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CAN WE CELEBRATE THE REAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR?

MLK, THE BLACK POWER ICON, A LION IN THE MIST OF CUBS

As a young black man, I was always taught that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was a go-along-to-get-along leader. As I became a man, I have learned that what the media and many black leaders were teaching us about Dr. King was entirely wrong! Dr. King was much more than the “I have a Dream” speech.

Dr. King wanted America to be held accountable to its “Promise.” The creed “all men are created equal” means that people keep certain inalienable rights that are innate in all human beings, according to the Constitutional Rights Foundation. This stems from the idea of natural rights, meaning people are naturally free to make their choices and prosper.

STANDING ON ACCOUNTABILITY–“We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” MLK 1963

King was a revolutionary. He went to Washington not to just sit at the counter with White People, Dr. King demanded America to make good on its promise. He required a CHECK! Not for himself, not for his organization but the poorest people of the nation.

ON REVOLUTION–“For years I labored with the idea of reforming the existing institutions of the South, a little change here, a little change there. Now I feel quite differently. I think you’ve got to have a radical reconstruction of the entire society, a revolution of values”. MLK 1967

He also recognized the unjustified to many black people and the unwillingness of the US government to solve the problem. He demanded black people to “redistribute the pain” by economic boycotts.

Dr. King recognized our financial strength by promoting cooperative economics. Something for the most part Black Leadership has failed to improve as a whole.

Many Black Preachers have refused to come from behind the pulpit or the walls of their cities and challenge injustice and speak truth to power like Dr. King, but love to claim him every holiday and Black History Month. Whatever prejudice affects the Black man in Mt. Vernon, affects the Black Man in White Plains, and whatever affects the Black Man in White Plains, has an impact on the Black Man in Yonkers. Dr. King saw no boundaries in fighting for injustice.

SPEAKING OUT ON INJUSTICE–“But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco-Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.

Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.” MLK 1963

Dr. King also knew that the fight against injustice must be brought out in the open for the world to see.

ON COMING FROM BEHIND THE PULPIT–“We merely bring to the surface the hidden tension that is already alive. We bring it out in the open, where it can be seen and dealt with. Like a boil that can never be cured so long as it is covered up but must be opened with all its ugliness to the natural medicines of air and light, injustice must be exposed, with all the tension its exposure creates, to the light of human conscience and the air of national opinion before it can be cured.”

This is one of the reasons the young don’t have faith in our leadership because they don’t see our leadership openly addressing the injustice that our youth see every day.

Would Dr. King have publicly supported Democratic candidates that were responsible for Mass Incarnation of Black People, inadequate legislation and the poor economic development of many Black cities run by Black Democrats?

ON BLACK POLITICIANS–“The majority of [Black] political leaders do not ascend to prominence on the shoulders of mass support…most are still selected by white leadership, elevated to position, supplied with resources and inevitably subjected to white control. The mass of [Blacks] nurtures a healthy suspicion towards this manufactured leader”. MLK 1967

Dr. King believed in our unity as black people to gain power politically and economically not from dealing from a position of political, economic weakness that we do today.

ON BLACK POWER–“Now there is a kind of concrete, real Black Power that I believe in…certainly if Black Power means the amassing of political and economic power to gain our just and legitimate goals, then we all believe in that.” MLK 1966

Would he be silent in Westchester when a White Plains Police Officer kills a Black Man and calls him a nigger minutes before senselessly taking his life?

ON POLICE BRUTALITY– We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. MLK 1963

Dr. King also admonished Black Pastors for being silent on the issue of Police Brutality.

BLACK PASTORS BEING PASSIVE ON POLICE BRUTALITY –“You warmly commended the Birmingham police force for keeping “order” and “preventing violence.” I doubt that you would have so warmly commended the police force if you had seen its dogs sinking their teeth into unarmed, nonviolent Negroes. I doubt that you would so quickly commend the policemen if you were to observe their ugly and inhumane treatment of Negroes here in the city jail; if you were to watch them push and curse old Negro women and young Negro girls; if you were to see them slap and kick old Negro men and young boys; if you were to observe them, as they did on two occasions, refuse to give us food because we wanted to sing our grace together. I cannot join you in your praise of the Birmingham police department.” MLK 1963

Here we are decades after the life and death of Martin Luther King Jr. still marching, singing and fighting for jobs, justice and to be recognized as human beings in the eyes of White people.

Maybe if we told the true story of Dr. King, the real issues he fought for and stood up against and emulate not just his word but his actions; we can finally say one day “Free at Last.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR. KING

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About Damon K. Jones (212 Articles)
Damon K. Jones is an Activist, Author, and Publisher of Black Westchester Magazine, a Black-owned and operated newspaper based in Westchester County, New York. Mr. Jones is a Holistic Health Practitioner, First Aid in Mental Health Practioner, Diet, and Nutrition Advisor, and Vegan, Vegetarian Nutrition Life Coach. Mr. Jones is a 31 year Law Enforcement Practioner, New York Representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America. Mr. Jones has been a guest commentator on New York radio stations WBLS (107.5 FM), WLIB (1190 am), WRKS (98.7 FM), WBAI (99.5 FM), and Westchester's WVOX (1460 am). Mr. Jones has appeared on local television broadcasts, including Westchester News 12 “News Makers” and Public Television “Winbrook Pride. You can now hear Damon every Wednesday at 830 AM on WFAS 1230 AM, Morning with Bob Marone Show.

4 Comments on CAN WE CELEBRATE THE REAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR?

  1. Well King, Chief Albert Luthuli et al were Black Leaders who were honoured by the White Liberal Establishment this in the face of growing radicalisation and militancy by the oppressed Black Youth who were calling for confronting White Supremacy in a more robust way. This as stipulated by Malcolm X and the Black Panther and in the case of South Africa where it was the Post Sharpeville massacre period Radical Black Leadership had given a call of Armed resistance and armed struggle against White supremacy. Both situation did not bode well with White Liberals and so the exalting, hailing and promoting liberal non violent Black leadership and also promoting non violent Black struggle against white supremacy therefore the awarding of this bull…… thing called Nobel Peace Prize and other accolades. Malcolm understood the white scheme and he warned Black People about it. So basically Luther King Jr, Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela were Choices of Black Leaders for Black People albeit Chosen for the Black People By the White Liberal Establishment.

  2. As you have so eloquently stated, Martin was so much more than most ever knew. Thanks for your commentary. These are the types of hard hitting issues soon to come from my podcast
    “The Morning Segment With Kenny B” Sincerely, KB

  3. Dr. Silvia Lloyd // January 16, 2017 at 3:14 PM //

    Beautifully said!

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