50 years ago, on April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King reconnected with the radical black tradition by adding his voice of opposition to the murderous U.S. war machine unleashed on the people of Vietnam. For Dr. King, his silence on the war in Vietnam had become an irreconcilable moral contradiction. He declared that it was hypocritical for him to proclaim the superior value of non-violence as a life principle in the U.S. and remain silent as the U.S.
Very good. Thank you. Here we see the path of logic which exposes internal contradictions that bind all American citizens in a seemingly endless spiral of violence and greed.
Many women stand for their equal rights yet refuse to notice that a woman candidate for president was involved in continuing US government atrocities against women world-wide.
Many environmentalists grieve over global climate collapse and specie extinction yet live a way of life that requires more than one Earth to absorb and recycle their pollution.
All Americans live in a country that terrorizes humanity with weapons of mass destruction and eternal war yet refuse to admit they are therefor terrorists.
Humanity is one race. La raza humana.
" 50 years later, what rational person can honestly argue against MLK's position that the U.S. is still the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet".
That is the problem, too many brainwashed, sophomoric and irrational people in the U.S. And all the proof you need is the current POTUS.
Spot-on stuff from Baraka, as always. He is the real deal. Yes, let's get this antiwar thing going, and fast.
I am pleased to see the Black issues people again taking up this topic.
Anti-war protests stopped once Vietnam was over. Plus, I was wondering what happened to all those anti-war protestors who disappeared as soon as Obama was elected President. Why did they stop bothering to protest U.S. wars anymore? Did they think "Democrat's" wars were ok since they were presented as being for 'humanitarian" reasons. The US is the number one supporter of State Terrorism in the world and it looks like we always have been. In a country armed to the teeth as we are, why are our citizens so afraid. Don't just object to the wars; fight the lies about who the designated enemy is.
Oh well, at least, welcome back. It will be even more important to stick with it this time around as, now we have depleted uranium and other radioactive substances that will harm for thousands of years.
"The BAP must be a people(s)-centered human rights project against War, Repression, and imperialism that seeks to recapture and redevelop the historic anti-war, anti-imperialist, and pro-peace positions of the radical black movement.”
Though I’ve supported Bernie Sanders on most issues, I think BAP offers a more honest approach towards changing this country’s corporate-controlled governance than the senator’s attempts to work through existing institutions. No country can truly change without a massive make-over or rejection of at least some of its socio-poitical foundations.
Garrett, you have eloquently written truth.