“Tell me yourself, I challenge you—answer. Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature… and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears: would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell the truth.”
– Dostoevsky, “The Brothers Karamazov”


The Radical King Swept Under The Rug

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Everyone should study the last speeches of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and reflect on the evolution of his message—from one of an integrationist “Dreamer” in 1955, to one of a true wide-awake revolutionary in 1968 when he was murdered.

The world came to know Dr. King during the 1955-56 Montgomery Bus Boycott in which he proclaimed his earnest belief that

“We want to love our enemies — be good to them. This is what we must live by, we must meet hate with love. We must love our white brothers no matter what they do to us.”

But by the mid-1960s, it is clear that Dr. King began to consider that The Teachings of The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad had profound relevance to the struggle for Black freedom in America. Bro. Dr. King and his wife Coretta met with The Messenger of Allah at his Chicago home on 24 February, 1966

Privately, Dr. King indicated a true shift in his belief that the pursuit of “integration” through “non-violent” civil rights struggle would be the answer to the righteous demands of his oppressed people.  In the last days of his life, King confided in his friend Harry Belafonte:

“You know, we fought long and hard for integration…But I tell you, Harry, I’ve come on a realization that really deeply troubles me. I’ve come to the realization that I think we may be integrating into a burning house.” 


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“We live in a beautiful country,” writes historian Howard Zinn. “But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back.”


“We No Longer Live in a Democracy”: Henry Giroux on a United States at War With Itself by Leslie Thatcher


“Too many people today accept the notion that their fate is solely a matter of individual responsibility, irrespective of wider structural forces,” writes cultural critic and theorist Henry A. Giroux, in his new book, America at War with Itself. “This much promoted ideology, favored by the rich, suggests that human relations boil down to competition and combat. People today are expected to inhabit a set of economic relations in which the only obligation is to fight for one’s own self-interest.” This troubling trend is not only profoundly anti-democratic, but also works to eliminate structural, systemic and social concerns from public discourse, creating what Giroux has described as “organized powerlessness.”

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