Letter from Birmingham Jail was written in response to "A Call for Unity", an open letter published by white Alabama clergymen.
They called the civil rights efforts of 1963 "unwise and untimely". pic.twitter.com/CpI8i0qf4o
They called on black protestors to leave the streets and take their struggle to the courts (as if they couldn't and weren't doing both) pic.twitter.com/cVILnKgKCi
They were Episcopal, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Jewish, Presbyterian, and Baptist clerics.
Sensible. Moderate. Pragmatic. Solutions-based. pic.twitter.com/CAri2buXnQ
Letter from Birmingham Jail isn’t just a cute, pithy epistle. It is a thoughtful, critical, illuminating indictment of civil rights “allyship”.
History never occurs in a vacuum. Dig a bit and you’ll see.
My annual #MLKDay thread. Enjoy. Don’t be out here in these streets pretending like he’s Santa Claus preaching like a Black Baptist.
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I'm happy some can appreciate/learn from this thread. This isn't a "side of MLK". This was his message and yet the US government finds it advantageous to repackage and bastardize his work and message to its own advantage.
Only ever listening to and regurgitating the hegemonic national stories propagated by white American leaders does no one - except the powerful - any good.
Hearing the likes of Mike Pence and Gospel Coalition theobrogians quoting MLK makes my unblemished skin crawl. Quote Ben Carson, not Martin. He doesn't belong to you. He has no truck with your racist ideologies. Let him rest in peace.