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Jan 20 - What Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You About Martin Luther King Jr.
 

 
King "saw racial injustice, economic injustice, and war as three of the world's great evils."


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While the likes of President Donald Trump, right-wing Republicans, and Pentagon officials—in addition to many liberals—marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with selective quotes and messages, others aimed to challenge their whitewashed narrative of the civil rights leader’s legacy with detailed reminders of King’s scathing critique of not only racism but also capitalism, militarism, and imperialism.

Among those who spoke out leading up to the Monday holiday was Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, who said over the weekend that “in this historical moment, we especially need to remember the real Martin Luther King, because there are a lot of false portraits that are being pandered in the public square.”

The real King, Barber explained, “found himself having to take on a society he loved so much he had to criticize it—a society he properly diagnosed as having a neurotic sickness and a septic commitment to racism, poverty, and militarism that was destroying its soul and ripping apart its moral promises and possibilities.”


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As King told the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) board on March 30, 1967, “The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.”

Just a few days later, on April 4, 1967—exactly one year before King was a*sassinated—he delivered an infamous speech at Riverside Church in New York City condemning the Vietnam War. He called for an end to the “nightmarish conflict” as well as for the nation to “undergo a radical revolution of values,” saying in part:

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A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald pointed to “that extraordinary speech” and “how completely [King’s] vehement anti-war advocacy is ignored when commemorating his life (just as his economic views are)” in a 2013 column for The Guardian that he shared on Twitter Monday. In his column, Greenwald wrote:

What I always found most impressive, most powerful, about King’s April 4 speech is the connection he repeatedly made between American violence in the world and its national character. Endless war wasn’t just destructive in its own right, but is something that ensures that America’s “soul becomes totally poisoned,” fosters “spiritual death,” perpetuates the “malady within the American spirit,” and elevates “the Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them.” In sum, to pursue endless war is “to worship the god of hate” and “bow before the altar of retaliation.”

This is the overarching point that drives our current debates about war and militarism through today. The debasement of the national psyche, the callousness toward continuous k*lling, the belief that the U.S. has not only the right but the duty to bring violence anywhere in the world that it wants: that is what lies at the heart of America’s ongoing embrace of endless war. A rotted national soul does indeed enable leaders to wage endless war, but endless war also rots the national soul, exactly as King warned. At times this seems to be an inescapable, self-perpetuating cycle of degradation.

“On MLK Day, worth remembering his stirring, passionate condemnation of U.S. militarism,” Greenwald tweeted Monday, “and his arguments about why opposition to it can’t be extricated from anti-racism or anti-poverty activism.”

Various political figures, academics, activists, and reporters also used social media to spotlight King’s true legacy:






Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) also took to Twitter Monday to call for honoring King by acknowledging his actual record, noting that he “saw racial injustice, economic injustice, and war as three of the world’s great evils.”

Omar shared a 2018 “must-read” editorial from The Charlotte Observer, republished last week, which explained that King “was not the cuddly creature we re-invent every King Day to lie to ourselves and our kids about how he only wanted us to get along.”

King “was a radical progressive,” the group Public Citizen tweeted Monday. “Do not allow America to whitewash his legacy.”


Others—including this writer—have repeatedly used the national holiday to combat sanitized narratives. In 2016, Zaid Jilani published a piece for The Intercept titled, “Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations Overlook His Critiques of Capitalism and Militarism.”

As Candice Benbow wrote for Essence in 2018:

He was suspected to be communist, considered a race baiter, and was deemed the most dangerous man in America by the FBI. But the past few decades have canonized him into sainthood and it is virtually impossible to travel in many communities without seeing a street named in his honor.

[….]

The universal adoration of Dr. King can only be described as a willful decision to mischaracterize his person and work. Detaching Dr. King from his radical, socialist, left-leaning politics is the only way many Americans who now praise him can do so with (what they think is) a clear conscience.

