I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
Like many of America’s greatest heroes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had to be neutered before he could enter the pantheon of mythic heroes Americans look to for inspiration. This is a man who was reviled in newspapers across the country, north and south. This is a man who was tailed and investigated constantly by the FBI in the hopes of breaking his power. This is a man who not only stood for, and demanded, civil rights, but also social justice and and end to the endless wars that of the USA. If Dr. King had not been assassinated do you think he would say his goals, his dream, had been reached? Does our America look like the one he so beautifully envisioned?
No, it does not. Racism is still with us despite the progress, Poverty and War are still with us. More so now than ever. His struggle has always been our struggle and it must continue until the dream he fought and died for is a reality.
Hat tip to the American Prospect for inspiring this post.