Article: Samantha Bee Calls Out Mike Pence’s MLK Day Tweet With A Simple Reminder

Samantha Bee Calls Out Mike Pence’s MLK Day Tweet With A Simple Reminder

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Days after President Trump was heavily criticized for reportedly calling Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations “sh*thole countries,” the Trump administration commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In his own show of respect, Vice President Mike Pence shared on Twitter that he and his wife were “honored” to lay a wreath at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington D.C. on Monday. However, comedian Samantha Bee called out Pence’s MLK Day tweet, pointing out exactly why she believes it’s hypocritical.

The VP posted three photos of him placing a patriotic wreath in front of the granite monument that towers over West Potomac Park. “He was a great American leader who inspired a movement & transformed a Nation,” Pence tweeted. “He took the words of our Founders to heart to forge a more perfect union based on the notion all men are created equal & in the image of God.”

Bee wasn’t buying it. She retweeted the VP, adding: “Three months ago, you walked out of an event in disgust because of a non-violent protest by black athletes.” The comedian was referring to Pence leaving an October NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers after players knelt during the National Anthem as part of an ongoing protest.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first sat during the anthem in 2016. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he told NFL Media at the time. He later began kneeling rather than sitting as a show of respect for military veterans, and more NFL players joined him in protesting the nation’s treatment of people of color.

President Trump criticized the athletes engaging in nonviolent demonstrations at a rally in Alabama last September. He encouraged fans to “leave the stadium,” recommended NFL owners fire the protesters, and called a participating athlete a “son of a bitch.”

A month later, the VP took the president’s advice and left the stadium when he saw players kneeling. “I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence wrote on Twitter in October. “While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem.”

Bee’s tweet served as a reminder that Pence actively stood against athletes speaking out about racism in America just three months ago. Him laying a wreath on Dr. King’s grave on Monday was a symbolic gesture of respect for the Civil Rights leader’s legacy, but his recent actions have been in direct opposition with those fighting for equality today.

In fact, Dr. King’s daughter Bernice King compared the NFL protest to her father’s similarly nonviolent demonstrations. “No form of protest, even nonviolent direct action, will be approved by people ‘more dedicated to order than to justice’ or by the unjust,” she tweeted in response to Trump’s September comments. “People didn’t approve of the way my father protested injustice either; said he was causing trouble, called him an ‘outside agitator.'”

Along with Pence, President Trump was also criticized for his MLK Day activities. The White House tweeted a video on Monday of the president  saying Dr. King’s dream is the American dream. “It is the dream of a world where people are judged by who they are, not how they look or where they come from,” Trump said. Coming less than a week after Trump reportedly called Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations “sh*thole countries” in an Oval Office meeting and subsequently called himself “the least racist person,” the comments came off as tone deaf to many.

Those calling out Pence and Trump on MLK Day want the administration to do more for people of color than quote the Civil Rights icon or lay a wreath at his memorial. NFL protesters — and the rest of the Black Lives Matter movement — are still fighting for Dr. King’s dream to become a reality.

Article: Here���s how Republicans are whitewashing Martin Luther King, Jr. this year

Here’s how Republicans are whitewashing Martin Luther King, Jr.this year

Matthew Rozsa/Jan 15, 2018

  As happens every year, Republicans forget what Martin Luther King Jr. actually stood for

  Republican political leaders spent Monday trying to pay respect to Martin Luther King Jr. Day with their words, even as they defied its spirit through their actions.

  President Donald Trump set the example that all others followed by spending the holiday (where else?) at his private golf course in Florida. It came less than a week after Trump was expressed a preference for white, Nordic immigrants while calling a number of non-white countries — including El Salvador, Haiti and the nations of Africa — as “s**thole countries.” One day later, Trump signed a proclamation declaring the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

  The president is hardly alone among Republican politicians trying to awkwardly reconcile the obligatory words with their unsavory deeds. Rep. Steve King of Iowa posted a quote on his Twitter account of Dr. King discussing getting to “the promised land.” This is in spite of the fact that that promised land involved racial diversity, while Rep. King has repeatedly criticized diversity, and even tweeted a quote from a Hungarian white nationalist in December.

