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  •  Dr King was Murdered to Silence His Voice (10+ / 0-)

    Those who want to limit him to being "only" a civil rights leader, concerned with combatting racism, collude in the effort to silence his voice.

    Conservatives who opposed King at the time, now use his "I have a dream speech" to argue against affirmative action.

    We still need to fight against the "triple evils" of racism, economic exploitation and militarism. The official, sanctioned view of King wants us to ignore the connections, accept the status quo. And, definitely, NOT participate in a radical revolution of values.

    First they ridicule you, then they demonize you and fight you, then they seek to co-opt you. If that fails, they will kill you. And, if your memory lives on, they will co-opt that image, sanitize it for their purposes and pretend they were always your ally.

    King may be the most outstanding example of this process.

    "... if I can lead you into the promised land someone else can just as easily lead you back out again." --Eugene Debs

    by Shliapnikov on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 12:54:46 PM PST

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    •  Also to "silence" courage. (0+ / 0-)

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 02:54:07 PM PST

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