Martin Luther King, Jr. The official version of Dr. King's life is that he was a fighter for racial justice in America, and that's that.
Martin Luther King, Jr. For fifty years there has been a media blackout supported by government deception to hide the truth.
And few people, in a massive act of self-deception, have chosen to question the absurd official explanation, choosing, rather, to embrace a mythic fabrication intended to sugarcoat the bitter fruit that has resulted from the murder of the one man capable of leading a mass movement for revolutionary change in the United States.
Today we are eating the fruit of our denial. In order to comprehend the significance of this extraordinary book, it is first necessary to dispel a widely accepted falsehood about Dr. William Pepper does that on the first page. To understand his death, it is essential to realize that although he is popularly depicted and perceived as a civil rights leader, he was much more than that.
A non-violent revolutionary, he personified the most powerful force for the long-overdue social, political, and economic reconstruction of the nation.
In other words, Martin Luther King was a transmitter of a non-violent spiritual and political energy so plenipotent that his very existence was a threat to an established order based on violence, racism, and economic exploitation. He was a very dangerous man.
This has continued to the present day of historical amnesia. But William Pepper resurrects the revolutionary MLK, and in doing so shows in striking detail why elements within the U. After reading this book, no fair-minded reader can reach any other conclusion.
It demands a close reading that should put to rest any pseudo-debates about the essentials of the case. Pepper, an attorney who represented the King family in the trial that found U.
That speech, in which King so powerfully and publicly linked the war with racism and economic exploitation, foretold his death at the hands of the perpetrators of those abominations. After a five hour interrogation of the imprisoned Ray inPepper was convinced that Ray did not shoot King and set out on a forty year quest to uncover the truth.
All were considered communist sympathizers and dangerous to the reigning hegemony because of their espousal of racial and economic equality. Understanding the forces behind the military, the spies, and the gunmen who, while operating in the shadows, are actually the second layer of the onion skin, is essential.
The government and mainstream corporate media form the outer layer with their collusion in disinformation, lying, and truth suppression, but Pepper correctly identifies the core as follows. Bombastic, chauvinistic, corporate propaganda aside, where the slaughter of innocents is, and always was, justified in the name of patriotism and national security, it has always and ever been about money.
Construction, oil and gas, defense industry, and pharmaceutical corporations, their bankers, brokers, and executives thrive in a war economy. Fortunes are made and dynasties created and perpetuated and a cooperating elite permeates an entire society and ultimately contaminates the world in its drive for national resources wherever they are ….
Here, as never before, would he seriously challenge the interests of the power elite.
MLK was assassinated on April 4, at 6: He was shot in the lower right side of his face by one rifle bullet that shattered his jaw, damaged his upper spine, and came to rest below his left shoulder blade. Running to his rented room, Ray allegedly gathered his belongings, including the rifle, in a bedspread-wrapped bundle, rushed out the front door onto the adjoining street, and in a panic dropped the bundle in the doorway of the Canipe Amusement Company a few doors down.
He was then said to have jumped into his white Mustang and driven to Atlanta where he abandoned the car. From there he fled to Canada and then to England where he was eventually arrested at Heathrow Airport on June 8, and extradited to the U.The Los Angeles speech, called “ The Casualties of the War in Vietnam, ” stressed the history of the conflict and argued that American power should be “ harnessed to the service of peace and human beings, not an inhumane power [unleashed] against defenseless people ” (King, 25 February ).
The threat of death was always present for Dr. Martin Luther King during his reign as a peaceful revolutionary.
Voices of opposition - some within his own trusted circles - were especially vociferous following his milestone speech against the Vietnam War . Top photo: Dr.
Martin Luther King, head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, delivers his speech that opened the National Conference for New Politico Convention in Chicago, Sept. 1, Social Activism Sound Recording Project Martin Luther King, "Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam" April 30, , Riverside Church, New York.
King led his first anti-war march in Chicago on 25 March , and reinforced the connection between war abroad and injustice at home: “The bombs in Vietnam explode at home—they destroy the dream and possibility for a decent America” (“Dr.
King Leads Chicago”). Jan 17, · [Note: Last week, a Defense Department official made a rather startling statement, to the effect that Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. would have supported America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.