Monday, January 17, 2011
The Real Truth Behind the Murder of MLK
"The issue is injustice...Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness, let us stand with a greater determination, and let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be."
This quote is from a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., to the sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, the day before he was shot and killed by an off-duty Memphis police officer.
You hadn't heard? You find it horrible to imagine? You don't want to believe me? Check out what Dick Gregory and Steve Cokely have to say about it (prepare to be seriously shocked, depressed, disappointed and angry):
When I first watched these, thanks to one of the principle folks that regularly supply me with information, I was so bummed out, I couldn't even pass it on. And I'm sure there are those who will feel that this is the wrong day to do it. But I disagree.
Martin Luther King, Jr., didn't die because he gave the "I Have a Dream" speech. He didn't die because he was a minister. He died because he did stuff and he spoke Truth to Power. And Power doesn't like the truth.
Today, a group in Minnesota is calling for us to remember that the FBI and the system it works to maintain are still attacking those who stand for justice and peace for all people -- just as King did. They are disseminating a leaflet you can download in several forms. Martin Luther King didn't stop until they stopped him. If we do nothing but listen to a speech and nod, we're no different than the ones that helped to kill him.