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Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered for daring to challenge the status quo, for forcing Joe and Jane Sixpack to look at how the US system was responsible for much of the world’s suffering. He became persona non grata for demanding a systemic restructuring and redistribution of wealth in AmeriKKKa.

 

 

Books by and about  Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Strength to Love / The Measure of a Man Why We Can't Wait

A Testament of Hope  /  A Knock at Midnight   /  The Papers of  Martin Luther King, Jr., 1948-1963

 

Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story

 

Behind the Dream: The Making of the Speech that Transformed a Nation

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. vs The New World Order

By Junious Ricardo Stanton

And when one tries to pin down advocates of violence as to what acts would be effective, the answers are blatantly illogical. Sometimes they talk of overthrowing racist state and local governments and they talk about guerrilla warfare. They fail to see that no internal revolution has ever succeeded in overthrowing a government by violence unless the government had already lost the allegiance and effective control of its armed forces. Anyone in his right mind knows that this will not happen in the United States. In a violent racial situation, the power structure has the local police, the state troopers, the National Guard, and finally, the army to call on, all of which are predominantly white.

Furthermore, few, if any, violent revolutions have been successful unless the violent minority had the sympathy and support of the non-resisting majority. Castro may have had only a few Cubans actually fighting with him and up in the hills (Yes), but he would have never overthrown the Batista regime unless he had had the sickness of the vast majority of Cuban people. It is perfectly clear that a violent revolution on the part of American blacks would find no sympathy and support from the white population and very little from the majority of the Negroes themselves.

This is no time for romantic illusions and empty philosophical debates about freedom. This is a time for action. What is needed is a strategy for change, a tactical program that will bring the Negro into the mainstream of American life as quickly as possible. So far, this has only been offered by the nonviolent movement. Without recognizing this we will end up with solutions that don't solve, answers that don't answer, and explanations that don't explain.” Martin Luther King Jr.  "Where Do We Go From Here?" Annual Report Delivered at the 11th Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference 16 August 1967 Atlanta, Georgia

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., it is supremely ironic that forty years after his murder which was rooted in the very pathologies King singlehandedly forced AmeriKKKa to face are alive and well. Imperialism, militarism, racial superiority complexes and corporatist fascism are like a massive cancer that have metastasized during the past forty years to the point AmeriKKKa is rotted at its core. The stench is so foul now it can no longer be ignored, disguised or hidden. The same arrogance, greed, and racism that prompted the US to take the baton from France in an attempt to maintain an European colonial death grip in Vietnam under the guise of stopping global communism, drives the US imperial machine today. Only now they occupy, choke, bomb, plunder and murder Haitians, Iraqis and Afghans in the name of their bogus Global War on Terrorism.

Human beings are creatures of habit. We tend to do the same things over and over. So it is no surprise forty years later, the same out of control military industrial complex is shedding US blood, dissipating the US treasury and expanding the powers of the police state at home.

Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered for daring to challenge the status quo, for forcing Joe and Jane Sixpack to look at how the US system was responsible for much of the world’s suffering. He became persona non grata for demanding a systemic restructuring and redistribution of wealth in AmeriKKKa.

While the US elites claimed King was a communist, he was not. King knew communism was a bankrupt ideology and plainly said so,

I'm not talking about communism. What I'm talking about is far beyond communism. My inspiration didn't come from Karl Marx; my inspiration didn't come from Engels; my inspiration didn't come from Trotsky; my inspiration didn't come from Lenin. Yes, I read Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital a long time ago, and I saw that maybe Marx didn't follow Hegel enough.  He took his dialectics, but he left out his idealism and his spiritualism. And he went over to a German philosopher by the name of Feuerbach, and took his materialism and made it into a system that he called 'dialectical materialism'.  I have to reject that.

What I'm saying to you this morning is communism forgets that life is individual.  Capitalism forgets that life is social. And the kingdom of brotherhood is found neither in the thesis of communism nor the antithesis of capitalism, but in a higher synthesis. It is found in a higher synthesis that combines the truths of both.  Now, when I say questioning the whole society, it means ultimately coming to see that the problem of racism, the problem of economic exploitation, and the problem of war are all tied together.  These are the triple evils that are interrelated.” "Where Do We Go From Here?" Annual Report Delivered at the 11th Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference 16 August 1967 Atlanta, Georgia

King eloquently called for a radical restructuring of AmeriKKKan society and a re-examination of notions of wealth, justice and brotherhood. He put his action behind his words often finding himself alone, misunderstood and under relentless attack from whites and handkerchief head Negroes as he opposed the Vietnam War, the socio-economic disparities at home, as well as challenging the spiritual and psychological cancers rife in AmeriKKKa. For this he was murdered.

But, wait, the real  irony is the ruling elites were also planning and executing a radical restructuring of AmeriKKKan society and a definite redistribution of wealth. Only their plans call for the wealth to flow from us to them. The culmination of their plan is what we see happening now through globalization, the bogus War on Terror and the current economic meltdown. As Joe and Jane Sixpack lose their homes, their savings and their constitutional rights in 2008, the same forces that profited from the Vietnam War and AmeriKKKan apartheid in 1968, are getting over like fat rats manufacturing ordnance that will bomb babies around the world, incarcerate millions in AmeriKKKa, terrorize AmeriKKKans in the name of a War on Terror.

The military industrial banking cabal working with their FBI and CIA cohorts chose to “neutralize” (their term for murder)  King because they viewed him as a potential “Black Messiah.” The Martin Luther King Jr. who was murdered on April 4, 1968 was not the "I Have A Dream" King the mind control apparatus keeps pumping out despite the fact the beginning of his "I Have A Dream" speech was a scathing indictment of AmeriKKKa’s failure to live up to her promises and creed. King was way ahead of his time. He was not the Milquetoast sell out some have erroneously painted him. King like Malcolm was keenly aware of the nexus between European racism, imperialism, and global exploitation.

King too opposed the New World Order of Western neocolonialism. He wisely eschewed violence because he knew we were outgunned and lacked the requisite organization, arms, or support. His plan was to bring AmeriKKKa to heel via exposure, economic boycotts, and civil disobedience. His Poor People’s Campaign would have further embarrassed, humbled, and disrupted business as usual. The ruling elites could not tolerate that. So they ordered him killed.

King was a major casualty in the war against fascism. The general is dead but his strategy will still work. In fact it is the one sure way we all win, by using economic leverage to force change. This is the most revolutionary thing we can do, not spend our money to support a system that dehumanizes us! Even the depraved Bu$h administration can’t put us all in jail, fill up all the FEMA concentration camps or the US Army labor camps because we refuse to support a system that oppresses us. Food for thought as we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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posted 17 January 2008

 

 

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