Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Martin Luther King, Jr., the Charles River, Civil Rights in Cambridge, MA, USA, City Manager Rehired

Bob La Trémouille reports:

The following was forwarded by Karen Parker:


"The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we
live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have
guided missiles and misguided men."

"Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but
also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him."

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and
conscientious stupidity."

"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of
former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit
together at the table of brotherhood. "

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate
cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ... "Love is the only
force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

He was a very wise man.

The paragraph that caught my eye immediately was:

"Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and
conscientious stupidity."

A couple of points:

1. Sounds to me like a very destructive state bureaucracy and Cambridge pols with regard to the environment, EXCEPT they are not that stupid.

2. The mentality of the City of Cambridge on Civil Rights has included the following position on Civil Rights laws: "We have our laws. They are better than the Federal Laws. How dare they expect us to respect Federal law."

UPDATE: I have recently updated my reporting on the case of Malvina Monteiro v. City of Cambridge. I gave my opinion that the judge in the case could be preparing an order firing the Cambridge City Manager without pension because he was found to have destroyed the life of Melvina Monteiro, a black, Cape Verdean, female department head, in retaliation for her filing a civil rights complaint.

That report may be found below at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2008/12/what-is-judge-in-monteiro-case-doing.html.

The Cambridge City Council, with pretty much the very minimal formalities, just rehired the Cambridge City Manager for another term of three years.