Happy MLK Day!–possibly the ONLY legit national holiday in this racist (see e.g. prisons) burgeoning police state called Amerikka.
The government and media have completely whitewashed (no pun intended) King and his beliefs; but please, NEVER FORGET that Martin was actually a radical anti-war socialist, and the FBI knew his life was in danger, and they did NOTHING to protect him (in part because he was speaking out more and more against the Vietnam War, and criticizing the vast economic disparity in the country). One of the few pacifists I truly, genuinely, wholly respect and love.
“Martin Luther King Jr. was not just the safe-for-all-political-stripes civil-rights activist he is often portrayed as today. He was never just the “I Have a Dream” speech. He was an antiwar, anti-materialist activist whose views on American power would shock many of the same politicians who now scramble to sing his praises.” [emphasis added]
The above is from a great article called, “The Forgotten, Radical Martin Luther King, Jr.“, published today in the National Journal.
And finally, every year I celebrate his memory in my own way, which is to think and talk about everything he stood for–not just the simplified, toned-down mainstream versions–and do so while listening to U2’s phenomenal (and phenomenally gorgeous) 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire, which features not one but TWO songs about MLK. Here’s the first, Pride (In the Name of Love):
And here’s the FULL album if you want to join me this evening in my yearly tradition =)
From the song MLK:
And may your dreams
May they, indeed.
–Love and Liberation–