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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-03-08 05:26 PM
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3. He was killed because he was a democratic socialist.
Towards the end of MLK's life, his message started to grow in terms of scope. In the early days, it emphasized the struggle against segregation, but towards the end it started broadening towards the fundamental question of social justice or economic justice. That is probably the final straw that led to his assassination. He talked about uprooting the old system entirely and replacing it. For people who profited off the old system, this was too much.

You can't talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can't talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out of slums. You're really tampering and getting on dangerous ground because you are messing with folk then. You are messing with captains of industry Now this means that we are treading in difficult water, because it really means that we are saying that something is wrong with capitalism There must be a better distribution of wealth and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism.

-- MLK, Frogmore, South Carolina, November 14, 1966. Speech in front of his staff

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_luther_king
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