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The Martin Luther King You Don't See on TV
Fair.org/Media Beat ^ | 1/4/95 | Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon

Posted on 01/16/2012 12:41:11 AM PST by No One Special

It's become a TV ritual: Every year in mid-January, around the time of Martin Luther King's birthday, we get perfunctory network news reports about "the slain civil rights leader."

The remarkable thing about this annual review of King's life is that several years — his last years — are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole.

What TV viewers see is a closed loop of familiar file footage: King battling desegregation in Birmingham (1963); reciting his dream of racial harmony at the rally in Washington (1963); marching for voting rights in Selma, Alabama (1965); and finally, lying dead on the motel balcony in Memphis (1968).

An alert viewer might notice that the chronology jumps from 1965 to 1968. Yet King didn't take a sabbatical near the end of his life. In fact, he was speaking and organizing as diligently as ever.

Almost all of those speeches were filmed or taped. But they're not shown today on TV.

Why?

It's because national news media have never come to terms with what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for during his final years.

In the early 1960s, when King focused his challenge on legalized racial discrimination in the South, most major media were his allies. Network TV and national publications graphically showed the police dogs and bullwhips and cattle prods used against Southern blacks who sought the right to vote or to eat at a public lunch counter.

But after passage of civil rights acts in 1964 and 1965, King began challenging the nation's fundamental priorities. He maintained that civil rights laws were empty without "human rights" — including economic rights. For people too poor to eat at a restaurant or afford a decent home, King said, anti-discrimination laws were hollow.

Noting that a majority of Americans below the poverty line were white, King developed a class perspective. He decried the huge income gaps between rich and poor, and called for "radical changes in the structure of our society" to redistribute wealth and power.

"True compassion," King declared, "is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring."

By 1967, King had also become the country's most prominent opponent of the Vietnam War, and a staunch critic of overall U.S. foreign policy, which he deemed militaristic. In his "Beyond Vietnam" speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967 — a year to the day before he was murdered — King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."

From Vietnam to South Africa to Latin America, King said, the U.S. was "on the wrong side of a world revolution." King questioned "our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America," and asked why the U.S. was suppressing revolutions "of the shirtless and barefoot people" in the Third World, instead of supporting them.

In foreign policy, King also offered an economic critique, complaining about "capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries."

You haven't heard the "Beyond Vietnam" speech on network news retrospectives, but national media heard it loud and clear back in 1967 — and loudly denounced it. Life magazine called it "demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi." The Washington Post patronized that "King has diminished his usefulness to his cause, his country, his people."

In his last months, King was organizing the most militant project of his life: the Poor People's Campaign. He crisscrossed the country to assemble "a multiracial army of the poor" that would descend on Washington — engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience at the Capitol, if need be — until Congress enacted a poor people's bill of rights. Reader's Digest warned of an "insurrection."

King's economic bill of rights called for massive government jobs programs to rebuild America's cities. He saw a crying need to confront a Congress that had demonstrated its "hostility to the poor" — appropriating "military funds with alacrity and generosity," but providing "poverty funds with miserliness."

How familiar that sounds today, more than a quarter-century after King's efforts on behalf of the poor people's mobilization were cut short by an assassin's bullet.

As 1995 gets underway, in this nation of immense wealth, the White House and Congress continue to accept the perpetuation of poverty. And so do most mass media. Perhaps it's no surprise that they tell us little about the last years of Martin Luther King's life.
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Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon are syndicated columnists and authors of Adventures in Medialand: Behind the News, Beyond the Pundits (Common Courage Press).


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1 posted on 01/16/2012 12:41:14 AM PST by No One Special
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To: No One Special

There was a reason the Kennedy administration was investigating MLK, and continued to the next administration.
I remember cartoons on op-ed pages calling him a communist (by implication), op-eds that called him a rabble rouser, he was not well liked.
I KNOW it is very callous, however in this country if someone is assassinated all their flaws and extreme political agenda ideas are candy coated or removed all together.


2 posted on 01/16/2012 12:51:01 AM PST by svcw (For the new year: you better toughen up, if you are going to continue to be stupid.)
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To: No One Special
King WAS a Marxist, or close enough that you'd never tell the difference. To me, the fact that his concerns were valid doesn't justify his methods of correction, but trying to tell that to the average TV watching couch potato is a waste of breath.

