President Trump will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to seven Americans today, including Elvis Presley. Somehow some view that as a racist move.
A Washington Post critic called it “a little nod to the good old days, back when black visionaries could invent rock-and-roll, but only a white man could become the king.”
That’s just crazy.
Another view from the Weekly Standard:
Even if Elvis popularized an art form that people of another race largely invented, it’s hard to argue that a lots and lots of successful black artists didn’t walk right through the doors he opened. Presley was initially a hero among black musicians in Memphis for that reason, and there’s no reason to think Elvis himself was racist. Quite the opposite, in fact.
Rock ‘n’ roll has been around for the better part of a century. If you’re invested in making Elvis an avatar for racial resentments more than 40 years after his death, you’re, perhaps unwittingly, making the problems of contemporary divisions worse.
Read the entire column here.