Radical/Progressive Queer News and Commentary
from Memphis, Tennessee
Thursday, April 03, 2008
MLK's Last Speech
MLK's last speech, delivered in Memphis forty years ago tonight.
What if King were still alive? He'd be called an anti-American, racist, communist, just like when he was alive.
Ironic how even (most) conservative Republicans praise King now, but when he was alive they despised him. He was feared because he spoke truth to power. He was more than just a "civil rights" leader. He saw that "social justice" would require much more than civil rights legislation. He condemned U.S. imperialism and accused the U.S. of war crimes and terrorism. He opposed the Vietnam War. He was starting to spread his wings to take on poverty and capitalism, before he was taken from us. But his dream is our dream, and he lives through us.