MLK jr. was starting to face reality

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#1 Jul 30, 2013
How MLK became an angry black man

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James Cone, the father of black liberation theology, says King was so angry because he loved his people.
"Love is passion," says Cone, a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York. "If you love somebody and they are hurt, you are hurt, too. King identified with black people who had experienced injustice and humiliation. You can't look at that and not get mad. King's anger was expressed precisely in the letter."

Cone says King's anger was more threatening to America than Malcolm X's.
"White people didn't like Malcolm, but they could tolerate him because Malcolm wasn't organizing black people in a way that would challenge the function of the government," Cone says. "King did."

King's blackness -- his fierce racial pride, his distinctively black Christian faith and his belief that most whites were "unconscious racists" -- is on full display in his letter, scholars say. The anger that drove King's letter would become more prominent in the speeches King gave until, literally, his last hours, Rieder says.

King wrote about that hatred as a graduate student at Crozer Theological Seminary, Rieder says. In a paper entitled, "Autobiography of Religious Development," King wrote about how shocked he was to hear how his parents had been insulted by whites. King was once ordered to give up his bus seat for a white person and cursed as a "kneegrow."
"As my parents discussed some of the tragedies ... I was determined to hate every white person," King wrote. "As I grew older and older this feeling continued to grow.... I did not conquer this anti-white feeling until I entered college."
That bitterness pervades King's letter.

"If there was a YouTube in 1968 and some of King's sermons would have been captured, he would have been seen as a Jeremiah Wright," says Rieder, invoking the name of President Obama's fiery former pastor.

He and others had organized a massive protest in one of the most violently segregationist cities in the South. The local Ku Klux Klan was one of the most violent in the nation and had infiltrated the police department. The KKK had been suspected in so many bombings of Birmingham's black community that the city had been dubbed "Bombingham." (Four black girls attending a black church in Birmingham would be killed by a bomb five months after King's letter.)

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#2 Jul 30, 2013
I thought he was a complete phaggot with naive dreams of a delusional fancy utopist, but he had some drops of hot blood after all.
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#3 Jul 30, 2013
The way i see it, both he and Malcom X posed a threat somehow to white rule or else they would still be alive like Jesse jackson and Al sharpton.
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#4 Jul 30, 2013
Farakhan seems like another wolf in sheep's clothing.

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#5 Jul 30, 2013
Blacks need to concern in earn space on economic and cultural battlefields.

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#6 Jul 31, 2013
Darkjaemess wrote:
Blacks need to concern in earn space on economic and cultural battlefields.
You're incoherent, you filthy piece of lowlife rutting racist Muzscum.

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