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Happy Belated Birthday Dr King & Happy MLK Day Everyone Else

Better Late Than Never: A Birth Worth Celebrating.

Pensive Dr King
The Birthday Boy: The late great Dr King Speaking of Late, Here I am waiting t ill his Holiday only to its kinda crazy that really happened

Hey, better late than never right?

On the 15th of January of 1929 MLK jr was born into this world.  He would grow up to become one of the most influential people ever born.  His lifetime left a fingerprint on the very fabric of society makeup and composition of this nation in a major and compelling way.  The fingerprint of his lifetime will be felt and seen, and may even pop up in the extremely rare instance that it’s needed. world, into this world ., easily one of the most influential figures in my own personal growth and development journey and that of so many others was born.

Who knows where this nation would be, were he still here if he were with us still today; would the protests and the #BlackLivesMatter or #BlackBrunch  #EricGarner and #Ferguson campaigns would still be going on?.

 

Tragedy Strikes @ The Lorraine Motel Memphis, TN-April 4, 1968

A Great Leader Is Taken From Us Far Too Soon.

Dr. King’s life, his wisdom, and his leadership were stripped from us that fateful day, April 1968, robbing us of what surely would have been a calming voice of reason, drowning out the angry din of the turbulent times that lie behind us, and those that lay ahead.  His moral judgement serving as a nautical star, always guiding us towards that promised land, the one he dreamed of; where all men are created equal and judged only by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

It Is His Day After All

In honor of his birthday,  his name day and his me-mo-ray(that’s memory for the illiterates amongst you), I shared some of his stuff below, beginning with speech about that dream his name came to become synonymous with.

Obviously Dr. King can’t take all the credit for the entire civil rights movement, much as the media among other people would like to just give it to him.  There were people and organizations fighting for the rights of African-Americans long before Dr. King ever got sent to Montgomery, or got the spotlight from the boycotts, but his pre-eminent role as the representative and face of the larger movement as a whole can’t be denied either,

He was merely upholding a tradition kept alive by all those who have fought for equality from the inside like A Philip Randolph who threatened to march on washington if African-Americans weren’t included to begin with.  No more of this playing  game and shit with your crappy ass little weaves or whatever the fuck you put in there. within their tribe or their own mind that we really don’t need to have any one there for it, because it’s just been one like

These Times, They Are A Changin:

From the time the Montgomery Bus Boycott began in 1955 until the his death in 1968 and even beyond; Dr King and the rest of the movement took the battle to the power structure and not vice versa, continuously applying pressure. in well thought out places   In attacking racism and discrimination where it existed and was most vehement; the lunch counters, the bus stops, and the polling place, of the deep south, they not only placed the entire practice of Jim Crow on display,  they put it on trial in the court of public opinion, a battle Jim Crow eventually lost.

Dr Martin Luther King Jr Delivering Speech
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr delivering one of his last speeches prior to his being assassinated at the hands of some backwoods simpleton who couldn’t plan his way out of a paper bag.

 

The Civil Rights Movement’s creative use of non violent direct action to frame and challenge the Jim Crow laws of the South met  with violence and repression at the hands of small town police,  members of the KKK, or just your garden variety, small-minded, red neck prick; most of which viewed by Americans across the nation were able to witness ignorance first hand at least once in their life.   Meeting non-violence with extreme violence backfired, leading to increased support for the demonstrators and eventually leading to Jim Crow’s demise with the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

A Job Well Done?  More Like It’s Just Begun, Time For Phase Two:

Let us not forget this little tidbit either,  just before his murder, Dr King had been in the process of expanding his consciousness and understanding and taking riskier opinions than he had previously or at least in public.s .  Rather than basking in the major accomplishments of the Civil Rights Movement, especially for African-Americans of  the South, he sought to do even more before he died, and  his last efforts weren’t limited  to the black community either welcoming all people regardless of religion and regardless of creed.  He also came out against the Vietnam War publicly in one of his speeches, something the old Dr King would never have done for fear of rocking the boat.  The Poor Peoples Campaign was open to all people regardless of race or anything like that, but it is probably my favorite speech of his .

