A reflection on Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement


 

 

On January 15th, people in the North American Union once again gave recognitionon this the anniversary of the  birth of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. During the commensurations and reflections, talking heads eagerly commented on the effects that Martin King Jr. had on “race relations” and the civil rights movement since the turbulent ’60’s.  People talked about how courageous he was to eschew violence for the philosophy of none – violence. How he was being true to his Christian beliefs and as a nod to Mahatma Ghandi and his non-violent effort in throwing the British mouse of the back of the Indian Elephant. Of course the corporation called America has devolved so much since the turbulent ’60’s that the “love in” for Martin Luther would inevitable be followed by the rabid barking of “race” baiting troglodytes with self esteem issues, going on about how Martin Luther King was a womanizer, stole church funds and socialized with socialists.

I am somewhat glad to see these reprobates climb out of their garbage cans to vomit their bile and defecate all over themselves. So much for the adage…” if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything!”  Decorum has never ever stopped a red neck from exposing his lily livered, yellow bellied carcass. I am glad the roaches come out spewing their hatred, because their very presence gives lie to the often repeated crap connecting Martin Luther King Jr. to any semblance of harmonious relationship between the Caucasian and non- Caucasians in the Corporation called the United States of America Inc.

First of all the maze rats of America Inc, in the 21st century of the Gregorian calendar, are as ass backwards, isolationist and xenophobic as they were in the turbulent ’60’s. With the advent of upgraded technology, new age psychology and socio-psychobabble, they have effectively fooled themselves and others into believing that America Inc.,  has evolved forward into more advanced, compassionate people, with more tolerance and understanding for each other and their neigbours.

  “What do I think of Western civilisation?
I think it would be a very good idea.”

               
Ghandi responding to a reporter’s self-important question.

  Mahatma Ghandi was one of Martin Luther King’s biggest influences and many people drew a parallel with their stance on non – violence. However, the movement in America Inc. was a failure that was co-opted by agents of isfet, determined to ensure Africans in America, could not, would not and did not have an impact on the freedom aspirations of other oppressed people, such as the Native people’s struggle to move all these butchers off their sacred lands. Nor, they hope, would African people in America inc., be able to influence the burgeoning freedom movements in Africa, South East Asia and South America. Contrary to what is being force fed gullible lemmings, the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership group ectc, were not successful in getting the board and CEO of this Corporation to actually strive to bring in change in an atmosphere of violence and anger. With most of these coming from the Corporations own enforcement organizations. Contrary to what Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers believed up until 1967, non-violence was a retrograde philosophy that gave cowards’ false hope that “love will conquer all.” When Mahatma Ghandi stated that “Nonviolence is a weapon of the strong”, it was misunderstood to mean that being non violent would MAKE you strong.

 NO! An Iron fist in a velvet glove sums up Ghandi’s influence in India, against the British, as he correctly assessed that the British actually would foresee a long hard road of violence in India that would have over whelmed the British, if they did not choose the alternative. In America Inc, Africans did not have the same entrenched strength of population, culture and rising tide of unified anger. Just within the non violence collective, were groups each pulling a different way because they had different approaches to how best  get the cracker’s jack boots off their necks. In the more strident, military organizations, there were also differences of opinions that left them open to agent provocateur’s subterfuges, that had US organization and the Black Panther, for example,  shooting it out with each other instead of shooting at the White Supremacist power brokers. Some of these militant groups had no definitive agenda after the “fire next time” and ended up being infiltrated by communists, drug pushers and anti-African element, thus effectively shutting them down before they could pick up momentum.  

The Nation of Islam was one group that. On the surface, had the requisite, discipline, unity anda semblance of a goal under the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, to achieve remarkable things, but they too failed, due to their adherence to a non African religious dogma, that effectively prevented them from being a true vanguard for African liberation in America Inc. People failed to logically conclude that the weight of popular support was placed behind King and his organization because at the time they were scared shitless of the potential of the Nation of Islam…not so much under Elijah Muhammad, but under the influence of Malcolm X. You see Malcolm was a wild card that many young people…people with rebellious energy would pick up arms and follow. Malcolm influenced and still influences many radical elements to date, not the least of these were the Black Panthers. Unfortunately Malcolm was first constricted by the religious dogma and castration of Elijah Muhammad and later by the Arabism he later embraced. And this is coming from a staunch lover of El Hajj Malik Hal Shabazz.

