As elected official after elected official spoke in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Day in Harlem Monday, there was a common target of derision: President Trump.
City and state officials ripped Trump as they honored King at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s headquarters — blasting the President for labeling Haiti and African nations “s---holes,” and calling him...read more.
On the night before Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, he invoked a lesson from biblical Egypt in a speech that is often called “Promised Land.” Pharaoh’s favorite formula for perpetuating slavery, he reminded us, was to keep the slaves fighting among themselves, for joined together they were too strong to subdue. Read more.
While King did care about black and/or poor people in the United States and around the world, he was no American exceptionalist. “Don’t let anybody make you think God chose America as His divine messianic force to be a sort of policeman of the whole world,” King once said.
He also criticized how Americans “have deluded ourselves into believing the myth that capitalism grew and prospered out of the Protestant ethic of hard work and sacrifice” when “the fact is that capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves and continues to thrive on the exploitation of the poor – both black and white, here and abroad”. Read more.