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U.S. Politicians and Public Criticized for 'Whitewashing' King's Legacy


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U.S. Politicians and Public Criticized for 'Whitewashing' King's Legacy

Jessica Corbett, staff writer

"MLK is celebrated only by ignoring and deleting his core beliefs: that real social progress was impossible without ending imperialism, militarism, and economic inequality."

Alvin Turner

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Yes. Praising the coffin, rather than the continuation of the “Poor People’s Campaign” - shouts a disgraceful denial of “The War on Poverty” -

introduced by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson during his State of the Union address on Wednesday, January 8, 1964.

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Poverty].

A March on Washington, D.C. was to take place in June of 1968. But a Memphis racist murdered him, April 4 of the same year. 50-years later, almost to the day, [We the] Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival takes an historical giant step forward: Last night, at the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, New York City’s Mayor DeBlasio attended a Gathering to commemorate the continuation of Martin’s dream:

[http://pix11.com/2018/01/14/interfaith-leaders-pray-for-trumps-soul-during-service-honoring-martin-luther-king-jr/]

"Today, we’re holding a commemorative interfaith service event honoring
the life and legacy of Dr. King with a call for the nation to enlist in the
Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival.
Following the service, Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. and I will lead
the congregation in a march to Trump Tower, where we will deliver a
prayerful call for repentance for Trump and extremists members of the
administration and Congress. We call on moral agents across this nation
to stand up and take prayerful #MoralAction.
[https://www.facebook.com/events/560955807584139/]

So, YES. We miss you Martin. We miss you.


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Sorry, the link didn’t display the way I expected…
"Freedom is never given voluntarily by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed."
MLK, Jr.


#4

Whoops! Presbyterian Church! lol


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For many Whites it is the politically correct thing to be non racist. They will listen to Kings speeches, watch them on video or read about them and agree. But what will that really do to change things or keep a White Supremacist, racist Trump out of office? He’s calling himself the least racist person on the planet earth. Let’s see if that is popular with his White Supremacist, racist, which voters that helped to elect him. I find that listening to that self aggrandizement stuff to have the same effect as an index finger down the throat. When will this nation reach its limit and the gag reflex will kick in.


#6

I find it interesting how history of MLK’s legacy is rewritten to fit with today’s narrative. They never say he was a socialist opposed to imperial wars and social classes. This most likely why he was taken out. He was too popular and threatened the power structures of the ruling class. He has been missed by all of us peace loving hippies and the rest, too.


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Regarding the murder of MLK, let’s be more accurate - The U.S. government murdered MLK:

MLK Day: Who Killed Martin Luther King? The Cover-Up of the Century – Jan. 19, 2016 – Asad Ismi – GlovalResearch

“The United States government is the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.”- Martin Luther King

On December 8, 1999, a jury in Memphis, Tennessee, reached the verdict that Martin Luther King Jr. was
killed as a result of a conspiracy involving the FBI, CIA, U.S. Army, Memphis police and the Mafia.

After a five week trial which presented 70 witnesses, the jury (made up of six blacks and six whites) rejected the official position that the civil rights titan was shot by a lone assassin, James Earl Ray, who was jailed for 99 years for the crime and died in 1998. The verdict concluded a wrongful death civil lawsuit brought by the King family against Loyd Jowers, owner of Jim‚s Grill, a Memphis cafe located next to the scene of the shooting when it took place on April 4, 1968.

The jury found Jowers guilty as one part of a large conspiracy created by government agencies. Jowers
admitted his role but insisted that he did not know the identity of the target.

Coretta Scott King, Martin’s widow, hailed the verdict as “a great victory for justice and truth.” She added: "there is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband and the civil court’s unanimous verdict has validated our belief.” Dexter King, one of Martin’s four children, said that his father was killed “because he challenged the establishment.” He called the official investigation into Martin’s murder, “the most incredible cover-up of the century.”

…The U.S. government’s murder of arguably “the greatest American who ever lived” signified that in violently propping up vicious right-wing dictatorships all over the Third World (as in Vietnam), the U.S. itself had become one of the biggest banana republics with no possibility for peaceful social change. Martin Luther King was a leader of international stature who spoke for the poor of the world and militantly confronted a system based on their slaughter. This pitted him against the most genocidal establishment on Earth. The state murder of such a great man only increased the power of his example.


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“He’s calling himself the least racist person on the planet earth.” … As long as you are a white christian.

He and his “base” don’t even know what the term racist means just as I have trouble grappling with my “white privilege”.

As Rodney King exclaimed as he was getting kicked and bludgeoned to death by the LAPD, “Cant we just all get along?”


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Damning with fulsome praise


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In the MLK ceremony held in the community where I live, special recognition was given to a Black Republican elected official and ardent supporter of Trump. The decision to recognize this man was not appreciated by all, however, in the US, many embrace the notion that a person who accumulates wealth and/or political power is to be looked up for the fact that they have accumulated wealth and/or political power.


