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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Was A Man Of Many Layers And He Was StillGrowing

Friday, December 05, 2014Brother Mustafaa

Dr. King was still growing after his "I have a dream" speech in 1963

I post this excerpt from a writing of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1967 showing is maturation on the race issue in America. He was growing from his dream in 1963 to face a harsh reality of black suffering in America. He would meet with The Hon. Elijah Muhammad and pledge to work with the Nation of Islam before he was killed. He would bring up the importance of economic empowerment for blacks before he was killed. He said his dream had turned into a nightmare and he was afraid he was integrating his people into a burning house before he was killed. He was growing until the day an assassin's bullet put a end to his dynamic life. A serious study of his words, particularly the couple years before his death, can not lead to the conclusion that the good doctor would be pleased with how America is in relation to the Black, Brown and poor of this nation. ~Bro. Mustafaa Abdul Muhammad 


Dr. King Speaks- 
"If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness. 

The policymakers of the white society have caused the darkness; they created discrimination; they created slums; they perpetuate unemployment, ignorance and poverty.  

It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes . [These crimes] are born of the greater crimes of the white society.  [So] when we ask Negroes to abide by the law, let us also declare that the White man does not abide by law in the ghettos.  Day in and day out he violates welfare laws to deprive the poor of their meager allotments; he flagrantly violates building codes and regulations; his police make a mockery of law; he violates laws on equal employment and education and the provisions for civil services.  

The slums are the handiwork of a vicious system of the White society; Negroes live in them but do not make them any more than a prisoner makes a prison.” 

Let us say boldly that if the total slum violations of law by the White man over the years were calculated and were compared with the law breaking of a few days of riots, the hardened criminal would be the White man.”  


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Crisis in America’s Cities: An Analysis of Social Disorder and a Plan of Action Against Poverty, Discrimination and Racism in Urban America. ~1967

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