American freedom is probably on the rocks, but I won't have it said that I died without a fight.

3 posted on 01/16/2012 12:51:01 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: No One Special

Why do people, even some on FR, say that he was a Republican? I always had a feeling that was a bunch of B.S.


4 posted on 01/16/2012 12:56:38 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: No One Special
It is my understanding that there were prostitutes in his hotel room the day he was shot.

Can anyone confirm or deny that (with verification)?

5 posted on 01/16/2012 1:04:18 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: No One Special; Pelham; Travis McGee

Amen to confronting the whole charade

No one will touch....look only a few replies

Folks prefer to believe the lies...

Rush...hannity...beck worst of all

No wonder they are all silent on Mittens

Only more nauseating myth is the one over urine drinking little girl loving Ghandi


6 posted on 01/16/2012 1:05:22 AM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: No One Special

Finally someone has the courage to speak the truth! I am old enough to remember these facts, and I’m frustrated when I see all this hero worship.

But hey, who are we to question the New Normal anyway??


7 posted on 01/16/2012 1:13:17 AM PST by Humidston (For the first time in my adult life I FEAR my government.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

But now that this sort of classist talk has re-entered the mainstream with the oBummer himself, OWS, the new Acorn, various union thugs, and the like openly stumping for it, what’s still keeping the lamestream from presenting “the full MLK Jr.”?

It can’t be mere shame.


9 posted on 01/16/2012 1:16:08 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: No One Special

I’m still waiting for “The Nelson Mandela You Don’t See On TV” . . . you know, the hardcore communist terrorist whose legacy is in play in South Africa right now, turning the country into another Zimbabwe with its anti-white reverse-apartheid policies that are turning former breadbaskets into deserts, as well as creating a rape culture where a quarter of women will be violated in that fashion and nothing done about it and a culture of anti-white murder in general . . .


10 posted on 01/16/2012 1:19:15 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Many people never grasp that a government expected to do a lot of things MUST be empowered to control EVERYTHING.

It starts off slow then snowballs.

11 posted on 01/16/2012 1:25:02 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Nail on the head twice in a thread. :-)


12 posted on 01/16/2012 1:33:14 AM PST by No One Special
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To: Humidston
"Finally someone has the courage to speak the truth! I am old enough to remember these facts, and I’m frustrated when I see all this hero worship."

My feelings exactly.

13 posted on 01/16/2012 1:42:47 AM PST by DeaconRed (Cold War Veteran. . . . US Army Security Agency 1964-1968)
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To: Future Snake Eater

It sure did jesse the jack a favor. Wonder if he still has that bloody shirt.


14 posted on 01/16/2012 1:46:56 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: No One Special

By the authors’ comments at the end of the (1995) article, it sounds like they’re dissapointed King didn’t get a chance to release his barefoot hoardes.


15 posted on 01/16/2012 2:08:49 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: beaversmom

Seems if he were registered Republican there would be records. I know his father was Republican and many , if not most southern blacks were also due to the legacy of the Civil War. Also his niece claimed he was.

Here is something from his autobiography he wrote on Nixon and Kennedy before that preidential election. He calls Nixon a moral coward:
http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/home/pages?page=http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/kingweb/publications/autobiography/chp_15.htm


16 posted on 01/16/2012 2:09:30 AM PST by No One Special
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To: SpaceBar

Nobody knew what was going on back in the olden days. The Marxists were still en-closeted. ;-)


17 posted on 01/16/2012 2:15:59 AM PST by No One Special
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To: No One Special
Important to remember that the two greatest Black celebrities during 1965-1968 were MLK and Muhammad Ali.

Both of them loudly and vigorously opposed the Vietnam War.

This had a profoundly destructive impact on millions of Conservative whites who respected both these men.

In that time period, a solid majority of Americans supported the Vietnam War as the final line in the sand we would not allow a Communist government to cross.

Although war deaths were many times higher than Iraq and Afghanistan, the anti-war movement was confined to the usual Hard Left colleges and cities.

Then, anti-war and Marxist politics went vividly and shockingly on display during the Black Riots in 1968.

The angry political schism between American Blacks and the Republican Party can be traced directly to this period.

18 posted on 01/16/2012 2:19:08 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: No One Special

“Dated, perhaps only by the date of publication. Submitted for your perusal, consideration, approval/disapproval and comments. :-)”
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Must be duplicated from print. The article dates January 1995 at Fair.org, but the Internet was not popularized until 1996.


