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
NYT, in particular, reminded Dr. King his battlegrounds were "in Chicago and Harlem and Watts" and by diverting attention to Vietnam was "both wasteful and self-defeating." #ReclaimMLK #DropTheMIC
But Dr. King held that racism, poverty, and militarism were interlocking evils. One ex.- Vietnam saw the highest proportion of Blacks ever to serve in a US war. #ReclaimMLK #DropTheMIC
Dr. King called young men to become conscientious objectors. Black #GIResistance argued that the discrimination they faced in ranks was symptomatic of a society that oppressed Black ppl, & war itself was an extension of white supremacy. #DropTheMIC Link:
On April 4, 1968, precisely one year after he delivered “Beyond Vietnam,” Dr. King was assassinated. According to a poll in early ‘68, MLK’s disapproval rating was nearly 75% at the end of his life. #RelcaimMLK
Dr. King stated, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.” We won’t be silent anymore. Join us to #ReclaimMLK
Dr. King directed us to, "make what reparations we can for the damage we have done." As an org, we endeavor to be a community connected in solidarity with war-torn peoples, working across differences for reconciliation, mutual healing, and collective liberation. #ReclaimMLK
As anti-militarist veterans, we owe a great deal to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. whose vehement condemnation of US militarism & gross disparities in wealth/ opportunity laid the foundation for our ongoing work. #ReclaimMLK #DropTheMIC #MLKDay
.@RevDrBarber of @UniteThePoor says “we must reach down in the blood and pick up the baton.” This requires acknowledging the blood our military spills around the world so corporations can profit, & demanding change. JOIN US → #DropTheMIC #ReclaimMLK
Honoring Dr. King requires action. RT & join the movement —> #DropTheMIC #MLKDay #MLK2019
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