Betraying the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by Andrew Hughes

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by Andrew Hughes
Global Research, January 18, 2009

Martin Luther King Day precedes the historic inauguration of America’s first African American President

Martin Luther King Day in 2009 precedes the dawn of the historic inauguration of America’s first African American President. This inauguration is lauded as the realization of Dr. King’s dream, a defining moment in the cultural paradigm, a tectonic shift in race relations and a beacon of real change for the plight of the poor and oppressed. Infusing the dreams and ethos of Dr. King in to the presidential persona demands a confluence of ideals and actions to truly deserve the association. To betray the dream, to profit from the sacrifice is to insult the legacy. To be worthy of the torch demands integrity.

“Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam.I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor in America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours.”

This speech by Dr.Martin Luther King in 1967 is as poignant today as it was back then. The names change but the nightmare remains the same. Today’s Iraq and Afghanistan replace yesterday’s Vietnam. Today’s increased level of poverty and imprisonment of a hugely disproportionate number of African Americans in the prison system, the slaughter of millions more of the world’s poor and Dr. King’s subsequent murder at the hands of his own government bear witness to exactly which initiative was taken.

President-Elect Barack Obama, in his speeches, expresses his desire to inculcate the ideals of Dr. King in to his decision making and his attitude to his fellow human beings. He “chokes up” repeating the words of this Man of Peace, but he’ll “hold it together” on Inauguration day. He’ll make America, in Dr. King’s words “a land no longer torn asunder with racial hatred and ethnic strife, a land that measured itself by how it treats the least of these, a land in which strength is defined not simply by the capacity to wage war but by the determination to forge peace – a land in which all of God’s children might come together in a spirit of brotherhood.”

He stands silent as his country aids in the genocide of the Palestinians. He will forge peace by sending 30,000 American troops to Afghanistan to intensify the massacre that has left nearly 800,000 of his brothers and sisters dead. He stands silent on the more than 700,000 of his brothers and sisters who have been murdered in Iraq. He threatens War against Iran, Syria and already destroyed Lebanon. He remains silent on the murder of his brother Oscar Grant III by police officer Johannes Mehserle in California. He perpetuates what Dr. King called “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift”.

“Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten….America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most indispensable element of greatness–justice” – Martin Luther King, 1967.

The President-Elect refuses to bring George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Henry Kissinger and the rest of the War criminals to justice as he looks forward from the mountain top and points the way to spiritual death.

Would Dr. King, if he actually held public office, have voted for invading Iraq, invading Afghanistan, sending arms and money to Israel and remained silent as his poverty stricken brothers and sisters were slaughtered?

The words of Martin Luther King have been hijacked by those would would use his message to further their narcissistic goals. His peaceful supplication has been betrayed by lies and a sickening adulation of meaningless oratory. His greatest statements of love and humanity have been relegated to sound bites for mass consumption by a deceived public who have put their faith in a man who represents all that Dr. King was fighting peacefully against.


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7 thoughts on “Betraying the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by Andrew Hughes

  1. With regards to the newly inaugurated Black American President – i sincerely hope that in order for the Fundamental Hegemony to continue, largely unopposed, Capitalism hasn’t merely adopted the cloak of Political Correctness.

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  3. how sad, eloquent words speak volumes, and silence is deafing.
    not looking back, but looking forward, means not looking back.
    what is past is past, but represents the future.
    Beware the “righteous man” for the “righteous man” will judge the “un-righteous” among us.
    listen for the words, “what ever it takes, **d !”.
    Volunteers =’s Blind Commitment to the Mission.

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  5. Not once did you say anything like “well, since I cannot predict the future, I will be wise and wait to see what he does, since he is NOT EVEN PRESIDENT YET.” That is why what you write is meaningless. You have no more idea of what Obama will do in office than anyone else. You speculate and present it as fact. You twist his words to create anger. Obama NEVER REFUSED to bring Bush & Co. up on war crime charges. THIS is what he said to George Stephanopoulus:

    “We have not made final decisions, but my instinct is for us to focus on HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT MOVING FORWARD WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING. That doesn’t mean that if somebody has blatantly broken the law, that they are above the law. But my orientation’s going to be to move forward.”

    How the fuck does translate into a “refusal”? It is clear that Obama is thinking it through! What would be best for the country? To spend millions of dollars, that we cannot afford, on court trials that will go on for years or to focus on cleaning up Bush’s HUGE fucking mess and try to get the economy on track? Do you really think that Americans want to foot the bill for Bush’s trials? They may say “yes” now, but when the shit drags on and on, lets see how gung-ho they really are!

    Stop being a drama queen and show some journalistic integrity. Instead coming up with these bullshit analogies, why don’t you provide some well-balanced SOLUTIONS that prove that you actually put some THOUGHT into the dilemma, instead of spouting off with knee-jerk, armchair rantings. Show SOME integrity! Damn.

  6. Very good blog. Despite all challenges and the mess president Bush has done, I have faith in president-elect. Lets wait and see this approach!

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