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Truth is in favor of you and me; for the truth of our enemies whom we have been serving here in the U.S.A. for over 400 years (whom we did not know to be our enemies by nature) is the truth that the Black Man must have knowledge of to be able to keep from falling into the deceiving traps that are being laid by our enemies to catch us in their way which is opposed to the way of righteous of whom we are members. ~ The Honorable Elijah Muhammad

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Not a ‘Dreamer’, but a Man Evolving Toward a Common Goal For His People

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A man of growing consciousness

You know, you may think that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a “dreamer.”  I beg to differ with you.  “The Dream” that Martin Luther King had in 1963 that he spoke of at the base of the Lincoln Memorial, the man wasn’t “dreaming” when he made a speech—“The Crisis in America’s Cities: An Analysis of Social Disorder and a Plan of Action Against Poverty, Discrimination and Racism in Urban America.”  This plan was presented by Dr. King to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on August 15, 1967.  [This speech is available on The King Center Archives website.] Look at what Dr. King wrote:  “[A million words will be written and spoken to dissect the ghetto outbreaks, but for a perceptive and vivid expression of culpability I would like to submit two sentences written a century ago by Victor Hugo:]  ‘If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.’  The policymakers of the White society have caused the darkness; they created discrimination; they created slums; they perpetuate unemployment, ignorance and poverty.  It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes”—he used that term then, but we’ll say “The Black man of America”—“have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes ...” 

What did he mean “derivative”?  Dr. King goes on to say:  [These crimes] are born of the greater crimes of the White society.  [So] when we ask Negroes—or Black men and women—to abide by the law, let us also declare that the White man does not abide by law in the ghettos.  Day in and day out he violates welfare laws to deprive the poor of their meager allotments. He flagrantly violates building codes and regulations. His police make a mockery of law. He violates laws on equal employment and education and the provisions for civil services.  The slums are the handiwork of a vicious system of the White society; Negroes live in them but do not make them any more than a prisoner makes a prison.”  That’s not the talk of a “dreamer.”  That’s the talk of a bold preacher who confronted the reality of White racism.  Read more...

 

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