“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
― George Orwell
“Martin Luther King wasnt killed because he had a dream. He was killed because he woke up.“
– The Honorable Louis Farrakhan
When you study the life of Martin Luther King Jr. you will often come across his “I Have a Dream” speech or you will see how he was non violent or you may see how he got his philosophy from Gandhi. Most people learn the surface facts about Mr. King and the problem is that most stop there and don’t go further into what he really dealt with and how he really felt. For example, most people don’t know that Martin was a republican or that most African Americans were republican before JFK ran and got elected from a lot of black votes. They may also be surprised to know that King also traveled with a pistol, yes he was about peace but he knew what was real and who he was dealing with.
History often writes Martin Luther King as a peaceful resister who was trying to push integration and the assimilation of black folk into white society but King 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. America has managed to take most of the gains of the civil rights movement away from the black folks that struggled and died in it. The civil rights movement did more for white women and the LGBT community than it did for African Americans. King was focused on real concrete results not just the “idea” of civil rights.
Towards the end of his life he began to realize that America was only going to go so far in giving civil rights he understood that it was about what America “did” not what they “thought”. Martin Luther King Jr. grew and changed during his life in the struggle. It kind of seems like he started his journey in the struggle with the intent of gaining “equal rights” for black people but as the struggle went on he began to understand the original intent even by law was never for black people to be assimilated into American society. Within the constitution black people are not even considered to be human and therefore have no rights that a white man is bound to honor or respect. King then realized that black people had to build something for themselves and not totally integrate and give all our power which lies in our money to white folks. King was once said something to the extent of integrating his people into a burning house, it seems like he realized that he had done all this work to get black folks integrated into a society that was heavily flawed and that it may actually be better for us not to totally separate but to have our own.
As Martin grew in the struggle he took a view of opposition on Vietnam and what he called the “redistribution of pain” through economic withdrawal. He took on the view that integrating lunch counters was no good if black folk didn’t have enough money to have lunch at that integrated lunch counter he began to talk about what black folks are really owed for building this country. He said that instead of wasting all the $ that they were wasting in Vietnam they should be using that $ at home in America to help the poor. Money is a big part of living in America, and the fact that Martin was assassinated when he began to focus on the economic development is a testament to that. Marches and rallies don’t shake up things, but if you start talking about the $ and it’s on.
LET’S NOT FORGET THAT IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT THE U.S GOVERNMENT ASSASSINATED MARTIN LUTHER KING. While King was meeting with L.B.J in the oval office they were planning his assassination in the next room. The alphabet boys (C.I.A, F.B.I, etc.) had him under heavy surveillance and J Edgar Hoover fully intended to neutralize and destroy any black movement that may help the people. Remember he was going to “stop the rise of a black messiah”. What really got under black folks skin about the assassination of King was that he was seen as the peaceful one. M.L.K was one of our leaders that we thought white America could accept. To a lot of black folk that indicated that they would kill any of us or all of us if they would kill the one that was actually trying to make peace with them after all they did and do to us. The assassination of Malcolm made more sense, he was radical he was Muslim he wanted to separate etc.
King’s work should be closely studied and continued until it is done.