A Content-Free King

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Today marked the federal holiday where white liberals congratulate themselves for recognizing the most basic human decency. Granted, judging by MSNBC’s nightly line up, that could be any day ending in “y.”

The typical approach to Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration however is a stinging abrasion to anyone who actually internalized the Rev. King’s later work. Nowhere in the orgy of bland paeans to faux-egalitarianism are there any mentions of “Beyond Vietnam” where King courageously strikes the root, “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.”

1:16 am on January 18, 2011