As well, after the Nation of Islam, the Black Panthers would have been the next best thing, due to some positive ground breaking acts that still resonates today. But they got caught up in some semi socialist rehtoric, “white” women and “white” powder. I can safely say that King’s movement would not have grown if not for the rhetoric and potential threat of Malcolm. So when he was expunged from the nation because he dared to actually hold Elijah Muhammad accountable for certain acts, the doers of Isfet thought he was done…until he attempted to bring the plight of the Africans in America to the United Nation and exposed the under belly of the Corporate beast called America Inc.

 It is interesting that many today willingly give us half truth about Martin Luther King Jr.’s evolution from effeminized orator, practicing a retrograde philosophy of turning the other cheek, to one who actually grew a pair of gonads and was willing to stare down that cross dressing, homosexual, gay bashing J Edgar Hoover, after he threatened to expose King’s trail of prostitutes and cat chasing. In fact King grew so much into a true fighter for justice and against injustice that he called out America Inc. in his not so famous 1967 speech against the Vietnam WarHere is the video version.

Now I expect people to come up in here and pull me down because I am posting about the less than exemplary effects of the civil rights movements. But one must know their story before they run off at the mouth. The reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was a safe, albeit intelligent and promising choice to lead Montgomery, Alabama Baptist Church after the knee-grows ran Vernon Johns out of town. John’s crime, trying to teach knee-grows to do for self, to boycott anti-African establishment and to fight back when confronted by violence. Vernon Johns (April 22, 1892 – June 11, 1965) was an American minister, and inspirational civil rights leader. He was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s predecessor as pastor at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, and a mentor of Ralph Abernathy, Wyatt Walker, and a host of others in the Southern Christian Leadership Conference’s circle. The father of the American Civil Rights Movement, he laid the foundation on which King and others would build.

Johns was born in Darlington Heights in Virginia, in Prince Edward County and served as pastor of the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church from 1947 to 1952. Johns was a controversial figure who often spoke out against knee-grows as well as Caucasians. Despite being a preacher, he was not a believer in non-violence and believed in taking whatever action is necessary to achieve God-given or civil rights. He became the preacher of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery in 1948 and often upset its very conservative (punk ass) congregation. Titles of his sermons included “Segregation After Death”, “Constructive (or Creative) Homicide”, and “When The Rapist Is White”.

He strongly opposed segregation, on one occasion he refused to move into the ‘Colored’ section of a bus he was riding, and on another, walked into a ‘White’ restaurant and ordered a sandwich, knowing fully that he was putting his life at risk in doing so. In 1949 following a string of murders and other violent acts against Africans, Johns changed the name of his planned sermon to “It Is Safe To Kill Negroes In Montgomery”. This outraged the white community and led to him being summoned before the grand jury.  He believed that African people should support each other economically and encouraged the African people of Montgomery to sell produce such as fruit and vegetables to each other, instead of buying goods from the Caucasian man. He would sell fruit, vegetables and even fish to the congregation.  Over time, his relationship with the board of deacons became increasingly strained and on several occasions, he resigned his position. The final straw came when he drove onto the campus of Alabama State University and sold a truckload of watermelons. The deacons were highly upset, and the church finally accepted his fifth resignation. He died of a heart attack in Washington, D. C. in 1965. Unfortunately Vernon Johns became somewhat of a foot note in our story, because we allowed him to be because we still don’t preserve our true treasures, just like we failed to remember Claudette Colvin who also became a foot note in that time period.

Still as we remember the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., remember he was a man of uncommon intelligence, courage and strong belief in his work. He was also human and subject to temptations and manipulation as a young man, as a older man whose ego got out of control and as a man who found his way back to his principle which was influenced by Vernon Johns and was the true teachings that the mythical Jesus tried to pass down. As we remember Martin Luther King Jr. let’s not allow the devil to insert him/herself into how we view him and white wash the legacy of the civil rights movement…because we are still living the nightmare that caused him to dream of a kaleidoscope future… a dream differed.

What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore–
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over–
like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?

—Langston Hughes—–

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