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Wed Jan 13, 2021, 08:26 AM

"MLK/FBI" director: "White men in power are frightened of losing their control of America"

"MLK/FBI" director: "White men in power are frightened of losing their control of America"
Director Sam Pollard spoke to Salon about breaking the FBI myth and how the investigation relates to racism today

By GARY M. KRAMER
JANUARY 12, 2021 11:19PM


(Salon) The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was called, "the moral leader of our nation." He was instrumental in mobilizing for civil rights with his participation in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, his nonviolent protest in Selma, Ala., and his speech from his March on Washington.

The compelling new documentary "MLK/FBI" recounts these and other key moments of King's legacy. However, filmmaker Sam Pollard ("Atlanta's Missing and Murdered" ) puts these events in the context of the FBI's investigation of King, and director J. Edgar Hoover's efforts to expose the civil rights leader's private life as a way of humiliating and weakening King.

Pollard cannily uses archival footage to tell this fascinating story, and the film features voiceover commentaries by Clarence Jones, an advisor to and speechwriter for King; Andrew Young, who was executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (King was its first President); author David Garrow; historian Beverly Gage; and former FBI director James Comey, among others.

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"MLK/FBI" shows how this King was a threat to white men in power with his nonviolent protests and his ability to mobilize a community, especially during a time of social change. What observations do you have about this, and how things have developed in the last 50+ years?

That attitude about white men in power feeling concerned about losing their power still exists today. It's not King alone; it's the Black Lives Matter movement, and it's other movements. There is still that notion that white men in power are frightened of losing their hold on America, their control of America. There have been changes, obviously I don't have to sit at the back of the bus anymore if I go down to Mississippi but as we see daily, Black men are being killed on the street. Breonna Taylor was shot. The notion of white men wanting power, and wanting to stay in power, still exists. The fear of people of color taking over "the notion of America" is still a thing that raises the hackles on many people's necks. That's why (Trump) has had such a presence in America the last four years. It was there underneath when Obama became president, and it burst up. It's amazing that the film, which is a period piece, is still so topical today. The subject matter is still topical today because until America wants to deal with what slavery meant to this country we will keep traveling down this same road. ................(more)

https://www.salon.com/2021/01/12/mlk-fbi-movie-sam-pollard/




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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 08:30 AM

1. The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.


The old world is dying, and the new world struggles to be born: now is the time of monsters.

-Antonio Gramsci

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 08:32 AM

2. IMO White people fear they will be treated as they have treated others if they become a minority.

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Response to TBA (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 08:38 AM

3. Really good point

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Response to judesedit (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 08:48 AM

4. I'm a Southerner raised in a racist extended family.

This is the fear... that white people will face discrimination and will be marginalized.

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Response to TBA (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:52 AM

6. I'm white and have lived in the south consecutively now for

over 36 years, in different towns in Florida, southern and north central, plus Georgia twice in the past. Born in NJ. I have never seen so many racist people. It is group think. But, aside from the racism, is the fear that poc will want their comeuppance of which whitey knows they deserve. You are absolutely right about this, imo

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Jan 13, 2021, 09:27 AM

5. The injustice is finally becoming glaringly obvious to a critical mass of White people.

A growing segment of white America supports BLM, opposes misogyny and other forms of bigotry, and embraces the ideals of democracy and equality. This is probably adding fuel to the fire of outrage and anxiety among the deadenders. If only they would man up and evolve.

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