 

   

         

   

      Steve King (@SteveKingIA )   

   

      Martin Luther King,Jr. this MLK Day, “Ive been to the mountain top. And I’ve seen the promised land. …we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

      Steve King (@SteveKingIA )   

   

      Diversity is not our strength. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.” https://pgj.cc/PT7SoT   

   

      December 8, 2017   

 

  Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin also posted a King quote on his Twitter feed, even though one of King’s signature issues was guaranteeing that racial minorities would have fair access to the ballot. One of Walker’s chief legacies, on the other hand, is successfully pushing a voter ID law that exists mainly to keep racial minorities from voting in his state. Laws in both that state and North Carolina later proved crucial to Trump’s narrow electoral college victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

 

   

         

   

      Scott Walker (@ScottWalker )   

   

      Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today. May we always remember his message of freedom and equality for all. #MLKDay   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

  Then there is Vice President Mike Pence, who tweeted that King was “a great American leader who inspired a movement & transformed a nation.” Pence conveniently overlooked how the “movement” in question consisted of African Americans protesting racial injustice even when they were harshly criticized for doing so. In October, Pence attended an Indianapolis Colts game just so that he could walk out after players kneeled during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice.

 

   

         

   

         

   

         

   

      Vice President Mike Pence (@VP )   

   

      Honored to lay a wreath at MLK Jr. Memorial w/ @SecondLady . He was a great American leader who inspired a movement & transformed a Nation. He took the words of our Founders to heart to forge a more perfect union based on the notion all men are created equal & in the image of God.   

   

      January 14, 2018   

 

  House Speaker Paul Ryan, meanwhile, posted a tweet that mentioned among other things reading the sermons penned by Dr. King. This is particularly ironic, given that King was a staunch critic of capitalism and would have almost certainly been horrified by Ryan’s economic policies that benefit the wealthy at the expense of the poor.

 

   

         

   

      Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan )   

   

      Today we remember a great man and his work. We read his sermons. We recall his sacrifices. We give back. In doing these things, we raise our gaze and renew the spirit in which we serve one another. Such is the calling of #MLKDay .   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

  Finally there’s Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who tweeted a memory about being a student at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., which was famously integrated by the American military after the district refused to desegregate.

 

   

      Sarah Sanders (@PressSec )   

   

      Twenty years ago as a student at Central High I watched President @BillClinton and my dad @GovMikeHuckabee open the doors for the Little Rock Nine – the same doors that had previously been closed to them because they were black. A moment I’ll never forget. #MLKDay   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

  This may have been a nice enough memory, but as humorist Peter Sagal — host of a documentary about the Constitution — noted in reply, after Little Rock public schools were desegregated, things didn’t magically get better.

 

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      Funny you mention that. I talked to Minniejean (Brown) Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, about that very day in front of CHS for my documentary, “Constitution USA.” https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/952906112562614272 …   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        Funny you mention that. I talked to Minniejean (Brown) Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, about that very day in front of CHS for my documentary, “Constitution USA.” https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/952906112562614272 …     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      You would think that of all people, she would be satisfied with the government’s response to racism and hate. Ike sent the 101st Airborne to escort her to class!   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        You would think that of all people, she would be satisfied with the government’s response to racism and hate. Ike sent the 101st Airborne to escort her to class!     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      But what I didn’t know is that after the 101st left, CHS expelled her on a trumped up charge of assault after she spilled some chili on a white student.   

   

      She spilled some chili. After being tripped by another white kid. “We got rid of one of them!” the teachers bragged.   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        But what I didn’t know is that after the 101st left, CHS expelled her on a trumped up charge of assault after she spilled some chili on a white student.     

