Remembering a Radical

Love and Rage Media Collective

by Derek Scarlino/Love and Rage

Many commemorate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. without paying much tribute at all to the intellect and ideas of the man. We settle for a whitewashed history that erases much of the man himself and his radical, even revolutionary, views. This fallacy is then dishonestly attributed to groups fighting for freedom in the United States today. Many of those who trumpet his example to excoriate civil unrest in places like Ferguson and Baltimore blow hot air into a safe-for-all narrative of King that is edited to serve their point. However, these same individuals would have considered King to be just as dangerous as the establishment did at the time.

King would also allege that he was far more than ‘I Have a Dream’; an important speech nonetheless, but his views on capitalism as an enabler of racism, militarism and…

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