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Wed Jul 3, 2019, 10:48 PM

Martin Luther King -- The Three Evils Of Society

This is King's most important and prophetic speech. Given August 31, 1967. Yet there is no full transcript available for it (at least not for free).

Ten minutes in, one can feel how holistically revolutionary Martin Luther King is today.

... with we have come here because we share a common concern for the moral health of our nation. We have come because our eyes have seen through the superficial glory and glitter of our society and observed the coming of judgment. Like the prophet of old, we have read the handwriting on thewall. We have seen our nation weighed in the balance of history and found wanting. We have come because we see this as a dark hour in the affairs of men.

We were the dreamers of a dream that dark yesterdays of man's inhumanity to man would soon be transformed into bright tomorrows of justice. Now it is hard to escape, the disillusionment and betrayal. Our hopes have been blasted and our dreams have been shattered. The promise of a Great Society was shipwrecked off the coast of Asia, on the dreadful peninsula of Vietnam. The poor, black and white, are still perishing on alonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. What happens to a dream deferred? It leads to bewildering frustration and corroding bitterness.

Selfishly, I thought of my suffering and sacrifices over the last twelve years. Why would they boo one so close to them? But as I lay awake thinking. I finally came to myself. And I could not for the life of me have less impatience and understanding for those young men. For twelve years, I and others like me, have held out radiant promises of progress. I had preached to them about my dream.

I had lectured to them about, the not to distant day when they would have freedom, all here, now. I had urged them to have faith in America and in white society. Their hopes had soared. They were now booing me because they felt that we were unable to deliver on our promises. They were booing because we had urged them to have faith in people who had too often proved to be unfaithful. They were now hostile because they were watching the dream that they had so readily accepted, turn into a frustrating nightmare. This situation is all the more ominous, in view of the rising expectations of men the world over.

...so the collision course is set. The people cry for freedom and the congress attempts to legislate repression. Millions, yes billions, are appropriated for mass murder; but the most meager pittance for foreign aid for international development is crushed in the surge of reaction. Unemployment rages at a major depression level in the black ghettos, but the bipartisan response is an anti-riot bill rather than a serious poverty program.The modest proposals for model cities, rent supplement and rat control, pitiful as they were to began with, get caught in the maze of congressional inaction.

Yes the hour is dark, evil comes forth in the guise of good. It is a time of double talk when men in high places have a high blood pressure of deceptive rhetoric and an anemia of concrete performance. We cry out against welfare handouts to the poor but generously approve an oil depletion allowance to make the rich, richer.

What they truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor.

A nation that continues year after year, to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.

The issues of civil rights cannot be separated from the issues of peace. I intend to keep these issues mixed because they are mixed.

Let us stand in this convention knowing that on some position cowardice asks the question, "Is it safe?"; expedience asks the question, "Is it politic?"; vanity asks the question, "Is it popular?"; but conscience asks the question, "Is it right." On some positions it is necessary for the moral individual to take a stand that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because it is right.

We say to our nation tonight, we say to our government, we even say to our FBI, we will not be harassed, we will not make a butchery of our conscience, we will not be intimidated, and we will be heard.

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Response to ancianita (Original post)

Wed Jul 3, 2019, 11:38 PM

1. Thank you, I needed this post!

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Response to Anon-C (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 4, 2019, 09:24 AM

2. We ALL need it today.

Our collective historical vision about who we are as a country will get us through this chaining of democracy.

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Thu Jul 4, 2019, 09:32 AM

3. King has a 12 foot tall stature; trump is around 4 inches

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