Here's a reminder that MLK Jr was not your precious Civil Rights Jesus™. That his politics were & still are radical & that their scope surpassed *integration* & took shots at the states' horrid treatment of veterans, poor folx here (abroad) & and the idea of "US Hegemony" pic.twitter.com/ngAdguClnD
MLK The Civil Rights Teddy Bear 🐻™ that your mamaw and papaw told you about in your youth is a lie. So it would beseech you to refrain quoting the same three damn quotes about "love driving out hate" and "loving your enemies". pic.twitter.com/X0X7r1gCJI
You know, lest someone test the relevance of those quotes by slapping the spittle from your revisionist and Whitewashing mouth 😊 pic.twitter.com/w0JjN3ULCf
Happy MLK Jr day to everyone Black. Everybody else--but especially White conservatives and White liberals--can all step on Legos and piss off.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/fVK0FYF6Sb
Oh and because I'm petty, here are radical MLK Jr quotes that White people pretend didn't happen: pic.twitter.com/80otmlfhXP
"…I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube.” pic.twitter.com/fV8CNTnr9F
"...A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death" pic.twitter.com/UnDLpWl8fE
"...Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn." pic.twitter.com/OCCoCcgiBE
"...[The Negro] remembers that with each modest advance, the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.” pic.twitter.com/4QFYyG9VSf
"...A riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the plight of the negro poor has worsened over the last twelve or fifteen years. It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met." pic.twitter.com/V2IbYBaeoF
"...Large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.” pic.twitter.com/qFW9hRlDpT
"...I am much more socialistic in my economic theory than capitalistic.” pic.twitter.com/w3gQNFxZyO
"... A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.” pic.twitter.com/mxEApS6TRh
"...The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.” pic.twitter.com/xBQeWwuR6O
"...Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism"
*ETERNAL HOSTILITY* 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/IeUp5ANKRs
"...The price that America must pay for the continued oppression of the Negro and other minority groups is the price of its own destruction.” pic.twitter.com/m13fkBxPqX
"...The problem of housing discrimination is a glaring reality all over this country, north and south; and as long as we have this problem, there will be some form of de facto segregation in the public schools and in all other areas of life." pic.twitter.com/t9MXxiIiPe
"...Capitalism [did not] prosper out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice. The fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor – both black and white, both here and abroad.” pic.twitter.com/E9MRYVu9dR
“...The problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power.” pic.twitter.com/VCGZDtoHfK
"...“[I]t is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.” pic.twitter.com/SXYaIrIgQV
"...If peace means keeping my mouth shut in the midst of injustice and evil, I don’t want it. If peace means a willingness to be exploited economically, dominated politically, humiliated and segregated, I don’t want peace." pic.twitter.com/lOXfUy36Jl
"...The Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councillor or the Ku Klux Klanner but the white moderate--who [paternalistically] says, 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action'" pic.twitter.com/0JHsKTxODk
"...I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without first having spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today: my own government." pic.twitter.com/IS7RVtn0Io
"...There aren't enough white persons in our country who are willing to cherish democratic principles over privilege." pic.twitter.com/54Qu8jh5wB
"...However difficult it is to hear, however shocking it is to hear, we’ve got to face the fact that America is a racist country." pic.twitter.com/5EBQndhgtB
That's all I got time for today. Just 20 quotes. But lemme remind you that there are WAY more from where these came from. These only scratch the *surface* of his oft-Whitewashed and deified politics. pic.twitter.com/2uyjihWJzg
TL;DR: Your McGraw-Hill textbook is, has, and will always be full of shit when it comes to MLK Jr.
Debate ya mamaw and papaw who sweartaGod they "marched" right next to him in Selma. Not me.
Since this thread is poppin' again, let me gone ahead and plug myself. Being this funny, historically-accurate, and snarky is hard work 😂https://t.co/X1C4aJhHlJ