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What Would MLK Say?

January 17, 2011

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Would Martin Luther King Junior Approve?

Greetings dear reader, and welcome to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2011.  This is the day our overlords in the city of Washington have chosen to celebrate the birth of the great civil rights spokesman, Martin Luther King, Jr.  Now if you are as old as I am, you will recall King leading protest marches in the street, wa-a-a-a-a-y back in the 1960’s.  And I got to wondering – could such a thing be done today, in 2011?

Would MLK’s message of civil disobedience be tolerated?

Would the *authorities* even grant MLK  a *permit* to speak freely, in front of a large group?  Would MLK tolerate being shoved into a “Free Speech Zone”, behind chain link fence?  Would the ruling class tolerate his mesage of contempt for the ruling class?

MLK was opposed to the war in Viet Nam.  Today we are fighting two foreign wars.  MLK was opposed to the unequal treatment of people, yet we read of congressmen who want to be treated better than the common people as they pass through our airports.  Martin Luther King Junior had a dream, and here, on the day commemorating the day of his birth, I cannot help but wonder – are we moving closer to his dream, or further from it.  And why?

I would love to have your comments.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Caines permalink
    January 17, 2011 5:30 pm

    Well… in my opinion, only certain groups would be able to get away with marching in the streets today. The media would be all over the Tea Party, but support for other groups would be supported. I don’t think that inside “we” are a lot different from the ’60s (I was there too). I wish it was really a better world, but the mix of good/bad seems about the same to me.

    • Uncle Milton permalink*
      January 20, 2011 4:58 pm

      It feels about the same, except for one thing: What happened to the anti-war movement? It seems that in the 60’s there was a large segment of society that hated war. Now one can hardly avoid the rah-rah cheerleaders demanding support for our troops.

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