Decrying the soundbites and revised histories that circulate on this day each year, Benbow added that “whitewashing Dr. King’s radical legacy to make him more palpable to the masses works to alleviate America’s conscience and sell the lie that we are post-racial. But we know the truth.”


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 4 weeks ago '16        #2
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only a God-fearing man could cultivate such genius into our civilization

still a great deal of work to go.
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 BathWaterMelody said
only a God-fearing man could cultivate such genius into our civilization

still a great deal of work to go.
Most 'god-fearing' people ain't sh*t.

Even worse, the countries where people make the most noise about 'god' are some of the most unstable, unequal and barbaric.


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 4 weeks ago '17        #4
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The reality is that capitalism is in synch with man's primal nature, and the commonly held concept of the 'self'. People want more status, things, and better opportunities for their themselves and their progeny than 'others'. I also can't deny that like MLM, employers (good ones) help their employees because their employees are helping them. The vast majority of people only help others when there's an incentive involved.



Here me out: I agree with King in principle, especially on a spiritual level but people like him are ahead of their time and some have transcended their animal side enough to think of others instead of themselves. Evolved people have a greater sense of Self. They believe that self involves more than just the person they see in the mirror every morning... Like how Mother Theresa saw her entire village as herself. Feeding everyone in her village was helping her Self, from her perspective.

It'll come
....but damn... Seeing people as animals who've simply evolved enough to communicate and employ higher cognitive functions is unfortunately the perception that always explains people's idiocy, selfishness, and terrible behavior to me. I'm never disappointed when I expect animals to do animal shyt.
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 00010111 said
Most 'god-fearing' people ain't sh*t.

Even worse, the countries where people make the most noise about 'god' are some the most unstable, barbaric and unequal.

Unfortunately, you're right about most God fearing people being unable to walk the walk when it comes to the most difficult spiritual task there is: Loving other people.

The action is so much more difficult than the word.
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 4 weeks ago '06        #6
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MLK was so well-spoken and articulate that only he could accomplish what he did. I definitely would not be where I am today without his sacrifice. People need to step up and challenge the status quo and demand their fair shake in life. Upward mobility in life is like trying to row up-stream against a raging river. Going with the flow is easy and will take you where everyone else is. Happy MLK day everybody.
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 00010111 said
Most 'god-fearing' people ain't sh*t.

Even worse, the countries where people make the most noise about 'god' are some the most unstable, barbaric and unequal.
Idunno why posts like this get downvoted it’s the realest sh*t. So much evil and atrocity has been done i. The name of ‘a God’.

It’s why the world is in so turmoil now, religion can’t control the population like it used to. I figure myself a spiritual personal and an enlightened one. I have talked to many that have led me on this path of life and as is everything it takes balance. Humanism and Spirituality can indeed work in tandem, but what ends up happening corruption leads men to forget them or worse use them in the wrong ways to incite hate, war, and fear.
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 4 weeks ago '19        #8
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 00010111 said
Most 'god-fearing' people ain't sh*t.

Even worse, the countries where people make the most noise about 'god' are some the most unstable, barbaric and unequal.



Don't they have a big Easter procession in Juarez Mexico ??? I wonder does that take place before or after the cartels behe*d their enemies???
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 4 weeks ago '05        #9
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@1:41

Now who does that sound like to you?


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 00010111 said
Most people ain't sh*t.
Fixed. Never understood why y'all choose to criticize one group of people
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 CALL AGAIN said
Idunno why posts like this get downvoted it’s the realest sh*t.
Because it's dumb to point out one group of people. People aren't sh*t for the most part regardless of their religion yet for some reason this site loves singling out religious people. For every 1 person who has started a war in the name of religion their are literally thousands who simply praise and try to get by in life. Y'all n*ggas weird af when it comes to religion..
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Doctor King wanted America to finally pay the reparations for slavery that we were promised and owed. Rest In Peace Doctor King.










