Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam"

Some thoughts on Dr. King's birthday, the Tuscon shooting and the notion that this administration using MLK's name to support the Pentagon's war effort. It is not only ludicrous - but shameful.

There are many in this country who are still disturbed by the violence in Tucson last week and hear the words echoed by our president who said, "...we need to do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations."

I'm sure many of America's children expect to know why their parents can't find work.  Many should expect to understand why their families homes are in foreclosure even when their parents pay on time. Many college-aged children expect an explanation as to why banks get billion dollar bonuses for committing fraud when they can't pay their skyrocketing tuition costs.

Today, we are now at war longer than the one in Viet Nam.

This weekend, for Dr. King's birthday, I had to share this speech.  You will likely not hear how he applauded dissent when our country most needed it.  How outspoken he was about the war and the needs of the poorest Americans, both black and white.  Dr. King may never have considered himself a hero simply for speaking the truth, but now we have arrived at a time in history where we do understand...


Telling the truth is indeed, a revolutionary act.


Happy Birthday, Dr. King.  America would do better by its children if it lived up to your expectations.

UPDATE: A much needed perspective from Cornel West




  

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