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Special Project | A Martin Luther King Holiday Reader

  • Part 1: Rebranding MLK: How the Establishment Blackened His Dream and Whitewashed His Legacy
  • King died standing against wars and economic inequalities; notice how these themes are rarely mentioned by politicians, pundits and media personalities who cry crocodile tears for him.
  • Part 2: Duty to Warn: April 4th, 1984 and April 4th, 1968
  • Fascism is Alive and Well Despite Orwell’s and MLK’s Warnings
  • Part 3: A Country Without a Heart: thoughts on MLK, Dodge Rams, and the state of the country
  • The true measure of success is positive action.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Rebranding MLK: How the Establishment Blackened His Dream and Whitewashed His Legacy

King died standing against wars and economic inequalities; notice how these themes are rarely mentioned by politicians, pundits and media personalities who cry crocodile tears for him.

Teodrose Fikre , Ghion Journal

https://i1.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MLKBlackBackground800.jpg?w=800&ssl=1January 19, 2019 First, the ruling class kill messengers and then co-opt their messages. It’s a ploy that dates back to biblical times; Pharisees dispatch prophets and then whitewash their legacies in a concerted campaign to appropriate their movements. Truth tellers are twice victimized, once by assassins and the second time around by propaganda. Their likeness and their teachings are then cunningly marketed by the same powers they spoke against to reinforce the status quo.

This same playbook—which has been used to silence dissenters throughout the ages—was unleashed with ruthless efficiency against Martin Luther King Jr. Lost in the chorus of politicians, pundits and media personalities who are praising MLK is the core message that he was pushing before he was felled on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. King evolved in his thinking; instead of seeking Civil Rights for “African-Americans”, he made the fatal decision to fight for economic justice for all.

https://i2.wp.com/ghionjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/29196465_10156022729414404_6911631018176899444_n-1.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1 / Teodrose Fikre is the editor and founder of the Ghion Journal. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed byatwo year journey of hardship and struggle.

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Part 2: Duty to Warn: April 4th, 1984 and April 4th, 1968

Fascism is Alive and Well Despite Orwell’s and MLK’s Warnings

Gary G. Kohls, Duty to Warn

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/George%20Orwell%20on%20War.jpg4/4/17 | The famous date “April 4th, 1984” appeared in one of the early pages of George Orwell’s  most important novel (although “Animal Farm” was in the same league as the novel “1984”). The novel was a warning to readers about the continued threats to the world of a future totalitarian, corporatized, militarized police state - despite the defeat of Nazism in 1945. The novel was set in Oceania, once a thriving democracy which had been economically, structurally and morally torn apart by an atomic war that had become a perpetual war. The date April 4, 1984 was the first entry in the diary of Orwell’s main character, Winston Smith.
 
The previously free nation that he wrote about represented Great Britain forty years after the war had devastated the world, leaving it in a state with perpetual police state rule whose cruel and privileged elite (representing less than 1% of the population)  ruled with an iron fist.

Gary Kohls is a retired physician. His weekly columns, Duty to Warn, deal with the dangers of American fascism, corporatism, militarism, racism, and other movements that threaten the environment, prosperity, democracy, civility and the health of the populace.

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Part 3: A Country Without a Heart: thoughts on MLK, Dodge Rams, and the state of the country

https://smhttp-ssl-62992.nexcesscdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Colin-Kaepernick-Taking-a-Knee-1024-850x613.jpgFormer San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, with outside linebacker Eli Harold, left, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before a 2016 NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys. Kaepernick, who started the “Take a Knee” protest, was not signed by any NFL team for the 2017 season but won Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award and promised that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.” (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)   

America and Americans need to stop playing. Winning has nothing to do with money, cars or material things. The true measure of success is positive action. Anyone who cares can start by selling peace for free.

Eric OrtizTruthdig  / Rise Up Times

February 6,2018 | In 1972, Kurt Vonnegut covered the Republican National Convention in Miami Beach for Harper’s Magazine and wrote an essay about the experience, “In a Manner That Must Shame God Himself.”

According to Charles Shields, who wrote “And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life,” the title of the essay came from a flyer Vonnegut noticed that a group of Native Americans from various tribesweredistributing at the convention. Part of the flyer read: “We come today in such a manner that must shame God himself. For a country that allows a complete body of people to exist in conditions which are at variance with the ideals of this country, conditions which daily commit injustices and inhumanity, must surely be filled with hate, greed, and unconcern.”

Eric Ortiz, Truthdig Contributor, is a journalist and innovator with two decades in digital media.

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