Saturday, January 17, 2009

"MLK's dream included economic justice"--so now the AP tells us!

Funny how the main stream media has suddenly found this out. They've been deliberately shutting it out of discourse for a long, long, time:

AP via Seattle PI

"Although King is best known for his civil rights work, he was a staunch advocate for economic justice. In the months before he was killed, he had been working on the Poor People's Campaign and calling for an economic bill of rights. When he was assassinated in 1968, he was in Memphis supporting a sanitation workers' strike.

"Economic empowerment and justice was always a part of Dr. King's purpose," professor King said. "Civil rights without economic parity is still imprisonment."

While the election of Barack Obama is a huge step toward King's dream of a time when people are judged on the content of their character and not their skin color, economic data shows racial disparities are still pervasive when it comes to financial equality."

This is absolutely true and, guess what, people have known about it since King was actually advocating the policies while alive. It's the mainstream media who has shut out this aspect of King's work. It doesn't take "King scholars" as the article says, to find this out: the media could have listened to WBAI's MLK day programming. WBAI, the station that Democracy Now! calls home, once said that there should be a moratorium on broadcasting the "I have a dream" speech in order to broadcast later speeches that are more reflective of what King was advocating in his later days. The Vietnam War and Poverty are key themes in that. Also, the need to both have economic disparities between blacks and whites addressed AND the disparity between workers and owners addressed. This is indeed what he was talking about when he was in Memphis.

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