     

        She spilled some chili. After being tripped by another white kid. “We got rid of one of them!” the teachers bragged.     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      Then, of course, rather than continue to allow black students to attend CHS, the governor of Alabama closed the schools. http://ift.tt/1LhfZSe … “The_Lost_Year”   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        Then, of course, rather than continue to allow black students to attend CHS, the governor of Alabama closed the schools. http://ift.tt/1LhfZSe … “The_Lost_Year”     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      Ms Brown looked around the country post high school. She saw Jim Crow, firehoses turned on Blacks, the murder of the Birmingham Four and the Mississippi Three. She moved to Canada.   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        Ms Brown looked around the country post high school. She saw Jim Crow, firehoses turned on Blacks, the murder of the Birmingham Four and the Mississippi Three. She moved to Canada.     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      As of 2012, she found herself coming back to Little Rock, a place she told me she never wanted to see again. But she had family. And the National Historic Site center was there. She liked to drop by, talk to the kids about what happened.   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        As of 2012, she found herself coming back to Little Rock, a place she told me she never wanted to see again. But she had family. And the National Historic Site center was there. She liked to drop by, talk to the kids about what happened.     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      Now she lives in Little Rock full time. She doesn’t care that her name is inscribed on a bench in front of the school. She doesn’t care that your dad welcomed her back in ’99. She spends time at the Center, telling people what really happened. You should go talk to her.   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        Now she lives in Little Rock full time. She doesn’t care that her name is inscribed on a bench in front of the school. She doesn’t care that your dad welcomed her back in ’99. She spends time at the Center, telling people what really happened. You should go talk to her.     

   

   

         

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      Here’s me, talking to Ms Trickey and Marty Sammon, who served with the 101st at Little Rock. Buddy Squiers on camera. CHS is off to the left. http://pic.twitter.com/ft4LUBf3sr   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        Here’s me, talking to Ms Trickey and Marty Sammon, who served with the 101st at Little Rock. Buddy Squiers on camera. CHS is off to the left. http://pic.twitter.com/ft4LUBf3sr     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      http://ift.tt/15p8Exx …   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

  Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Article: Here���s how Republicans are whitewashing Martin Luther King, Jr. this year

Here’s how Republicans are whitewashing Martin Luther King, Jr.this year

Matthew Rozsa/Jan 15, 2018

  As happens every year, Republicans forget what Martin Luther King Jr. actually stood for

  Republican political leaders spent Monday trying to pay respect to Martin Luther King Jr. Day with their words, even as they defied its spirit through their actions.

  President Donald Trump set the example that all others followed by spending the holiday (where else?) at his private golf course in Florida. It came less than a week after Trump was expressed a preference for white, Nordic immigrants while calling a number of non-white countries — including El Salvador, Haiti and the nations of Africa — as “s**thole countries.” One day later, Trump signed a proclamation declaring the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

  The president is hardly alone among Republican politicians trying to awkwardly reconcile the obligatory words with their unsavory deeds. Rep. Steve King of Iowa posted a quote on his Twitter account of Dr. King discussing getting to “the promised land.” This is in spite of the fact that that promised land involved racial diversity, while Rep. King has repeatedly criticized diversity, and even tweeted a quote from a Hungarian white nationalist in December.

 

   

         

   

      Steve King (@SteveKingIA )   

   

      Martin Luther King,Jr. this MLK Day, “Ive been to the mountain top. And I’ve seen the promised land. …we, as a people, will get to the promised land.”   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

      Steve King (@SteveKingIA )   

   

      Diversity is not our strength. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, “Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.” https://pgj.cc/PT7SoT   

   

      December 8, 2017   

 

  Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin also posted a King quote on his Twitter feed, even though one of King’s signature issues was guaranteeing that racial minorities would have fair access to the ballot. One of Walker’s chief legacies, on the other hand, is successfully pushing a voter ID law that exists mainly to keep racial minorities from voting in his state. Laws in both that state and North Carolina later proved crucial to Trump’s narrow electoral college victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

 

   

         

   

      Scott Walker (@ScottWalker )   

   

      Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today. May we always remember his message of freedom and equality for all. #MLKDay   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

  Then there is Vice President Mike Pence, who tweeted that King was “a great American leader who inspired a movement & transformed a nation.” Pence conveniently overlooked how the “movement” in question consisted of African Americans protesting racial injustice even when they were harshly criticized for doing so. In October, Pence attended an Indianapolis Colts game just so that he could walk out after players kneeled during the National Anthem to protest racial injustice.

 

   

         

   

         

   

         

   

      Vice President Mike Pence (@VP )   

   

      Honored to lay a wreath at MLK Jr. Memorial w/ @SecondLady . He was a great American leader who inspired a movement & transformed a Nation. He took the words of our Founders to heart to forge a more perfect union based on the notion all men are created equal & in the image of God.   

