is cold-heartedly swallowing the United States one dollar at a time.
And Maya Angelou probably regrets not attending those committee meetings.