New World Notes - MLK vs. the War Machine
This week on New World Notes: radio program #255, January 22, 2013, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., host Kenneth Dowst celebrates Martin Luther King, who was not just a civil rights champion but an anti-war crusader.
By 1967, Martin Luther King had realized he could no longer focus on narrow "civil rights" issues such as voting rights and housing. He had to oppose larger injustices including rampant militarism, the military-industrial-Congressional complex, and a U.S. foreign policy of eternal war.
And a major U.S. war was then raging, in Vietnam.
We rebroadcast large portions of MLK's most important speech against U.S. war and militarism--the portions most obviously relevant to U.S. domestic and foreign policies today.
When King says the word "Vietnam," just mentally substitute "Afghanistan" or "the Middle East." Do that, and you may hear Dr. King speaking directly to us today.
He spoke at Riverside Church, New York City, on April 4, 1967. His hour-long speech was titled, "Beyond Vietnam--A Time to Break Silence."
"I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today -- my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent." -- M.L.K.
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