Status Report: Where We Stand At Now

 

The Poor People’s campaign The plan was for a large multicultural group of poverty activists to march on the washington memorial plaza whatever and camp out there as a reminder of poverty that Congress wouldn’t be able to ignore it anymore.  Sadly, Dr. King would not see this one through to completion James Earl Ray’s 30.-.06 cut his life short, and for no apparent  reason other than who he is.  At the time of the shooting, Dr. King and his entourage were in the middle of doing something with a document, it looked interesting

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/3816635″>Martin Luther King, Jr: “Mountaintop” speech full length</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user907438″>Filip Goc</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

I think it’s pretty safe to assume everyone else feels the same as me when it comes to whether we feel as though we have to really put in very much effort .get up for anyone  about our sloppy levels of play lately not being acceptable anymore.  Everything has been all out-of-place I’m confident in saying I still don’t recognize the idyllic locale of his dream; guess we’re all still waiting on those two tickets to paradise as it sits now and you better believe this guy desperately is in need of a tan.

Gone But Not Forgotten

Luckily, I’m not the only one whose life the great Dr. King has touched.  We can rest assured that his memory will live on, the light he used to combat darkness will continue to illuminate the way for each of us committed to making this world a better place, a righteous one filled with love.

Only question is, who will join me?

 

Sources Consulted:

Wikipedia: Poor People Campaign

 

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What Is Wrong With The World?

Are we ok? Is it ok (the world)? Is there anything wrong with us, with it?  If so, what is it; any thoughts?  Do you ever take a moment to yourself to stop and ask these very important and meaningful questions?   If not; you’re in luck!

Someone Else Beat You To It:

Don’t beat yourself up over it if you’ve never been lost deep in thought about the meaning of life, or struggled  to find or identify the source for some of those problems.

You’ve been beaten to it by  Bertrand Russell  (1879-1970), a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social critic and political activist.[56][57] (Lets just say he wore many hats and leave it at that).

Bertrand Said It Best, But What Next?

I whole heartedly, 100% agree with his observation; I’m just not the type of guy to be ok with leaving it as such; just an observation, or some witty & catchy phrase oft spoken of but never acted on.

There’s a happy medium between knowing you don’t have all the answers and thinking you know none of them, we just have to find it.  There exists a constant give and take to everything.

Sharing our own thoughts and ideas is an importanat aspect of gaining knowledge or wisdom.  It enriches the lives of those around you, offering them a glimpse into your thought process, a glimpse behind the curtains at what it is that makes you tick, that makes you human.

Being open to listening to other people’s thoughts and opinions and striving for  understanding is equally important.  It  helps to make the world a wiser, and more understanding, tolerant and empathetic place.  Sharing your thoughts with others is enriching; to them, to those around them, and don’t forget yourself)

Heres a prime opportunity to empower yourself, and those around you.  Tell us, what you think? w What are your thoughts? others ourselves and each other by making use of that oft neglected moment for reflection to think I mentioned earlier and using it to actually put ourselves out there.

American involvement

A pictoral dedication of sorts to the veterans of Vietnam. Please believe me when I say that I am about as anti-war as they get, however that does not influence my view necessarily of the individuals who served in it.  Despite the way we currently view that war or its motives, we must ensure that we treat all of our veterans with dignity and respect.

Sometimes the TRUTH HURTS

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The dirty war on WikiLeaks | Digg Worldnews.

Being a history major at heart, and one who focused on the 20th century United States at that, this troubles me.  It serves as  a strikingly clear example that our society is indeed   [drumroll please]………

 ass backwards.

