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While he was alive, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn’t seen as the sanitized, “safe” civil rights hero like he is today. #ReclaimMLK Image
In fact, he was viewed as so radical that the FBI had him under close surveillance and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover dubbed him the “most dangerous Negro in America.” #ReclaimMLK Image
A Harris Poll taken 2 years before #MLK’s assassination showed he had only a 27% favorable rating among whites at the time. King’s direct & unmasked message of an America refusing to live up to her promises of equality and justice for all agitated the majority of white Americans.
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On May 8, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. granted an interview to veteran NBC News correspondent Sander Vanocur and made it clear that his famous dream had in many ways turned into a nightmare.
The interview happened 3 years after King’s powerful “Normalcy, Never Again” sermon—more commonly known as the “I Have a Dream” speech, thanks to King’s now iconic improvisations. His dear friend gospel singer Mahalia Jackson exhorted him to, “Tell them about the dream, Martin!”
But three and a half years later, he realized that “the triple evils of racism, economic exploitation and militarism” are cornerstones of the United States. And he realized that the U.S. government is the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
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"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…" -- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. #ReclaimMLK…
Here is an invaluable (still relevant) critique by @DerrickPAlridge of textbook mis-representation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as messiah, the embodiment of the Civil Rights Movement, and a moderate. Read/discuss. #ReclaimMLK…
Through examining primary documents, students can learn the scope of the FBI’s COINTELPRO campaign to spy on, infiltrate, discredit, "neutralize," and disrupt all corners of the Black Freedom Movement -- including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free lesson ⬇️…
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a national hero but remains underappreciated. Beyond his civil rights legacy, he warned us about the climate crisis, while his voice prompted state suppression long before most Americans grew to fear fascism. #ReclaimMLK Thread. /1
We pride ourselves on First Amendment freedoms, but King was mercilessly & relentlessly vilified by the FBI. A Senate investigation uncovered a documented plot to drive him to an early grave.

It was part of a long pattern of suppressing civil rights.… /2
The surveillance state has metastasized in the decades since King left us. State omniscience, through the combination of electronic monitoring and its expansion through local policing, threatens dissidents today no less than during King’s era.… /3
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THREAD: Rev. Dr. MLK Jr. boldly condemned US militarism despite great controversy & cost. To honor his legacy we must be at least as bold. The time has come. Join the movement to #ReclaimMLK #MLKDay
Text: On April 4, 1967, Dr. King delivered a speech titled “Beyond Vietnam.” #DropTheMIC #ReclaimMLK
While he received a standing ovation that night, the following day Dr. King was denounced by 168 major newspapers. While today every major press outlet will commemorate and memorialize Dr. King, there was a time when that wasn't the case. #ReclaimMLK #MLKDay
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For what do you stand? #UltimateMeasure
Share your beliefs/passions/causes about:
#Love #Truth #Justice
What matters the most to you ~ for the Good of the Nation and the Planet?
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Some of my remarks titled "'The King is Dead': White Pathology and Its Consequences for the Black Freedom Movement" for #MLK2018 #ReclaimMLK
👉Intro 👈
A key premise that frames my remarks is that the US government is at war with its the Black citizens.
What most of you have learned in school as the transatlantic slave trade, Jim Crow, mass incarceration are phases of that war. The aim of the war is white supremacy. The police--local & fed (FBI, CIA, ICE or Immigration and Customs Enforcement) are instruments of white power.
For many of us, like me, who grew up in the ghettoes of America, the local police protect and serve white power and kill black and brown ppl. Indeed, Black "street gangs" like the Crips and Bloods in Los Angeles (my hood was Bloods) were a response to white violence.
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