Hundreds call for equality during Memphis march


Nearly 50 years after King's assassination, the notion that an organization like the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which was such a staunch opponent to the assertion of rights by Black citizens, can think a tweet can provide penance for its past evils is absurd. I believe King read the article - the first one in an issue on "Religion in America" - and that it helped shape his speech at Riverside.

But why is that so?

With the benefit of hindsight, we can clearly see King appealing to America to reach for the better angels of its nature. And we're going to fight for 15 in that city, as those workers are demanding $15 an hour in that city and are challenging the structures there legally and otherwise.

The Movement for Black Lives arose in protest against our criminal injustice system, in which blacks suffer both mass incarceration and too often violence from those who are supposed to protect them.

It was a few weeks ago that a white man traveled all the way from Baltimore to NY and killed Timothy Caughman simply because he was black.

Tuesday marked the 49 anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His popularity plummeted - as it probably would today if more people pondered the MLK of 1967 and 1968.

"Dr. Martin Luther King is the most notorious liar in the country", Hoover said ahead of King's 1964 trip to Oslo, Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. "So, I must worry about those kinds of things".

Barber went on to discuss the increase of poverty and classism.

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The threat of death at the hands of vigilante citizens against activists and even law enforcement is part of the complex landscape of black activism.

Most of us - conservative and liberal - would likewise tune out or mock King's insistence on loving our enemies. King was assassinated exactly one year later.

"Neither of us wanted him to come to Memphis", Young, speaking in the airport's ticketing area on Monday, said, referring to himself and Jackson. "I speak as one who loves America, to the leaders of our own nation: The great initiative in this war is ours; the initiative to stop it must be ours". However, their controversial politics and assimilation into whiteness might also be their saving grace.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. The "Bury the N-word" comes to mind as a movement that could be such.

So, for those us who aren't as respectable, we become targets.

Here's a piece of advice for the Federal Bureau of Incongruity: Stick to investigating the White House and Russian Federation.

"I think that this park can be a symbol for the acceptance and the openness and the lack of division that we want to see in this community", said DiStaulo. I received a death threat against my family and myself, recently. "So she's been talking about coming to visit his house for weeks now".

Dr. King promised to return and he did, but he would never march again. "I just feel like they're not on the side of the people- they're so caught up in "We have to win because we're the Dems" or "We have to win because we're the Republicans" and nobody's anxious about where they're leaving the people in these arguments that leave us with racism, militarism, and poverty".