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21 Jan 2019, 4:33 pm

Happy Martin Luther King day, all. King fought for justice for millions and advocated non-violence even as his movement was met with violence at every turn, until he too fell victim to the same racist violence. I thought today would be a good day to remember those views that the mainstream media (liberal outlets absolutely included) would prefer to ignore in order to push narratives that King would have found appalling:

From King's "The Other America" speech in 1968:
"[It] is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? … It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity."

From King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" in 1963:
"I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

From a letter to Coretta Scott in 1952:
"I imagine you already know that I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic. And yet I am not so opposed to capitalism that I have failed to see its relative merits. It started out with a noble and high motive, viz, to block the trade monopolies of nobles, but like most human systems, it falls victim to the very thing it was revolting against. So today capitalism has outlived its usefulness. It has brought about a system that takes necessities from the masses to give luxuries to the classes."


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21 Jan 2019, 4:37 pm

He was a top-notch guy. He’s a hero to most.



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21 Jan 2019, 10:19 pm

I'm drinking a toast to the King, even as I type this.


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21 Jan 2019, 10:27 pm

I like him a lot. He was a better man than Malcom X.


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21 Jan 2019, 10:38 pm

TW1ZTY wrote:
I like him a lot. He was a better man than Malcom X.


He certainly was. Toward the end of his life, I think even Malcolm X realized that fact.


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22 Jan 2019, 8:50 am

It's a pity there's not more tributes to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King on this Forum.



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22 Jan 2019, 9:01 am

kraftiekortie wrote:
It's a pity there's not more tributes to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King on this Forum.


I agree, he was a great man. If only he could have lived to see the progress that was made with his ideals.



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23 Jan 2019, 2:27 pm

He was the ultimate Sweet Pea of the 1960s.


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