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 CALL AGAIN said
Idunno why posts like this get downvoted it’s the realest sh*t. So much evil and atrocity has been done i. The name of ‘a God’.

It’s why the world is in so turmoil now, religion can’t control the population like it used to. I figure myself a spiritual personal and an enlightened one. I have talked to many that have led me on this path of life and as is everything it takes balance. Humanism and Spirituality can indeed work in tandem, but what ends up happening corruption leads men to forget them or worse use them in the wrong ways to incite hate, war, and fear.
Understanding perhaps, would be a better basis than God or religion.

But my question is, how do you cultivate understanding on a global scale?

I am a Christian, my religion/faith doesn't call for me to k*ll or harm anyone and also shows me a guide and a spiritual basis on how I can get through life while doing this.

With that being said, misunderstandings are dangerous. I could just be walking and handling my business and I get confronted by someone who thinks I'm someone else or I get confronted by a weird MF that been doing hallucinagenics. These two people lack understanding enough to keep the peace.

Religion is a set of rules that people follow to understand each other. We already know that people are not going to act right without some kind of rules. We don't yet live in a time where love for one another over rules our survival mechanism/self preservation.

Until that time comes, we need to recognize why religions and rules exist. People have wrote books on how they think people in the world should interact for smooth sailing. One of those the Bible. It's kept me afloat. Its also kept me open to understanding.
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King "saw racial injustice, economic injustice, and war as three of the world's great evils."






While the likes of President Donald Trump, right-wing Republicans, and Pentagon officials—in addition to many liberals—marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with selective quotes and messages, others aimed to challenge their whitewashed narrative of the civil rights leader’s legacy with detailed reminders of King’s scathing critique of not only racism but also capitalism, militarism, and imperialism.

Among those who spoke out leading up to the Monday holiday was Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, who said over the weekend that “in this historical moment, we especially need to remember the real Martin Luther King, because there are a lot of false portraits that are being pandered in the public square.”

The real King, Barber explained, “found himself having to take on a society he loved so much he had to criticize it—a society he properly diagnosed as having a neurotic sickness and a septic commitment to racism, poverty, and militarism that was destroying its soul and ripping apart its moral promises and possibilities.”




As King told the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) board on March 30, 1967, “The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.”

Just a few days later, on April 4, 1967—exactly one year before King was a*sassinated—he delivered an infamous speech at Riverside Church in New York City condemning the Vietnam War. He called for an end to the “nightmarish conflict” as well as for the nation to “undergo a radical revolution of values,” saying in part:

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A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald pointed to “that extraordinary speech” and “how completely [King’s] vehement anti-war advocacy is ignored when commemorating his life (just as his economic views are)” in a 2013 column for The Guardian that he shared on Twitter Monday. In his column, Greenwald wrote:

What I always found most impressive, most powerful, about King’s April 4 speech is the connection he repeatedly made between American violence in the world and its national character. Endless war wasn’t just destructive in its own right, but is something that ensures that America’s “soul becomes totally poisoned,” fosters “spiritual death,” perpetuates the “malady within the American spirit,” and elevates “the Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them.” In sum, to pursue endless war is “to worship the god of hate” and “bow before the altar of retaliation.”

This is the overarching point that drives our current debates about war and militarism through today. The debasement of the national psyche, the callousness toward continuous k*lling, the belief that the U.S. has not only the right but the duty to bring violence anywhere in the world that it wants: that is what lies at the heart of America’s ongoing embrace of endless war. A rotted national soul does indeed enable leaders to wage endless war, but endless war also rots the national soul, exactly as King warned. At times this seems to be an inescapable, self-perpetuating cycle of degradation.

“On MLK Day, worth remembering his stirring, passionate condemnation of U.S. militarism,” Greenwald tweeted Monday, “and his arguments about why opposition to it can’t be extricated from anti-racism or anti-poverty activism.”

