"MLK is celebrated only by ignoring and deleting his core beliefs: that real social progress was impossible without ending imperialism, militarism, and economic inequality."
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.
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:
"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.
So, YES. We miss you Martin. We miss you.
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."
Whoops! Presbyterian Church! lol
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.
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.
“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?”
Damning with fulsome praise
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.
I know of NO Black Republicans supporting Trump. If someone here is trying to establish that as fact, they need to provide actual EVIDENCE.
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.
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!
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”.
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.
Senator Tim Scott?
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!
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.
Excellent article, and excellent posts. Thank you.
“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” - OG Frederick Douglass
I’ve long wondered if MLK Jr. had been born on July 15 or August 15, instead of January 15, would there now be a national day in his honor on his birthday?