Monday, April 07, 2008

The prophetic anger of MLK. . .What Should We Change

'A few years ago, there was a shining moment in that struggle. It seemed as if there was a real promise of hope for the poor, both black and white, through the poverty program. There were experiments, hopes, new beginnings. Then came the buildup in Vietnam, and I watched this program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war. And I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic, destructive suction tube. So I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such.

'I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government.'

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 4, 1967 address at
Church in New York


After 1965, the civil rights leader grew angrier over America's
unwillingness to change. "ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY of Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, few truthsring louder than this: Barack Obama and Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. express in part the fallen leader's split mind on race, a division marked by chronology and color.

See "The prophetic anger of MLK" By Michael Eric Dyson, April 4 2008 at:,0,1840793.story

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