Tavis Smiley has produced a special report comparing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama, focusing on their attitudes to war, empire and the consequences for society and the world.
Smiley speaks out against what Cornell West has called “The Santa-Claus-ization” of King. In typical goody-two-shoes, “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” fashion, the mainstream has chosen to concentrate on what it considers the good, positive King, not the one who criticized U.S. foreign policy and called the United States the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
That was true when King said it in the sixties, one year before he was assassinated; and, sadly, it remains true today.
The show airs on PBS tonight (8 PM Pacific, check your local time). I’ve e-mailed the link out to my list, hoping some will hear, perhaps for the first time, King’s views on war and his contrast to Obama.
Read the Black Agenda Repost article on the program: