Something weird happens every Martin Luther King, Jr Day- people who would have been entirely hostile to MLK's life work feel compelled to claim him for "their team" because the man's popularity with mainstream culture has been solidified. One can trash King in private, among fellow yahoos, but one cannot attack him in public and expect to be invited to nice parties. Even media outlets which routinely attack the Black Lives Matter movement feel compelled to broadcast out of context snippets from King's speeches. I haven't quite had the intestinal fortitude to seek out "Martin Luther King would be a Ted Cruz Republican!!!" type articles in the grosser precincts of the t00bz, but I have no doubt they're out there.
More common is the tone-deaf stupidity of things like the Robins Air Force Base MLK Day fun shoot (I'll link later, I'm typing on my phone now)- the idea that one can commemorate the life of a man assassinated by a gunman with a trap/skeet shooting event boggles the mind.
There are appropriate ways to commemorate MLK- here in the NY metro area, prayer breakfasts and days of service are common. Martin Luther King, Jr Day is quickly losing its meaning to the broader culture, a culture that uses the day to memorialize its war dead by going to the beach. It could be worse, at least the post-Christmas consumption hangover seems to be keeping the malls from running huge whites sales...
At any rate, there's always a disconnect between solemn national remembrance and all-too-rare days off (working Americans have appallingly few days off from the job), it's almost a pity that the few holidays we do have are set up to be trivialized. Very few people would have been outraged by a Late January Monday Off Fun Shoot.