Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator

No, not that dream, the other dream

Hey, did you ever notice that Martin Luther King is rightfully lionized today for all of his work and all of his oratory about the struggle for civil rights, but no one ever mentions his struggle for economic justice? All the class-struggle stuff just gets wiped out of every commemoration, as if it had never happened. Which is too bad, because although racism is always with us (despite the claims of the end-of-racism crowd, most of whom are white), a good argument could be made that King's position on economic justice is a far more timely and urgent message today than his stance on racial harmony.

It's like Labor Day; it didn't take long to turn into a generic "day off work" rather than an actual day to remember a message, or anything like that. We're still very cognizant, as a nation, of one of King's dreams; but we're apparently in danger of completely forgetting the other one.

Good article on the subject here.
Tags: politics

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