19 posted on 01/16/2012 2:22:03 AM PST by elvis-lives
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To: zeestephen

I think your analysis is right on the mark. Recall that Ali was a consciencous objector to the draft based on being in the Nation of Islam. Howard Cosell praised him for this stance and he lost his world championship as a result. I wonder when, why and how he got involved with the NOI. Perhaps he was duped?


20 posted on 01/16/2012 3:02:08 AM PST by No One Special
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To: elvis-lives
In all the photos I have seen of MLK addressing the masses....seems to me a lot of the men are wearing those little white caps that islamics favor....

....just saying

21 posted on 01/16/2012 3:03:03 AM PST by spokeshave (Ron Paul finally lit a match after dousing himself with gasoline)
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To: No One Special
And Obama's nomination for this generation's MLK: Van Jones.

Mr. Jones said (threatened?) that "2012 will be a turbulent, exciting year. It's important for us to get together and get ready."

turbulent adj. Violently agitated or disturbed; tumultuous: turbulent rapids. 2. Having a chaotic or restless character or tendency: a turbulent period in history. 3. Causing unrest or disturbance; unruly: turbulent, revolutionary undercurrents.

Or as the Van Joneses used to say in the 60s "Take ten!"

Given the myriad racial attacks like that on the 14-year-old girl in Portland, Oregon, maybe today's rallying cry would be "Take it to the MAX!"

Note: As I recall Van Jones said that something was going to happen about a month before OWS hit the fan. He knows.

Why talk about this? Let me ask, Who talks about this black-on-white violence -- except the mayor of Philadelphia, the only Democratic Party member that has been reported as denouncing the attacks. What are we? Punching bags?

-- and don't say that well, in the 1960s it was just the opposite. No! it was not. I recall Cincinnati where whites were blocked on city streets, dragged out of their cars and beaten. Some suffered permanent injuries.

22 posted on 01/16/2012 3:50:52 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: No One Special

A sensible criticism. Notes that MLK did good, then went elsewhere.


23 posted on 01/16/2012 4:07:09 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: zeestephen
Important to remember that the two greatest Black celebrities during 1965-1968 were MLK and Muhammad Ali. Both of them loudly and vigorously opposed the Vietnam War.

Both also used a sing-song cadence that one expects from the rabble-rousing "orators" of the Leftists.

24 posted on 01/16/2012 4:35:49 AM PST by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: No One Special

abc ran a story this morning saying that MLK had unfinished work... to turn America into a communist state by demanding economic justice... aka stalinism. abc wants that result also.

LLS


25 posted on 01/16/2012 4:36:37 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ( MOOchelle obama is PISSED OFF that people say that she is an angry woman!)
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To: No One Special

He crisscrossed the country to assemble “a multiracial army of the poor”.
Sounds like what Obama and media are doing.If you make more people poor the greater the army.


26 posted on 01/16/2012 4:56:23 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: beaversmom
*** Why do people, even some on FR, say that he was a Republican? I always had a feeling that was a bunch of B.S. ***

At 'one time' King may have been a registered Republican. But that all changed when first JFK and RFK, and then especially LBJ pushed 'Civil Rights' legislation. There's White House tapes of LBJ on the phone with MLK and King was behind Johnson and the RATS all the way.

(a) The History International Channel (now H2) and the Nat Geo Channel can be very enlightening.

(b) MLK wasn't all that 'non-violent' when he marched/protested. When he was in Chicago and marching into the Marquette Park neighborhood, behind MLK and the other 'Rev's' were black gang-bangers. And they always started 'something' with the white locals who lived there. Every march turned into a Riot. 'Non-Violent' he wasn't.

27 posted on 01/16/2012 5:20:56 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: Olog-hai

Poor beautiful South Africa. I stood in the Levubu Tropical Valley in 2004 speaking to a black man who was part of the “new government” and we discussed the land “re-purchase”. He said it would not be like Zimbabwe. I knew right there and then it would be exactly like Zimbabwe. God help the Afrikaners!


28 posted on 01/16/2012 5:32:37 AM PST by crghill (Silly Mormons, God is triune.)
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To: Condor51

Some say that Marilyn Monroe suicided after JFK handed her off to MLK


29 posted on 01/16/2012 5:33:35 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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To: beaversmom
Most of the older blacks were repubs because it was the dems that stopped them from voting.
30 posted on 01/16/2012 5:38:21 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Vaduz

Not just making people poor, but convincing the non-poor they are (witness the bulk of Occupiers).


