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15. What is interesting to note
is that King was "tolerated" when his struggle was confined to civil rights. He didn't become truly "dangerous" until he became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War and began advocating for economic justice, not just for blacks, but for all.

Although he was successful in the South, King's popularity began to wane when he spoke out against the Vietnam War. In May of 1966, against the wishes of even some of his close confidants, King began to denounce the conflict. Many thought that he should just stick to the issue of civil rights and leave foreign policy to others. However, feeling that it was an unjust war, King decided to speak out. After voicing his opinion on the war, nearly every major U.S. newspaper came out against him. As his popularity began to decrease, King launched the Poor People's Campaign that would transcend the wide chasm of race, culture, and religion. Tragically, he was fatally wounded by an assassin's bullet on April 4, 1968 while aiding Memphis sanitation workers in their fight for better working conditions.
http://martinlutherking.info/martinlutherking/dr-martin...

But Martin Luther King, Jr. was driven by his convictions and he continued to fight not just for the betterment of black people, but for all people. In 1968 King was planning for another demonstration in Washington, D.C. This time it was to be the Poor People's March to Washington, which King hoped would focus the nation's attention on poverty in America. But a sanitation workers' strike in Memphis, Tennessee drew his attention, and he travelled to Memphis and delivered a speech on April 3, 1968 in support of the workers. The next evening, Martin Luther King, Jr. was felled by an assassin's bullet as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Martin Luther King, Jr. was dead. The nation was shocked by the violent end of its most prominent civil rights advocate.
http://www.netstate.com/states/peop/people/ga_mlk.htm

The argument that he was assassinated when his rhetoric and movement began threatening the status quo is put forth here:
At the time of their assassinations, both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were embarking on a course in opposition to the capitalist system. It is clear from reading and listening to their final speeches that they had both evolved to similar conclusions of capitalism's role in the maintenance of racism. That is why they were "neutralized."

Unlike Malcolm X, who never got the opportunity to act upon his convictions, Martin Luther King was organizing a movement to obtain his stated goals when he was assassinated in Memphis. He was in Memphis to build "the coalition of an energized section of labor, Negroes, unemployed, and welfare recipients" in support of municipal garbage workers on strike.
http://www.geocities.com/youth4sa/mlk2.html

Interesting discussion points
http://www.howardri.org/MLKing%20Workshop.html
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  -MLK quote: unacceptably far left? Iverson  Oct-31-03 05:41 AM   #0 
  - These words were never 'safe.'  dbt   Oct-31-03 05:48 AM   #1 
  - Thanks for posting this. eloquent.  loudnclear   Oct-31-03 06:00 AM   #3 
     - Exactly !!! - And BTW, When Did The Truth Become 'Far Left' ???  WillyT   Oct-31-03 06:07 AM   #5 
        - When lies become government policy.  baldguy   Oct-31-03 06:20 AM   #6 
           - True.  WillyT   Oct-31-03 06:23 AM   #7 
              - True  G_j   Oct-31-03 07:03 AM   #9 
  - No  La_Serpiente   Oct-31-03 05:59 AM   #2 
  - Remember that Paul Robeson thread?  Iverson   Oct-31-03 06:05 AM   #4 
     - Would someone re-post it or link to the Robeson statement, please  loudnclear   Nov-01-03 06:59 AM   #45 
        - Here you go!  prolesunited   Nov-01-03 08:53 AM   #47 
  - About as far left as Cuomo's...  TreasonousBastard   Oct-31-03 06:29 AM   #8 
  - I hope so too.  Iverson   Oct-31-03 07:17 AM   #10 
  - It's hard to admit that our country has been living a lie...  Q   Oct-31-03 07:27 AM   #11 
  - It sickens me...  Michael Harrington   Oct-31-03 07:34 AM   #12 
  - True.  JanMichael   Oct-31-03 08:33 AM   #17 
  - The truth is timeless  Lurking_Argyle   Oct-31-03 07:36 AM   #13 
  - It's the spirit we've lost  Armstead   Oct-31-03 07:39 AM   #14 
  - What is interesting to note  prolesunited   Oct-31-03 08:06 AM   #15 
  - Thanks...  SeattleRob   Oct-31-03 12:47 PM   #24 
  - I agree  prolesunited   Oct-31-03 01:07 PM   #27 
  - "He didn't become 'dangerous' til he started advocating social justice"  Mairead   Oct-31-03 12:54 PM   #26 
  - It seems as if we've been locked in time.  JanMichael   Oct-31-03 08:30 AM   #16 
  - a modest kick  Iverson   Oct-31-03 09:14 AM   #18 
  - and another  Iverson   Oct-31-03 12:13 PM   #19 
  - MLK wasn't a politician  sangh0   Oct-31-03 12:17 PM   #20 
  - sure, but how about the question of the thread.  Iverson   Oct-31-03 12:27 PM   #22 
     - Sure  sangh0   Oct-31-03 12:50 PM   #25 
  - Gotta read the 'Beyond Vietnam' speech too  htuttle   Oct-31-03 12:26 PM   #21 
  - a welcome quote  Iverson   Oct-31-03 12:28 PM   #23 
  - Its not too far left, its just empty  Nederland   Oct-31-03 01:13 PM   #28 
  - Not empty  Armstead   Oct-31-03 01:27 PM   #29 
  - There is a reason for this...  Nederland   Oct-31-03 01:42 PM   #30 
     - We need to be reminded  Armstead   Oct-31-03 02:19 PM   #33 
  - a curious response  Iverson   Oct-31-03 02:33 PM   #34 
  - Just answering the question...  Nederland   Oct-31-03 05:22 PM   #36 
  - The money wasn't transfered to the poor  SeattleRob   Oct-31-03 03:29 PM   #35 
  - Life After Vietnam  Nederland   Oct-31-03 05:32 PM   #37 
     - HUH?  camero   Nov-01-03 06:03 AM   #44 
  - Your analysis  kenzee13   Oct-31-03 06:02 PM   #39 
  - Looks fine to me.....  sgr2   Oct-31-03 02:07 PM   #31 
  - Cheer on the Vietnamese resistance...  Isome   Oct-31-03 05:38 PM   #38 
     - Yeah, I did, did you?  sgr2   Nov-01-03 07:00 AM   #46 
  - How about you speak the truth, and say to hell with whats "popular"  Selwynn   Oct-31-03 02:09 PM   #32 
  - If we had Democrats  kenzee13   Oct-31-03 06:09 PM   #40 
  - I liked this thread  prolesunited   Nov-01-03 12:39 AM   #41 
  - How can....  Ani Yun Wiya   Nov-01-03 01:42 AM   #42 
  - I am DYING for someone to speak truth like this without apology...  Selwynn   Nov-01-03 02:34 AM   #43 
  - Sunday morning kick  Iverson   Nov-02-03 05:20 AM   #48 
 

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