Various political figures, academics, activists, and reporters also used social media to spotlight King’s true legacy:









Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) also took to Twitter Monday to call for honoring King by acknowledging his actual record, noting that he “saw racial injustice, economic injustice, and war as three of the world’s great evils.”

Omar shared a 2018 “must-read” editorial from The Charlotte Observer, republished last week, which explained that King “was not the cuddly creature we re-invent every King Day to lie to ourselves and our kids about how he only wanted us to get along.”

King “was a radical progressive,” the group Public Citizen tweeted Monday. “Do not allow America to whitewash his legacy.”



Others—including this writer—have repeatedly used the national holiday to combat sanitized narratives. In 2016, Zaid Jilani published a piece for The Intercept titled, “Martin Luther King Jr. Celebrations Overlook His Critiques of Capitalism and Militarism.”

As Candice Benbow wrote for Essence in 2018:

He was suspected to be communist, considered a race baiter, and was deemed the most dangerous man in America by the FBI. But the past few decades have canonized him into sainthood and it is virtually impossible to travel in many communities without seeing a street named in his honor.

[….]

The universal adoration of Dr. King can only be described as a willful decision to mischaracterize his person and work. Detaching Dr. King from his radical, socialist, left-leaning politics is the only way many Americans who now praise him can do so with (what they think is) a clear conscience.

Decrying the soundbites and revised histories that circulate on this day each year, Benbow added that “whitewashing Dr. King’s radical legacy to make him more palpable to the masses works to alleviate America’s conscience and sell the lie that we are post-racial. But we know the truth.”




King was heavy advocate for reparations and getting the bag


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 titans7 said
Doctor King wanted America to finally pay the reparations for slavery that we were promised and owed. Rest In Peace Doctor King.








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 4 weeks ago '16        #16
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 Rule 336 said
Fixed. Never understood why y'all choose to criticize one group of people
You don't understand why people should be criticized for holding onto unfounded, outlandish ideas?
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 00010111 said
You don't understand why people should be criticized for holding onto unfounded, outlandish ideas?
That is not exclusive to religious people... My point isn't about you calling them out, it's about why you only single them out?
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 00010111 said
Most 'god-fearing' people ain't sh*t.

Even worse, the countries where people make the most noise about 'god' are some the most unstable, barbaric and unequal.
i told a bi*ch a few nights ago , most people with money , most scientist , and philsophers who've made a contribution to society , believe in a higher power of some sort

99% of atheist have made no significant changes to society , like you literally cannot think of world renowned atheist beyond dawkins

either stand for something or fall for anything

take it for what you want , but non -believers aint sh*t
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few years ago it was said that a few guys stepped up mentioning that he was undercover gay and that they had secret relationships with him.
any confirmation on this?
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 SUCIO said
few years ago it was said that a few guys stepped up mentioning that he was undercover gay and that they had secret relationships with him.
any confirmation on this?
asking the important questions.

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I had a lean
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 SUCIO said
few years ago it was said that a few guys stepped up mentioning that he was undercover gay and that they had secret relationships with him.
any confirmation on this?




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 00010111 said
Most 'god-fearing' people ain't sh*t.

Even worse, the countries where people make the most noise about 'god' are some the most unstable, barbaric and unequal.
You’ve got a real good point with that one.

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 riga89 said
MLK was so well-spoken and articulate that only he could accomplish what he did. I definitely would not be where I am today without his sacrifice. People need to step up and challenge the status quo and demand their fair shake in life. Upward mobility in life is like trying to row up-stream against a raging river. Going with the flow is easy and will take you where everyone else is. Happy MLK day everybody.


I like everything you said above man. Happy MLK to you too.
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 4 weeks ago '17        #25
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Rest in power Dr. King
I'm always queasy when the US establishment try and co-opt this man, as one of the major branches of government wanted him dead and wouldn't rest until he was (FBI/J Edna Hoover)
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