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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the real MLK

January 17, 2013

"You know they went after king
When he spoke out on vietnam
He turned the power to the have-nots
And then came the shot"
--Rage Against The Machine
Wake Up

"The image of America will never again be the image of
revolution, freedom, and democracy, but the image of violence and
militarism.”"
--Dr. MLK

Dr. Martin Luther King said that the United States of AmeriKa is “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”

"From Vietnam to South Africa to Latin America, King said, the U.S. was "on the wrong side of a world revolution." King questioned "our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America," and asked why the U.S. was suppressing revolutions "of the shirtless and barefoot people" in the Third World, instead of supporting them.

You haven't heard the "Beyond Vietnam" speech on network news retrospectives, but national media heard it loud and clear back in 1967 — and loudly denounced it. Life magazine called it "demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi." The Washington Post patronized that "King has diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people."

In his last months, King was organizing the most militant
project of his life: the Poor People's Campaign. He crisscrossed the
country to assemble "a multiracial army of the poor" that would
descend on Washington — engaging in nonviolent civil isobedience at the Capitol, if need be — until Congress enacted a poor people's bill of rights. Reader's Digest warned of an "insurrection."

King's economic bill of rights called for massive government jobs programs to rebuild America's cities. He saw a crying need to confront a Congress that had demonstrated its "hostility to the poor" — appropriating "military funds with alacrity and generosity," but providing "poverty funds with miserliness."--By Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon

The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV
http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=2269/

"You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because you are afraid.... You refuse to do it because you want to live longer.... You're afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you're afraid that somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse to take the stand.

Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you're just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit."

-- Martin Luther King Jr.

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

"I call on the young men of America who must make a choice today to take a stand on this issue. Tomorrow may be too late. The book may close. And don't let anybody make you think that God chose America as his divine, messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world. God has a way of standing before the nations with judgment, and it seems that I can hear God saying to America, "You're too arrogant! And if you don't change your ways, I will rise up and break the backbone of your power, and I'll place it in the hands of a nation that doesn't even know my name. Be still and know that I'm God." "--Martin Luther King, Sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church on April 30, 1967

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16183.htm

"By creating the Martin Luther King holiday and "educating" us about him in school, the government purposely created an environment where nobody feels the need to look up his speeches and learn his criticism of the environment. All they do is show us the "I have a dream!" speech in English class, and everyone ignores everything else about MLK! If you cite his criticism of the government and Vietnam War, they just call you a "conspiracy theorist"! It's pathetic! Nobody knows the true MLK!"

Martin Luther King Would Vote Against Obama
http://chicagobluesgirl.com/2011/10/17/martin-luther-king-would-vote-aga...

"...the chronology jumps from 1965 to 1968. Yet King didn't
take a sabbatical near the end of his life. In fact, he was speaking
and organizing as diligently as ever.

Almost all of those speeches were filmed or taped. But they're not shown today on TV.

Why?

It's because national news media have never come to terms with what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for during his final years.

He decried the huge income gaps between rich and poor, and called for "radical changes in the structure of our society" to
redistribute wealth and power.

You haven't heard the "Beyond Vietnam" speech on network news retrospectives, but national media heard it loud and clear back in 1967 — and loudly denounced it. Life magazine called it "demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi." The Washington Post patronized that "King has diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people."

In his last months, King was organizing the most militant
project of his life: the Poor People's Campaign. He crisscrossed the
country to assemble "a multiracial army of the poor" that would
descend on Washington — engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience at the Capitol, if need be — until Congress enacted a poor people's bill of rights.

King's economic bill of rights called for massive government jobs programs to rebuild America's cities. He saw a crying need to confront a Congress that had demonstrated its "hostility to the poor" — appropriating "military funds with alacrity and generosity," but providing "poverty funds with miserliness."
--by Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon

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