In marking the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., I went back 41 years to April 4, 1967, and reread his speech "Beyond Vietnam."
...I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.Read the entire speech and the obvious parallels to Iraq, not to mention some statements of Jeremiah Wright's, just jump right out at you.
After 40 years of beatifying King, it's easy to forget that his "colorblind" anti-poverty and anti-war statements were not fashionable or well-received even among his colleagues within the Civil Rights movement. It's easy to forget that it is possible to have a movement that goes beyond one's own popularity and celebrity.