Forum Post: Why the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. matters RIGHT NOW to poor people, the middle class & Occupy supporters
Posted 11 years ago on Jan. 9, 2013, 11:08 a.m. EST by therising
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UPDATE: Here is link to Cornel West giving a passionate account of King's legacy. West gives his reasons for being upset that President Obama is choosing to be sworn in on MLK, Jr.'s bible. Prepare to be blow away just like Newt Gingrich was in the background: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96d_CzrfxsM --- Powerful stuff.
ORIGINAL POST - WHY THE ASSASSINATION OF MLK MATTERS RIGHT NOW
Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. This man represented a such a threat to the power structure that the power structure felt the need to kill him. What was this peaceful man doing that made him such a threat?
The threat was that he was uniting people and pulling the gauze of propaganda and division from people's eyes. He was daring to speak the truth out loud that we're all in this together.
We can all speak up and declare that truth and be safe. They can't get to all of us. If we remain nonviolent and continue this virtuous cycle of awakening, soon there will be so many of us that they won't have a chance to stop us. They'll be like that little man behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz who had been perceived as the great and powerful oz, bellowing into his microphone. Once we awaken to our collective strength, the power of fear and division held by the 1% disappears. Once the curtain is pulled back, we realize that we've had the power all along. There are 99 of us for every 1 of them. I like those odds.
TrevorMnemonic put it this way: "The power elite cannot combat [nonviolence]. They prefer people to be violent, because then they can use all forms of oppression, like police brutality, to shut them down and the public will be okay with that, or even support the brutality. . . The majority of people will not support a violent crackdown on a peaceful organization gaining popularity. . . The way they push MLK day is biased toward the power elite. They always play his dream speech, but they never show his speeches on economic inequality or corporate rule. In fact, they never once mentioned those speeches on economic inequality when they taught MLK in my school. King started to move more toward that direction as well. 'He tried to give the power to the have-nots. And then came the shot.'" (end TrevorMnemonic quote).
King got shot soon after he participated in a garbage workers strike. He was moving more and more towards income inequality. He also got shot just as he was beginning to link the peace movement with the civil rights movement which meant he was bringing black people and white people together under one cause which all related to income inequality in the end. This REALLY MAKES ME ANGRY BUT IT ALSO GIVES ME EVEN MORE RESOLVE AND HOPE BECAUSE it reaffirms the POWER OF NONVIOLENCE, THE THREAT IT PRESENTS TO THE POWERS THAT BE.
FBI files released under the freedom of information act show that Coretta Scott King was followed around for 2 years by the FBI after her husband's assassination to make absolutely certain she did not continue King's effort to link the peace movement with the civil rights movement. Joining the white students and poor kids going to Vietnam and their families TO African Americans and people of all races fighting in the civil rights movement was too big and scary for the 1%.
This REALLY REALLY PISSES ME OFF. I am angry just writing these words because they got away with it. But now we have an opportunity to bring nonviolent force again and right this wrong. Always sticking to the principles of nonviolence. The people are rising. And we ain't stopping for nothin. No fucking way.
Do you know anyone who still buys the notion that King was killed by James Earl Ray? Well, read on. . .
J. Edgar Hoover once brazenly declared in an FBI memo that "Through counterintelligence, it should be possible to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralize them.". He directly discusses the threat he perceives from from Martin Luther King, Jr. Read this short memo. Then think about the timing here.
(original docs from NSA archives: http://nsarchive.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/pages-from-churchv6_12_exhibits.pdf )
Mar 4, 1968 = The date on that memo from Hoover.
Apr 4, 1968 = The date of King's assassination
The facts show that James Earl Ray did not kill King: The two separate ballistic tests conducted on the Remington Gamemaster allegedly used by Ray in the assassination did not match the bullet to the gun. Moreover, witnesses surrounding King at the moment of the shooting say the shot was fired from a different location, from behind thick shrubbery near the rooming house, and not from the rooming house window.
According to witness Lloyd Jowers, James Earl Ray was a scapegoat, and not involved in the assassination. Jowers believed that Memphis police officer Lieutenant Earl Clark fired the fatal shot. In 1999, the King family conducted a civil case to consider the existence of an assassination conspiracy.
The verdict was that King had been the victim of assassination by a conspiracy involving the Memphis police as well as federal agencies.
This verdict affirmed Ray's innocence, which the King family has always maintained. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.#Ray_as_scapegoat
Author Jim Douglass:"What I experienced in that courtroom ranged from inspiration at the courage of the Kings to amazement at the government's carefully interwoven plot to kill Dr. King. The seriousness with which US intelligence agencies planned the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks eloquently of the threat King and nonviolence represented to the powers that be in the spring of 1968."
Now fast forward to 2011-2012 and look what the FBI and other agencies are doing NOW: http://m.guardiannews.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/29/fbi-coordinated-crackdown-occupy .
It's time for the people to rise and engage in nonviolent action of all kinds, whether it's speaking the truth during casual conversation with another person or engaging in larger nonviolent actions like sit ins, blockades, strikes, boycotts, walk outs, street theater or any other of the countless forms of nonviolent protest. We need to create healthy nonviolent TENSION.
We can't be afraid of that word. Here's why:
King explained the use of active non-violent resistance as follows in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”:
"Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. . . The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation.”
Let's rise. :)
*Full text of Naomi Wolf article plus comparison of present day U.S. to 1967 South Africa on indefinite detainment here: http://occupywallst.org/forum/police-dhs-working-for-with-banks-to-target-neutra/