It is only evidence that we as a society are incapable of learning from past mistakes.  Instead we choose to continue making the same ones.  OVER and OVER again.  This event right here, bullying and smearing anything and anyone who publicly says anything against us, regardless of truth, is a tactic the government uses more than most coaches do “trick plays”.  The plays effectiveness “kindasorta lightweighthardcore” depends upon its catching the opponents off guard.  Faking the field goal doesnt work so well on first down guys…. I don’t know what worries me more, that the government continues to use this as an acceptable tactic to deal with its dirty laundry, that we let them, or that it works…. Each of which could stand alone as cause for  concern.

Black Panther Party
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The United States government has unashamed done things of this nature to organizations and people throughout history, especially during times of “conflict” or characterized by high levels fo tension.  The target is usually someone of prominence either within the organization or the media.  Quite often they head an organization which casts the United States government in a less than flattering light.  These hypocritical actions at the hands of the government flagrantly trample the civil rights they so ardently claim to uphold.  There are several works in publication which document in some detail government repression of radical organizations.  One of those books is Ward Churchill‘s book Agents of Repression, chronicles the systematic sabotage of groups such as the Black Panther Party or the American Indian Movement (AIM).  At this very moment Leonard Peltier, a member of AIM, sits on death row for a crime it has since come to light that he didn’t commit, evidence exists that it was impossible.  There are many examples of the government and the FBI in particular exerting too much force, needlessly further escalating a situation.  I mean our governement went in with guns blazing  in the middle of the night while Fred Hampton slept with his pregnant fiance.

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(The murder of Fred Hampton, Pine Ridge, and Waco pop into my mind).  I should expect that the Justice Department will hold on to Assange for as long as possible without charging him, then hand him off and stall in general because its advantageous for Assange to be in jail spending his money on court costs instead of leaking more embarrassing documents from a “transparent” government.

Pffft “transparency”, what a joke……

the only thing resembling transparency comes from their mouth’s which spew ephemeral words of no value.

From the Vietnam War era through the present there has been a major scandal involving the government in every administration.  And to make matters worse, always, always, always, the first reaction is to cover it up.  Just deny everything and it will go away.  And every single time it blows up in their face.  You would think that they would learn from their predecessors and just sack up and own it.  It’s never the act itself that does the REAL damage.  It’s the lying, like we, “society” as a  whole are mentally deficient.  Talk about a breach of trust and confidence.  Factor in the lack of concrete, objective and fair reporting of any sort on pretty much any station radio or television and the stagnant partisan culture of Washington these days and its no big mystery why people are beginning to take to the streets in protest.  Or turning to the internet which narrowly escaped government regulation in order to get their message out a la #occupy

On the opposite side of that spectrum are the people who see no point i taking any part whatsoever in the political process.  “Why bother?” they say.  It’s not like my vote matters…and maybe they’re right to some degree.  Especially with the way things are during our time.  While they vote may not matter the voice does.  If you don’t tell people what you need, what you expect, or what you desire then you can’t get mad when for some strange reason they don’t deliver.  Or you can’t complain about that measure that didn’t pass, when you “passed” on the civic duty thing.  Unfortunately, its my personal belief that the population is composed of  this group for the most part.  I’m truly hoping that people will prove me wrong.

Our government will continue is pathological trend, that punk kid.  Going on about its business and ignoring any data, report, or statistic which challenges its predetermined inflexible stance on a situation which may need rubber band like elasticity.  Again guilty of learning all the WRONG messages from Vietnam.  I guess my point is that they will ALWAYS be that punk kid until someone knocks em’ on their ass.  The government will always be a pathological liar unless we force them to take ownership, catch and draw attention to their inaccuracies.  If we don’t let the government know that we wont stand for innocent people sitting on Death Row, or being held indefinitely while being charged with nothing that is where Leonard Peltier and Julian Assange will remain.If we don’t use and cultivate that voice of ours and let our elected representatives know that  then our goose is really cooked.  America and its inhabitants need to take a healthy dose of responsibility and stop hiding from shit its impossible to hide from.