I was just watching a CSPAN show about books. The show was taped at a bookstore in 2003. It featured Martin Luther King Jrs. son, Dexter Scott King discussing his book, “Growing Up King; An Intimate Memoir.” At the question portion I was not surprised by the first question asked by a white man. He asked, “How do you feel about present day black ministers and so-called, black leaders using your father’s legacy to make money and promote themselves?” Dexter said his father’s books are available to the public so if you read them you’ll know who is promoting his father’s work. I’m sure the white man never read any book by MLK. He wasn’t there to learn anything about MLK. He was there to get a dig in about black leaders Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. It is now 2015 and that type of white conservative man can still be heard calling talk radio and bashing Sharpton and Jackson. Let’s be honest, we know these white guys are racist because all of us white folks have a Sharpton and Jackson basher in our family.
They do that because they don’t want African-Americans to have any spokespersons. That is not entirely true. These white racist wouldn’t mind supporting the right black leader. By that I mean a conservative black leader. They’d have no problem supporting a Dr. Ben Carson, Allen West, Larry Elder, Alan Keys, Thomas Sowell, and Walter Williams. That is because all of them are willing to trash their own race to pick up a fat check from the white powers that be. When these black conservatives speak against their own race white conservatives are pleased as punch. Now when these white conservatives say something racist they can quote a black conservative that backs up their racist statement. All the African-Americans on this list hate President Obama. I believe that is because each one of them feels they should have been the first black president. Sadly, black conservatives stay in the GOP and don’t even question the racist comments of so many whites in their party. Before you tell me MLK was a Republican I know that. If you know your history about the Southern Strategy you know he wouldn’t be one today.
We labor activist need to remember that in 1968 Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated while supporting a strike by Memphis, Tennessee, sanitation workers. Peace activist need to remember he spoke against the Vietnam War. Whether we are black or white we all owe MLK a debt of gratitude and should respect what he stood for. Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
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“If a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.