What Would MLK Think About the Last Two Weeks? - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
What Would MLK Think About the Last Two Weeks?
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) interviewed by CBS News on Jan. 4 (CBS News/YouTube)

As America celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday today, one wonders what he would have thought about several big events that took place over the last two weeks.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) both were nominated for House speaker on multiple ballots the week of Jan. 2, as Republicans tried to coalesce behind one candidate to guide the lower legislative body.

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy was the main Republican contender. He ultimately won on the 15th ballot. Until then, on eight ballots, Donalds was the Great Black Hope of the 21 GOP holdouts who demanded and secured a host of conservative, limited-government reforms in exchange for backing McCarthy.

This was the first time that a black Democrat and a black Republican competed against each other for speaker of the House, America’s third-highest office.

While McCarthy is speaker of the House for the next two years, the House Democrat leader is Jeffries, a black man. This also is a first.

Throughout this process, House clerk Cheryl Johnson was, in essence, acting speaker of the House.

The New Orleans native presided while Republicans and Democrats wrestled for the gavel, on one ballot after another.

Johnson, a black woman, was celebrated and embraced across America for her calm, steady, and incredibly even-handed presence throughout the endless wrangling and cliff-hanging votes.

“Let me express my deep appreciation, and appreciation of everybody in this room, for the work you’re doing Madam Clerk,” said Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) before the 11th ballot.

“In a rare show of unity, the chamber — more than 430 members-elect of the House — rose to give Johnson a standing ovation,” the Washington Post reported. The paper also observed, “[T]he clerk’s exceptional leadership was the one thing lawmakers have agreed on.”

Much like the late Queen Elizabeth II, Johnson maintained a poker face throughout these increasingly suspenseful events. She never offered a pursed lip, elevated eyebrow, lightly cleared throat, or any other hint as to whom, if anyone, she favored in any of these parliamentary matchups.

Meanwhile, Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills recovered in a hospital after suffering a heart attack during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. From coast to coast, Americans of faith prayed on his behalf. We heathens crossed our fingers.

The New York Post called Hamlin “America’s Son” on its back cover.

If Dr. Martin Luther King were alive today, and turning 94, he might survey all of this black success and warmth toward black Americans, smile, and say, “We have overcome.”

These examples of black achievement and goodwill by whites towards blacks also demonstrate that the Left’s relentless moaning about America being propelled by “systemic racism” is, precisely, what one finds on the floor of a stable.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor.

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