31 posted on 01/16/2012 5:44:08 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: No One Special

Links to transcripts of these questionable speeches?


32 posted on 01/16/2012 5:46:24 AM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: bert
*** Some say that Marilyn Monroe suicided after JFK handed her off to MLK ***

LOL, hadn't heard that one.

Personally I'm in the 'conspiracy camp'. The RFK offing her with Peter Lawford and 'others' help. For one, RFK lied about where he was on that night. He said DC, but was in fact, in LA. And a small hypo injection mark was found on MM and that was covered up (never reported) by the M.E. It was also a known fact that MM hated needles and would never inject herself. Add another body to the Kennedy family count.

33 posted on 01/16/2012 5:53:01 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: Cowboy Bob
It is my understanding that there were prostitutes in his hotel room the day he was shot.

King was with his mistress, Kentucky state senator Georgia Davis when he was shot. In fact, his handlers scrambled to make her go away as the media converged upon the Lorraine motel.

An absolutely outstanding book, Hellhound on His Trail details the final days of King's life and the world-wide manhunt for his killer, a small-time crook and aspiring pornographer who went by the name Eric Starvo Galt --but the world would later know as James Earl Ray.

By the time of his assassination, MLK was a has-been. A Time magazine poll didn't even list his name in the top ten most influential Americans. Many blacks, particularly younger ones had given up on "that old preacher" King and were gravitating towards the more militant black power leaders like Stokely Charmichael and Huey Newton. King was washed-up, womanizing and drinking too much while trying to plan a "million poor march" on Washington DC --an endeavor many of his increasingly fewer supporters believed was a quixotic pipe dream.

In April 1968, King was a fading star. James Earl Ray changed all that.

34 posted on 01/16/2012 5:59:35 AM PST by Drew68
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To: No One Special

There is a good reason why his FBI files are not viewable.


35 posted on 01/16/2012 6:01:32 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Cowboy Bob
It is my understanding that there were prostitutes in his hotel room the day he was shot. Can anyone confirm or deny that (with verification)?

I will confirm and verify your understanding.

It's a unanimous and anonymous group of sources that must be projected and protected, and therefore can not be relived or revealed {but for the right amount of cash I'd consider selling them out}. heheh

36 posted on 01/16/2012 6:05:56 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke The Terrorist Savages)
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To: ctdonath2
I did a couple of googles for you:
google1
google2

However, if I recall correctly, the King family has made most of what he said unavailable by using the copyright law, so there may not be much.

37 posted on 01/16/2012 6:19:16 AM PST by No One Special
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To: No One Special

Another Marxist community organizer.

Someone to look up to by comparison would be Thomas Sowell or Walter Williams.


38 posted on 01/16/2012 6:24:13 AM PST by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: svcw

It has been documented that MLK, Jr. did attend CPUSA meetings. I don’t know if identified specifically with that form of collectivism but the op-ed pages were more or less correct since he wanted to get rid of the free enterprise capitalist system.


39 posted on 01/16/2012 7:15:24 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: ctdonath2; wardaddy; Kenny Bunk

Both an audio recording and the transcript of King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech is found here:

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm

King’s speech was sponsored by “Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam “, a hard left antiwar group King belonged to that among other things accused American troops of war crimes.

http://mlk-kpp01.stanford.edu/index.php/encyclopedia/encyclopedia/enc_clergy_and_laymen_concerned_about_vietnam_calcav/

“In February and April 1967 King delivered two speeches devoted entirely to Vietnam. On 25 February 1967, King delivered ‘‘The Causalities of the War in Vietnam.’’ He was eager to ensure his message would not be distorted and approached CALCAV to organize a public event where he could situate his position within the broader religious opposition to the war. CALCAV hired a publicist exclusively for the event, which was held at Riverside Church in New York City on 4 April 1967. King’s speech, which drew over 3,000 people, provided his most significant endorsement of the anti-war movement to date. CALCAV published and distributed 100,000 copies of the Riverside speeches and King accepted an invitation to be co-chair of the organization.

