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On the third Monday in January, Americans observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, reflecting on the assassinated civil-rights leader’s message of nonviolent activism and social equality.
At times, though, it’s all too easy to lose sight of what King accomplished—and what he exhorted his fellow countrymen to do. We tend to get bogged down in the particulars of our own dream for the future—and just like that, we distort his legacy, much as this young visionary has.
Even if this fantasy seems more in tune with a cartoon supervillain than King, it’s nice to see a new generation so inspired.
Photo via Rick Kimpel/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'