13190656, How hip are we to Martin Luther King Jr's speeches after I have a dream? |
Posted by kevlar skully, Thu Aug-31-17 09:45 AM
We all know that MLK's legacy has been whitewashed since he was assassinated. We know that the majority of white americans did not like him when he was living and modern white america usually only brings him and that one speech up to shame modern black people and movements like Black Lives Matter
But how hip are you to his other speeches? I'm a little ashamed to say that I'm not that familiar with them.
One of my Facebook friends, white guy from college that I first talked to because he was wearing a Dead Prez shit, made a real good Facebook post about King's legacy being white washed and people embracing that.
Man. If a black person said today the shit King was saying back in the day, they would crucified.
“The white man does not abide by the law… His police forces are the ultimate mockery of law.”
“The thing wrong with America is white racism.”
“White America has allowed itself to be indifferent to race prejudice.”
“I am sorry to have to say that the vast majority of white Americans are racists, either consciously or unconsciously.”
All of these quotes were in 1968, the year King was assassinated. This shit would be radical to say in 2017 for a black person with a platform. Unfortunately, all these things are still true.
There's really something to be said about the power of mass media and the victors writing the history books because when we mostly hear about King, it's very sanitized shit about kids holding hands. It's not the radical shit he was saying about our entire system needing to changed because it only serves the higher classes.