Later that month, CALCAV endorsed ‘‘Vietnam Summer,’’ a campaign promoted by King and the noted pediatrician Benjamin Spock to mobilize grassroots anti-war activists in preparation for the 1968 elections. Throughout the summer and fall, CALCAV chapters engaged in civil disobedience by protecting draft resisters, a departure from their more moderate tactics, such as petitions and vigils. The organization’s second national mobilization was timed to coincide with the February 1968 release of a study commissioned by CALCAV documenting American war crimes in Vietnam...”


40 posted on 01/16/2012 7:33:05 AM PST by Pelham (Vultures for Romney. We pluck your carcass)
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To: wardaddy
and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.

Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read: Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over.

To me the relationship of this ministry to the making of peace is so obvious that I sometimes marvel at those who ask me why I'm speaking against the war. Could it be that they do not know that the good news was meant for all men -- for Communist and capitalist, for their children and ours, for black and for white, for revolutionary and conservative? Have they forgotten that my ministry is in obedience to the One who loved his enemies so fully that he died for them? What then can I say to the Vietcong or to Castro or to Mao as a faithful minister of this One? Can I threaten them with death or must I not share with them my life?

We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation and for those it calls "enemy," for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.

The Vietnamese people proclaimed their own independence in 1954 -- in 1945 rather -- after a combined French and Japanese occupation and before the communist revolution in China. They were led by Ho Chi Minh. Even though they quoted the American Declaration of Independence in their own document of freedom, we refused to recognize them. Instead, we decided to support France in its reconquest of her former colony. Our government felt then that the Vietnamese people were not ready for independence, and we again fell victim to the deadly Western arrogance that has poisoned the international atmosphere for so long. With that tragic decision we rejected a revolutionary government seeking self-determination and a government that had been established not by China -- for whom the Vietnamese have no great love -- but by clearly indigenous forces that included some communists. For the peasants this new government meant real land reform, one of the most important needs in their lives.

After the French were defeated, it looked as if independence and land reform would come again through the Geneva Agreement. But instead there came the United States, determined that Ho should not unify the temporarily divided nation, and the peasants watched again as we supported one of the most vicious modern dictators, our chosen man, Premier Diem. The peasants watched and cringed as Diem ruthlessly rooted out all opposition, supported their extortionist landlords, and refused even to discuss reunification with the North. The peasants watched as all this was presided over by United States' influence and then by increasing numbers of United States troops who came to help quell the insurgency that Diem's methods had aroused. When Diem was overthrown they may have been happy, but the long line of military dictators seemed to offer no real change, especially in terms of their need for land and peace.

The only change came from America, as we increased our troop commitments in support of governments which were singularly corrupt, inept, and without popular support. All the while the people read our leaflets and received the regular promises of peace and democracy and land reform. Now they languish under our bombs and consider us, not their fellow Vietnamese, the real enemy. They move sadly and apathetically as we herd them off the land of their fathers into concentration camps where minimal social needs are rarely met. They know they must move on or be destroyed by our bombs.

Perhaps a more difficult but no less necessary task is to speak for those who have been designated as our enemies. What of the National Liberation Front, that strangely anonymous group we call "VC" or "communists"? What must they think of the United States of America when they realize that we permitted the repression and cruelty of Diem, which helped to bring them into being as a resistance group in the South? What do they think of our condoning the violence which led to their own taking up of arms? How can they believe in our integrity when now we speak of "aggression from the North" as if there were nothing more essential to the war? How can they trust us when now we charge them with violence after the murderous reign of Diem and charge them with violence while we pour every new weapon of death into their land? Surely we must understand their feelings, even if we do not condone their actions. Surely we must see that the men we supported pressed them to their violence. Surely we must see that our own computerized plans of destruction simply dwarf their greatest acts.

41 posted on 01/16/2012 7:47:21 AM PST by Pelham (Vultures for Romney. We pluck your carcass)
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To: No One Special
The speech is here:

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm

where you will find such gems as:

"What do the peasants think as we ally ourselves with the landlords and as we refuse to put any action into our many words concerning land reform? What do they think as we test out our latest weapons on them, just as the Germans tested out new medicine and new tortures in the concentration camps of Europe?":

42 posted on 01/16/2012 7:52:36 AM PST by Pelham (Vultures for Romney. We pluck your carcass)
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To: No One Special
His famous “Dream” speech is usually truncated in the same manner. Except for the famous segment who we all know the rest of it is both poorly written and is a thinly disguised attempt to woo his minions by telling them that a “check” needs to be written to them by Whitey. “Follow me and I'll get you reparations” is what it is whispering in the masses ears.
43 posted on 01/16/2012 7:59:37 AM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: zeestephen

more of King’s speech, which must have given aid and comfort to Ho Chi Minh’s communist regime:

“I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours.

