[January 16, 2023] Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. So critical was King’s thinking that America created a federal holiday to remember what he did to help usher in Civil Rights for blacks and for all people. But do we truly believe in what he did?
Martin Luther King Jr. is useful to everyone these days. U.S. Presidents get to tell everyone that they share King’s “dream of equality, freedom, justice, and peace.” Advertisers using his name, help sell products and services. This was not always the case.
U.S. Senator Jesse Helms filibustered against the federal holiday, citing King’s “action-oriented Marxism” that was “not compatible with the concepts of this country.” In 1963, only 22% of Americans approved of the Freedom Rides fighting segregated transportation. King was part of a larger movement of socialism that did not just attempt to replace the Jim Crow system but replacing it with an egalitarian social democracy.
King was not a prophet of national unity, and that is why so many opposed his views then and now. He was a champion of the poor and those he considered oppressed. That does not sit well with those today aligned with the neo-Marxist Progressive movement in America who tacitly acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. but openly oppose his dreams of equality of opportunity and freedom.
King’s legacy is distorted and manipulated into something we no longer recognize. Our new elitists of Progressivism no longer believe in what he did. And his dreams are being dismantled one stone at a time.
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