   

      January 14, 2018   

 

  House Speaker Paul Ryan, meanwhile, posted a tweet that mentioned among other things reading the sermons penned by Dr. King. This is particularly ironic, given that King was a staunch critic of capitalism and would have almost certainly been horrified by Ryan’s economic policies that benefit the wealthy at the expense of the poor.

 

   

         

   

      Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan )   

   

      Today we remember a great man and his work. We read his sermons. We recall his sacrifices. We give back. In doing these things, we raise our gaze and renew the spirit in which we serve one another. Such is the calling of #MLKDay .   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

  Finally there’s Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who tweeted a memory about being a student at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., which was famously integrated by the American military after the district refused to desegregate.

 

   

      Sarah Sanders (@PressSec )   

   

      Twenty years ago as a student at Central High I watched President @BillClinton and my dad @GovMikeHuckabee open the doors for the Little Rock Nine – the same doors that had previously been closed to them because they were black. A moment I’ll never forget. #MLKDay   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

  This may have been a nice enough memory, but as humorist Peter Sagal — host of a documentary about the Constitution — noted in reply, after Little Rock public schools were desegregated, things didn’t magically get better.

 

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      Funny you mention that. I talked to Minniejean (Brown) Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, about that very day in front of CHS for my documentary, “Constitution USA.” https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/952906112562614272 …   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        Funny you mention that. I talked to Minniejean (Brown) Trickey, one of the Little Rock Nine, about that very day in front of CHS for my documentary, “Constitution USA.” https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/952906112562614272 …     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      You would think that of all people, she would be satisfied with the government’s response to racism and hate. Ike sent the 101st Airborne to escort her to class!   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        You would think that of all people, she would be satisfied with the government’s response to racism and hate. Ike sent the 101st Airborne to escort her to class!     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      But what I didn’t know is that after the 101st left, CHS expelled her on a trumped up charge of assault after she spilled some chili on a white student.   

   

      She spilled some chili. After being tripped by another white kid. “We got rid of one of them!” the teachers bragged.   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        But what I didn’t know is that after the 101st left, CHS expelled her on a trumped up charge of assault after she spilled some chili on a white student.     

     

        She spilled some chili. After being tripped by another white kid. “We got rid of one of them!” the teachers bragged.     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      Then, of course, rather than continue to allow black students to attend CHS, the governor of Alabama closed the schools. http://ift.tt/1LhfZSe … “The_Lost_Year”   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        Then, of course, rather than continue to allow black students to attend CHS, the governor of Alabama closed the schools. http://ift.tt/1LhfZSe … “The_Lost_Year”     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      Ms Brown looked around the country post high school. She saw Jim Crow, firehoses turned on Blacks, the murder of the Birmingham Four and the Mississippi Three. She moved to Canada.   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        Ms Brown looked around the country post high school. She saw Jim Crow, firehoses turned on Blacks, the murder of the Birmingham Four and the Mississippi Three. She moved to Canada.     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      As of 2012, she found herself coming back to Little Rock, a place she told me she never wanted to see again. But she had family. And the National Historic Site center was there. She liked to drop by, talk to the kids about what happened.   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        As of 2012, she found herself coming back to Little Rock, a place she told me she never wanted to see again. But she had family. And the National Historic Site center was there. She liked to drop by, talk to the kids about what happened.     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      Now she lives in Little Rock full time. She doesn’t care that her name is inscribed on a bench in front of the school. She doesn’t care that your dad welcomed her back in ’99. She spends time at the Center, telling people what really happened. You should go talk to her.   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        Now she lives in Little Rock full time. She doesn’t care that her name is inscribed on a bench in front of the school. She doesn’t care that your dad welcomed her back in ’99. She spends time at the Center, telling people what really happened. You should go talk to her.     

