Beyond "I Have A Dream"—The Dr. King you don't hear
Recently, it's become a staple of Martin Luther King Day commemorations to remind the nation that Dr. King was more than "I Have A Dream". The sentiments expressed in that seminal address are the ones which the comfortable cling on to in order to avoid harsh realities. "I Have A Dream" was aspiration; but Dr. King knew much festered and would have to be cured before it became a reality.
But we don't discuss the other things he said, because the dominant myth is of a conciliatory Negro who didn't want to offend the feelings of white people. Dr. King was anything but. So, on this 2018 Martin Luther King Day, a few of his less-well-known quotes which laid out the problems which would have to be solved before the utopia of his Washington, DC oration could be realized.
(All quotes from this article on Alternet: 9 MLK Quotes the Mainstream Media Won't Cite.)
A reminder as the creature in the White House issued a proclamation for Martin Luther King Day that this man, this American, cannot be reduced to simple pieties. Like the prophets of Israel, he combined a vision of hope with clear and candid assessment of current problems.
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