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I know of NO Black Republicans supporting Trump. If someone here is trying to establish that as fact, they need to provide actual EVIDENCE.


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Here are a few examples.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/365642-heritage-foundation-names-kay-coles-james-as-next-president and http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2016/nov/19/richmonds-kay-coles-james-leading-trump-transition/

I wish that Trump did not have supporters among the Black community. Unfortunately, I have found Latino, Asian, Native American, Muslim, and Gay supporters of Trump.


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Thank you for posting this as even though the number of Americans who may
know and understand this now has increased, it isn’t (as far as I know) something
acknowledged by our CIA/Corporate “news.” Nor ever in my experience something
that anyone brings up in general conversation – and it should be.

Before the end of WWII, plans were being put in place for war in Vietnam, the
Cold War, destruction of the US press (not quite “The Post”) and very likely the
McCarthy Era/“Reds Under Beds” and for the rise of right wing governments all
over the world … and eventually for the rise of the Fourth Reich. We’re pretty
much there now, imo.

" … WITH NO POSSIBILITITY FOR PEACEFUL SOCIAL CHANGE …"

Right wing lies and propaganda have run this nation since even before the end of WWII.
Even today, it takes citizens a while to work through to the truth of events, though basically
this nation is anti-war and anti-MIC. The Establishment has moved on from working for
total control over all media to actually attacking our journalists and attempting to label them
as “terrorists.” They continue their vicious war on “whistleblowers” – and against journalists
worldwide. Every bit of truth which leaks out is like a small stone shattering a mirror and
destroying their myths and lies. In planning even before the end of WWII to destroy democracy
here, the right wing – as they have often bragged – were controlling our reality. We know a
quite different reality now and it is up to us to make it better known.

Thank you to the King Family which for so long has struggled to bring the truth forward.

And once again, Thank you, Chelsea Manning, Snowden, WikiLeaks … long may they rise!


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Thanks, Ms.Corbett, for writing this astute observation. I’ve long felt this to be true. Lots of self-professed “liberals” fall over themselves trying to tout their love & admiration for MLK, now that he’s no longer an actual threat. They love his intellect and passion and rhetorical skills. They admire his sacrifices for “his” people. They ignore altogether, as you wrote, the deeper insights and principles that he offered; that he himself had moved far beyond mere race-justice advocacy, to a recognition and insistence that racism wasn’t the only problem, and that even more basic problems had to be dealt with: imperialism/militarism and other inherently undemocratic forces in the U.S.A.

As others have opined, this was too great a challenge for the establishment, and I suspect his murder had far more to do with that then with the fact that he upset some Southern states bigots,

Pardon my referencing the following song once again, but it’s quite on topic::

" I cried when they shot Medgar Evers, tears ran down my spine.
And I cried when they shot Mr. Kennedy, as though I’d lost a father of mine;
But Malcom X got what was coming;
He got what he asked for this time.

I go to civil rights rallies, and I put down the old DAR.
I love Harry & Sydney & Sammy;
.I hope every colored boy becomes a star…"

But don’t talk about revolution!
That’s going a little bit too far!
So Love me, Love me love me, I’m a liberal!
~Phil Ochs, “Love Me, I’m a Liberal”.


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Interesting article by Ajamu Baraka, the Green Party VP, published Jan 12, that is in the vein of MLK.

The Responsibility to Protect the World … from the United States – Jan 12, 2018 – Ajamu Baraka – CounterPunch

One of the most ingenious propaganda weapons ever developed is that the powerful nations of the West—led by the United States—have a moral responsibility to use military force to protect the rights of people being repressed by their governments. This “responsibility to protect” (R2P) always had a dubious legal standing, but its moral justification also required a psychological and historical disengagement from the bloody reality of the 500-hundred-year history of U.S. and European colonialism, slavery, genocide and torture that created the “West.”

This violent, lawless Pan-European colonial/capitalist project continues today under the hegemony of the U.S. empire. This then begs the questions of who really needs the protection and who protects the peoples of the world from the United States and its allies? The only logical, principled and strategic response to this question is citizens of the empire must reject their imperial privileges and join in opposing ruling elites exploiting labor and plundering the Earth…


#16

MLK: In my view, one of the greatest Americans of all time. We need another MLK, but if he gets just as powerful, and scares the oligarchs, he will need an army of body guards.


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Senator Tim Scott?


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And the same criminal cabal that set up Ray as their patsy have more power now than in 1968! The current POTUS is ample proof of that statement!


#19

Every revolution demands human sacrifice. He was killed because he dared speak the truth and because he was black. I admire his courage and his intelligence and his sacrifice for justice.


#20

Excellent article, and excellent posts. Thank you.