   

   

         

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      Here’s me, talking to Ms Trickey and Marty Sammon, who served with the 101st at Little Rock. Buddy Squiers on camera. CHS is off to the left. http://pic.twitter.com/ft4LUBf3sr   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

 

   

     

        ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )     

     

        Here’s me, talking to Ms Trickey and Marty Sammon, who served with the 101st at Little Rock. Buddy Squiers on camera. CHS is off to the left. http://pic.twitter.com/ft4LUBf3sr     

   

   

      ((((Peter Sagal)))) (@petersagal )   

   

      http://ift.tt/15p8Exx …   

   

      January 15, 2018   

 

  Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Article: Fox News proves that it���s creating an alternate reality

Fox News proves that it’s creating an
alternate reality

Jeremy Binckes/Jan 15, 2018

Fox misquotes President Barack Obama and tries to smear his words

Over the weekend, Fox News took the worst criticisms against them — that the network exists as a perpetual outrage machine designed to twist words in order to feed its viewers — and proved it right. The network also proved that it could take anything that President Obama said, and turn it into something else.

It all started when Fox took Obama out of context when the 44th president — appearing on David Letterman’s new Netflix show “My next guest needs no introduction” — said that news bubbles that are infiltrating American culture, thanks in part to social media.

“If you watch Fox News, you are living on a different planet than you are if you, you know, listen to NPR,” Obama said.

The line may been an echo of what Obama said in 2010 at the University of Michigan, that Americans were segregating themselves and using their sources of news to do it.

Still, if you’re somebody who only reads the editorial page of The New York Times, try glancing at the page of The Wall Street Journal once in a while. If you’re a fan of Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh, try reading a few columns on the Huffington Post website. It may make your blood boil; your mind may not be changed. But the practice of listening to opposing views is essential for effective citizenship. It is essential for our democracy.

But to Fox News, Obama’s statement may very well have been a declaration of war against the network. “Obama rips Fox News viewers: ‘You are living on a different planet'” FoxNews.com declared. The site used the comment to deliver pot shots at Obama, writing, “Obama has a long history of taking shots at Fox News but the recent comment marks his first public attack on the network and its viewers since leaving the White House.”

To Fox News host Sean Hannity, Obama wasn’t merely attacking Fox, he was declaring war.

“He’s right,” Hannity told Newt Gingrich Friday night. “The mainstream media, they want to destroy Trump, and they loved him. It’s that simple.”

And with that, Hannity retreated into his fantasy world, where the criticisms of President Donald Trump were all part of a plot to undermine democracy — that is, now that a Republican is in the Oval Office.

Here are 9 MLK quotes you won���t hear mainstream media cite today

Here are 9 MLK quotes you won’t hear mainstream media cite today

                                               

                                                                                           

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at Lincoln Memorial (Photo: National Archives)

                                       

                       

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The Martin Luther King Jr. who is cynically trotted out every time racial unrest erupts in our cities is the MLK who can be conveniently used to prop up the status quo. He is MLK reduced to “I Have A Dream,” used in conservative political ads to scare-monger about invading, job-stealing Mexican immigrants. He is the almost wholly fabricated MLK whom the modern GOP claims would today be one of their own, presumably standing alongside them as they vote against the poor, people of color and women of every race at every opportunity. He is MLK reimagined as the passive figure the fascist, racist right in this country wants us to be as they lean into the boot on our necks.

In reality, those examples rely on half-truths and half-reveals of who MLK truly was. In real, big-picture life, MLK was far more radical than the cherry-picked lines from his speeches and books would suggest, a man who moved further left over the course of his long and weary fight for African-American civil rights. By 1966, MLK had become an outspoken opponent of “liberal” white complicity in white supremacy, of American imperialism and warmongering, of the capitalist system itself. Modern right-wingers’ use of quotes from MLK (here are a few examples) twist and misuse his words in ways that belie much of what he ultimately came to stand for.

The next time you see MLK corrupted and misused as a tool of capitalism, racism, unchecked white supremacy and war, recall that MLK said “a riot is the language of the unheard.” Here are several more examples of MLK’s most radical statements.

1. “Why is equality so assiduously avoided? Why does white America delude itself, and how does it rationalize the evil it retains?

The majority of white Americans consider themselves sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class Utopia embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity.”

                                                   

                                                               

                           

                                                   

—  Where Do We Go From Here1967

2. “I contend that the cry of “Black Power” is, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changes necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot is the language of the unheard. And, what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the economic plight of the Negro poor has worsened over the last few years.”

