If there is any consolation on the King holiday of 2017, it is the assurance that the American backlash is sure to generate new forms of multiracial resistance in the spirit of America itself. The union of free Americans who ejected slavery, embraced voting rights, shook off Jim Crow, and elected a mixed-race president is nothing if not resilient.
In real life, MLK was far more radical than the cherry-picked lines from his speeches would suggest, a man who moved further left over the course of his long and weary fight for civil rights. The next time you see MLK corrupted and misused as a tool of capitalism, racism, and unchecked white supremacy, recall that MLK said “a riot is the language of the unheard.”
On the surface, President Barack Obama’s farewell address recounted his achievements, values, and still-hopeful vision for America—much like the best speeches. But not far below was a clear template telling his supporters how and where to defend against threats by Trump and the GOP to the America they believe in.
This White Male Supremacy Violence Disease (WMSVD) insinuated itself deeply into the brains of successive generations of white humans in religious, government, educational, economic, media, and military institutions.
Dr. Martin Luther King’s name is being invoked by yet another conservative who has apparently never heard or read anything King said with the possible exception of the last few minutes of the “I Have A Dream” speech.
By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) In the emotionally potent historical drama Selma, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads a dangerous crusade to secure equal voting rights for black Americans. Oscar watchers expect the film to have as much impact as last year’s best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave. David Oyelowo, a […]
“I won’t have any money to leave behind. I won’t have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind.” — Martin Luther King Jr., Feb. 4, 1968 Maybe we should take up an offering. Obviously, the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. are […]
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometimes, you get the feeling that’s the only King quote conservatives know. They can’t […]
Among the many issues on which Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. focused was economic opportunity for all. Just over 50 years ago, Dr. King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on August 28, 1963. The rally confronted an array of political, social, and economic […]
Former Republican nominee for vice president Sarah Palin used the occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to attack the first African-American president of the United States: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, […]
Today, The National Memo brings you an excerpt from Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David L Chappell, professor of Modern American History at The University of Oklahoma. Chappell pays tribute to Dr. King’s legacy, as well as the accomplishments of other civil […]
WASHINGTON — We tend to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. we want to honor, not the Martin Luther King Jr. who actually existed. We forget the King who at the time of his ministry was labeled an “extremist,” who explicitly called out “moderates” for urging African-Americans to slow down their march to justice, who […]
As the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial dedication on Aug. 28 approaches, people have begun to wonder the extent to which Dr. King’s dream of racial equality has become reality. Recent studies suggest that Americans have seen advances in civil rights but that the goal of full equality is not yet accomplished. While a USA […]