Definitely my kind of folk: “King had a mutually antagonistic relationship with the FBI”… (from wikipedia). They called him everything in the book from being a communist to having extramarital affairs. They bugged his phones, followed him wherever he went, sent him anonymous letters, and were holed up in a vacant fire station across the street from the motel in Memphis were King was assassinated. He was only 39 years old.
No wonder people like J. Edgar Hoover hated him. King was way too controversial, too progressive; he opposed the Vietnam War; he was adamant about his commitment to nonviolence. I just read somewhere that he was fighting against three evils: racism, materialism, and militarism. While the first”enemy” is widely known, King’s fierce condemnation of imperialist wars in general and the one in Vietnam in particular seem much less acknowledged. I have absolutely no doubt about his position on the invasion of Iraq.
Maybe we should listen to him:
A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.
From: Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
From: Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964
Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.
From: Strength to Love, 1963.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
From: I Have a Dream, August 28, 1963
Move over, presidential candidates…