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Martin Luther King was no prophet of unity. He was a radical

Martin Luther King was no prophet of unity. He was a radical

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  • The title is off but i get the content of the article. I see what schools teach kids about MLK Jr. today and it is definitely a rosy picture of his movement and not how I was taught about his legacy by my parents/schools - but then again I was born under a decade after his was killed, so the truth was

    The title is off but i get the content of the article. I see what schools teach kids about MLK Jr. today and it is definitely a rosy picture of his movement and not how I was taught about his legacy by my parents/schools - but then again I was born under a decade after his was killed, so the truth was still fresh. He was very much a revolutionary thinker and disliked by many. I think schools should require students to listen and study "all" his speeches to get his whole message. What disappoints me most, is that lost in the education about him, is his economic message of equality.

  • Recently! I visited the National Museum for Civil Rights in Memphis, Tennessee on the spot where Martin Luther King was murdered. What I saw was a reminder of the harassment, dehumanizing behavior toward blacks prior to his efforts and those of many others. It was for that reason that I was so angered

    Recently! I visited the National Museum for Civil Rights in Memphis, Tennessee on the spot where Martin Luther King was murdered. What I saw was a reminder of the harassment, dehumanizing behavior toward blacks prior to his efforts and those of many others. It was for that reason that I was so angered by those young men from a Catholic High School wearing MAGA hats taunting a Native American elder, just after the students marched in a pro-life demonstration.

  • King was a radical and a unifier. These are not mutually exclusive concepts. To some he represented a threat, to others he was a necessary prophet. There is no doubt, however, that his message was about the dignity of all, regardless of race or class. And that is a unifying concept that he died for.

  • This was the exact message I received over 10 years ago when I saw Harvard professor Dr. Cornel West speak at the MLK Center in Atlanta on this holiday. Specifically, he railed against the "Santaclauseification" of MLK's legacy.

    In fact, I think that message has started to take hold as today's activists

    This was the exact message I received over 10 years ago when I saw Harvard professor Dr. Cornel West speak at the MLK Center in Atlanta on this holiday. Specifically, he railed against the "Santaclauseification" of MLK's legacy.

    In fact, I think that message has started to take hold as today's activists are becoming more strident in their demands and more direct in their actions.

  • I was was twelve when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. My parents were involved in the civil rights movement, so the issue of tactics was a frequent subject of conversation around our house. The conclusion? The people who had denied civil rights to others on the basis of race had employed brutal

    I was was twelve when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated. My parents were involved in the civil rights movement, so the issue of tactics was a frequent subject of conversation around our house. The conclusion? The people who had denied civil rights to others on the basis of race had employed brutal tactics; by contrast, Dr King’s tactics were provocative, but peaceful.

  • I don't get the title's conclusion, "...no prophet of unity." What in the refenced ideals and objectives are counter to unity? "King was a champion of the poor and oppressed. If we want to truly honor his legacy, we’ll struggle to finish his work", this statement is counter the title's conclusion. If

    I don't get the title's conclusion, "...no prophet of unity." What in the refenced ideals and objectives are counter to unity? "King was a champion of the poor and oppressed. If we want to truly honor his legacy, we’ll struggle to finish his work", this statement is counter the title's conclusion. If you meet, match, or otherwise see yourself as poor and/ or oppressed it applied to you. An individual would have to exclude themself, they weren't excluded in any other way.

    As to those who were alienated by the quated speeches the following apply in some combo.

    A) enough progress had been made, it was time to slow down

    B) its all good so long as I can keep exploiting who and what I have been

    C) throw them something to quite them down

    D) I did join w/ "x" for all of....

  • The idea here is that you can't be both a uniter and a reformer, which of course is an idea that is antithetical to the concept of modern civility and discourse, a foundation of Western Civilization.

  • Wow... nice headline on (his) holiday. “He was a radical...” yes and so were our founding fathers. “The Guardian”... what is it you are “guarding” exactly? It’s not unbiased headlines that’s for sure.

  • “... Martin Luther King Jr wasn’t a prophet of unity. He was a champion of the poor and oppressed. And if we want to truly honor his legacy, we’ll struggle to finish his work...”

  • Dr. King knew full-well that he was sacrificing himself for the greater good, the essence of a true hero...R.I.P. 😍😍😍😇😇😇

  • I was raised in an all white community in the 40’s and 50’s. I admired MLK for his strong commitment and leadership built on nonviolence when violence was in the news daily. I do not have to agree with every item on any agenda to conclude it as sound or unsound. MLK did lead efforts to open opportunities

    I was raised in an all white community in the 40’s and 50’s. I admired MLK for his strong commitment and leadership built on nonviolence when violence was in the news daily. I do not have to agree with every item on any agenda to conclude it as sound or unsound. MLK did lead efforts to open opportunities to other than caucasians very successfully and he accomplished more than had been accomplished in the 80 years before him. In my opinion much of the economic gap that remains to be closed is simply a process of moving out of the ghettos.

  • He couldn't keep it in his pants either, the sanctimonious prick

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