The Media Did not Love MLK Until 1968

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Media and the MLK

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States of America is a sign post of change, in a place that change doesn't’t come easily. The change brought about due to the work of this man has benefited every single American and not just Blacks, immigrants and laborers. He historically said, during his most famous speech, “ I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’”

King, Jr. is a man renowned for not ‘kissing the ring.’ Many people who fight for righteousness know how difficult it is both then and now. Pushing against an established institution is difficult and many times one with a rebellious energy will be asked to acquiesce.

This year is a special year, its the 50 anniversary of Kings assassination in Memphis, TN on 4 April 1968. Just three years earlier another fighter for truth and righteousness was killed in Washington Heights, NYC that will not have a national holiday forthcoming, Malcolm X. As a matter of fact

every person of color who has challenged the status quo has died at the hands of an assassin. It has been evidenced that the law has been sacrificed, the courts have been sacrificed, all to maintain white supremacy. Until we talk about this truthfully we as Americans will forever continue this endless loop of racist behavior that this country is built upon.

In todays world the mainstream media have glowing words and quotes to support the slain civil rights giant, but it wasn't’t always that way. Do you remember, how Michael Jackson was treat prior to his death. He was vilified in the media being called a pedophile and a creep. The day he died, he again became one of the greatest entertainers of our time. The same treatment is true for King, Jr.

Southern media outlets were expected to respond in a reactionary way and they did. He was ridiculed and demeaned suffered through condescending interviews and inciting news coverage. He was called Martin Luther Coon and dogged in general. He stepped up for those who didn't’t have a voice.

A year before his death th referred to the United States as, “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” He spoke against the Vietnam war which at the time was not a popular stance. He called for fairness if pay and real changes to our society that would allow a level field for every American.

 

Noam Chomsky on MLK

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It is unfortunate this is the  world we live in humanity has never  existed. the only thing does exist is bigotry and hatred and of course racism.

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