— Interview with Mike Wallace, 1966

3. “But it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear?…It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”

—  “The Other America,” 1968

                                                                               

4. “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.”

—  “Revolution of Values,” 1967

5. “Again we have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that Capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor – both black and white, both here and abroad.”

—  “The Three Evils of Society,” 1967

6. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

                                                              

—“Beyond Vietnam,” 1967

“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. The reality of substantial investment to assist Negroes into the twentieth century, adjusting to Negro neighbors and genuine school integration, is still a nightmare for all too many white Americans…These are the deepest causes for contemporary abrasions between the races. Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook. He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.”

— Where Do We Go From Here1967

7. “The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.”

— “The Three Evils of Society,” 1967

8. “The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.”

— Southern Christian Leadership Conference speech, 1967

9. “First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.”

Letter From a Birmingham Jail, 1963

 

 

   

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Dreamer’s World January 15, 2018 – A Great Man

Today we honor a man who died struggling for his ideals, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was only a small child when Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. I remember my parents talking about him in later years as a man who was taken from us too soon. I think that Dr. King would be an invaluable voice today. We need someone like him to serve as our conscience in these troubled times as the ugly spectre of racism has stepped out boldly into plain sight.
Dr. King demonstrated that a single voice can affect great change for the better, sadly we now have the voice of hatred pulling our country in the opposite direction. Dr. King taught us how to bring out the best in humanity, how to build bridges to connect us rather than walls to divide us. Dr. King cared about the least among us, and worked to elevate them in their own eyes, and in the eyes of society at large. There are so few voices out there today that offer us the same hope for a better future for everyone, and not for just the privileged few.
Dr. King taught us that love will triumph over hate. It really seems hard to grasp when we look at the world today, but I still believe in what he said. We always will struggle against those who choose the easy option of hating others. What matters is that his message becomes the prevalent view in our society n order for us to move forward. We must educate each generation about what Dr King taught to us or his dream will slowly die. Like a flower, his message requires our constant care and attention in order to take root and grow. The threats are all around us, and they become more violent and brazen every single day. We need to care about each other more. We need to value the basic human dignity in all of us. We need to focus less on judging a person by their wealth, and more on their needs.
I don’t believe we can make true progress until we practice those things in our daily lives so often that we never think about them. We all have this choice to make. I choose to look once again to Dr. King, and his message of Hope and Brotherhood on this day, and every other day.

Note taken on January 15, 2018 at 05:36AM

For more information, visit http://ift.tt/2mv1q6W

Dreamer’s World January 15, 2018 – A Great Man

Today we honor a man who died struggling for his ideals, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was only a small child when Dr. King was assassinated in 1968. I remember my parents talking about him in later years as a man who was taken from us too soon. I think that Dr. King would be an invaluable voice today. We need someone like him to serve as our conscience in these troubled times as the ugly spectre of racism has stepped out boldly into plain sight.
Dr. King demonstrated that a single voice can affect great change for the better, sadly we now have the voice of hatred pulling our country in the opposite direction. Dr. King taught us how to bring out the best in humanity, how to build bridges to connect us rather than walls to divide us. Dr. King cared about the least among us, and worked to elevate them in their own eyes, and in the eyes of society at large. There are so few voices out there today that offer us the same hope for a better future for everyone, and not for just the privileged few.
Dr. King taught us that love will triumph over hate. It really seems hard to grasp when we look at the world today, but I still believe in what he said. We always will struggle against those who choose the easy option of hating others. What matters is that his message becomes the prevalent view in our society n order for us to move forward. We must educate each generation about what Dr King taught to us or his dream will slowly die. Like a flower, his message requires our constant care and attention in order to take root and grow. The threats are all around us, and they become more violent and brazen every single day. We need to care about each other more. We need to value the basic human dignity in all of us. We need to focus less on judging a person by their wealth, and more on their needs.
I don’t believe we can make true progress until we practice those things in our daily lives so often that we never think about them. We all have this choice to make. I choose to look once again to Dr. King, and his message of Hope and Brotherhood on this day, and every other day.

Note taken on January 15, 2018 at 05:36AM

For more information, visit http://ift.tt/2mv1q6W