Today is the 53rd year of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. His activism and persistence led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act and desegregation efforts.
One of King’s important quotes: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Yep.
Back then, most people agreed with that, and I believe that most black and other minorities agreed with that enthusiastically.
But today? Hardly. Today many people in academia, media and Hollywood are brainwashed with identity politics. Race and gender especially. They now believe that it matters what your skin color or race is, and you must act accordingly. They are mainly anti-individualists and identitarians. They don’t care about the content of one’s character. Sad.
Another issue with “liberals” is that, while during the 1960s and ’70s they were mainly anti-war, especially in their protests of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, now they are the warmongers of today.
The Clintons during the 1990s with their continuation of bombing and sanctions on Iraq, and bombing Serbia, Obama with his escalation of George W. Bush’s drone strikes over the Middle East and other bombing and war crimes and murders of innocent civilians, and now Harris-Biden the same. “Liberals” support them.
During the 2000s the people on the left protested Bush for his wars of aggression in Afghanistan and Iraq, they called him “Bushitler” and so on. But as soon as Obama became President and continued and escalated the bombing, drone strikes, warmongering and murderous rampages across the Middle East, it was crickets from the “liberals” of Hollywood, academia and media.
And now besides the Harris-Biden bombing such as in Syria, another abandonment of actual defense by the U.S. military is its new obsession with the LGBT agenda. The “defense” secretary Lloyd Austin endorses their priorities of transgender surgeries rather than concentrating on defending America. And further, they are cracking down on “domestic terrorism,” i.e. conservatives or “MAGA” advocates or those who want to “drain the swamp.” (Perhaps Steve Austin would be a better defense secretary than Lloyd Austin, although given current budgets it would probably cost $6 billion rather than $6 million. But I digress.)
Back to Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an outspoken anti-war activist, and he gave a passionate speech against the Vietnam War on April 4th, 1967 at Riverside Church in New York, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence. (Video)
As Norman Solomon and Jeff Cohen write in this column, King was condemned by the “liberal” Establishment and media for such a “demagogic slander” and treasonous speech against what were really illegitimate and criminal actions by the U.S. military in Vietnam.
King also gave a different version of that speech later that month, at Ebenezer Baptist Church (video here and here).
Like the current U.S. government’s war on freedom of speech and diversity in thought and opinion that current apparatchiks falsely label as a “war on domestic terrorism,” even in the 1960s they didn’t like criticism of their policies and they cracked down. The FBI and NSA spied on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the FBI kept a dossier on him and harassed him.
King was assassinated exactly one year after his anti-Vietnam War speech on April 4th, 1968, and probably with FBI involvement. As with the JFK assassination, the national security state didn’t like King’s message of peace and non-violence and his outspoken opposition to their war crimes and murders of hundreds of thousands in Vietnam and unnecessary sacrifice of tens of thousands of Americans there as well. And all for nothing.