This is the message of the great Buddhist leaders of Vietnam. Recently one of them wrote these words, and I quote:

Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in the heart of the Vietnamese and in the hearts of those of humanitarian instinct. The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory, do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom, and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism (unquote).

If we continue, there will be no doubt in my mind and in the mind of the world that we have no honorable intentions in Vietnam. If we do not stop our war against the people of Vietnam immediately, the world will be left with no other alternative than to see this as some horrible, clumsy, and deadly game we have decided to play. The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve. It demands that we admit that we have been wrong from the beginning of our adventure in Vietnam, that we have been detrimental to the life of the Vietnamese people. The situation is one in which we must be ready to turn sharply from our present ways. In order to atone for our sins and errors in Vietnam, we should take the initiative in bringing a halt to this tragic war.”


44 posted on 01/16/2012 8:00:00 AM PST by Pelham (Vultures for Romney. We pluck your carcass)
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To: No One Special

In other words, King wasn’t just a fraud but a Communist.


45 posted on 01/16/2012 8:00:40 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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“It is a sad fact that because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch antirevolutionaries. This has driven many to feel that only Marxism has a revolutionary spirit. Therefore, communism is a judgment against our failure to make democracy real and follow through on the revolutions that we initiated. Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.”

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkatimetobreaksilence.htm


46 posted on 01/16/2012 8:05:36 AM PST by Pelham (Vultures for Romney. We pluck your carcass)
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Thanks. I can almost excuse him because of racism and the way the communists used that wedge to work for power. Doubt he would have changed had he lived to see Pol Pot. None of the other lefties did which to me is unfathomable.


47 posted on 01/16/2012 8:17:00 AM PST by No One Special
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“MLK wasn’t all that ‘non-violent’ when he marched/protested. When he was in Chicago and marching into the Marquette Park neighborhood, behind MLK and the other ‘Rev’s’ were black gang-bangers. And they always started ‘something’ with the white locals who lived there. Every march turned into a Riot. ‘Non-Violent’ he wasn’t.”

Marquette Park was the only large park left on the south side at the time that wasn’t in a Black neighborhood, and King wanted to “integrate” it. Strange how the Bridgeport neighborhood where the Daley family lived, which was right in the path of the Black migration of the 60’s and 70’s never suffered the same fate as Englewood and other neighborhoods....


48 posted on 01/16/2012 8:31:04 AM PST by Fu-fu2
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MLK had been making soft on Communism speeches since the early 1950s, when Uncle Joe Stalin was still running the show in the USSR. I once found some juicy quotes from those speeches at a website run by the King foundation, but it’s hard to pull quotes from that site.

John Kennedy and his attorney general brother Robert approved of the FBI wiretapping King, in part because of two associates that King refused to part with. They were Hunter Pitts O’Dell and Stanley Levison, both members of the Communist Party:

“The Cold War was in full swing in late 1963 when Bobby Kennedy authorized the first King wiretap. On JFK’s watch, Khrushchev had put up the Berlin Wall and had almost provoked a nuclear exchange by introducing atomic-armed missiles into Cuba. “Wars of National Liberation” were being fully stoked by the shoe-pounder in the Kremlin. Yet King, already a powerful civil rights figure, had surrounded himself with several radical advisers, including at least two long-time members of the Communist Party.

Stanley Levison was one of them. He may have been, as King’s friendly biographer, David Garrow sometimes suggests, King’s most trusted adviser from 1956 until the civil rights leader’s death in 1968. Levison, an important CP member, was also responsible for placing on the board of King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference Hunter Pitts (Jack) O’Dell, who became a member of the national committee of the U.S. Communist Party in 1959. These were the indisputable facts that eventually impelled the Kennedy Administration to wiretap King.”

http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=12701


49 posted on 01/16/2012 8:38:52 AM PST by Pelham (Vultures for Romney. We pluck your carcass)
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Gee, and I thought I wasn’t naive. Thank you.


50 posted on 01/16/2012 9:09:30 AM PST by No One Special
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