…mlk, from civil rights activist to celebrity…Posted: 2016-01-18
…created by his former persecutors, the very us corporate political and media establishments…
Amid all the reverential piffle of the US political and media ‘elites’, a very stark reminder from the US news blog fair, a post by Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon, The Martin Luther King You Don’t See on TV. Keeping in mind that the post is of 1995 and relates to years of Dr King that have been ignored to the point of ‘air brushed out of history, we consider a sample of observations,
The remarkable thing about this annual review of King’s life is that several years — his last years — are totally missing, as if flushed down a memory hole.
With regard to income and inequality in the US,
Noting that a majority of Americans below the poverty line were white, King developed a class perspective. He decried the huge income gaps between rich and poor, and called for “radical changes in the structure of our society” to redistribute wealth and power.
US foreign economic policy?
In foreign policy, King also offered an economic critique, complaining about “capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries.”
US militarism, its political establishment, the military, and the downtrodden of the US?
King’s economic bill of rights called for massive government jobs programs to rebuild America’s cities. He saw a crying need to confront a Congress that had demonstrated its “hostility to the poor” — appropriating “military funds with alacrity and generosity,” but providing “poverty funds with miserliness.”
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And for a noteworthy contrast, James Bovard at the counterpunch blog examines a personality who fancies himself as a latter day Martin Luther King, Obama Speech Ignored His Death Toll at Home and Abroad. A tart observation,
The White House kept one seat vacant in the gallery during Obama’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday “for the victims of gun violence who no longer have a voice.” This was part of Obama’s campaign for new federal restrictions on firearms ownership.
But shouldn’t there have also been chairs left empty to memorialize other casualties – including those “who no longer have a voice” thanks to Obama administration policies?
For further contemplation on this day in all contradiction to history, John Chuckman, again of counterpunch, observes in this post, Obama’s Crocodile Tears, on the corporate media’s conclusive association of the US President’s watery eyes with grief at deaths,
As remarkably few in other lands appear to grasp, America is a massively brutal society. This is true both at home and abroad, and I should know because I grew up there. I also know it will not change within the lifetimes of any readers, the overwhelming size and nature of the situation being beyond what many outside observers can imagine.
Then again, there was great media commotion at a similar spectacle of the US President’s watery eyes, well captured by cameras, during a performance by singer, Aretha Franklin.
Not to be outdone, there is a sharp sense of humour to be celebrated in the US on its Martin Luther King day. No tears on this one. Only character definition, as borne out by subsequent performance,
And to remove all doubts as to the mission of ‘hope and change’, we have US Income Inequality Soars to Highest Levels on Record. And since 2013 of of that report, that inequality has increased. Now that is how to emulate the values of Dr King.
…thanks to us media bombast now replaces performance and accomplishment…