I’ve always drawn inspiration from what Dr. King called life’s most persistent and urgent question: "What are you doing for others?" Let’s honor his legacy by standing up for what is right in our communities and taking steps to make a positive impact on the world.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 21, 2019
He was assassinated by an escaped violent felon who bought his Winchester .30-06 rifle legally and without a background check under a false name just 5 days before the assassination. The store that sold it is still in business today. https://t.co/x8is3UtKAD
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) January 21, 2019
“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” – #MLK
— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) January 21, 2019
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! pic.twitter.com/7927zgP8gP
— Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) January 21, 2019
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his all for all. I have long agreed with his speeches and writings. Today I think of this MLK quote, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” May we renew ourselves in his teachings so that he can RIP.
— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) January 21, 2019
In 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act to honor Martin Luther King Jr’s memory.
In 1973, Donald Trump and his father were sued by the Nixon administration for repeatedly violating that same civil rights law.
It led to the first NYT story on him:https://t.co/p5yi3SGR1e
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 21, 2019
Happy MLK Day pic.twitter.com/MZutlDnpka
— son of an asylum seeker, father of an immigrant (@doctorow) January 21, 2019
— Nadege Green (@NadegeGreen) January 21, 2019
… In the official story told to children, King’s assassination is the transformational tragedy in a victorious struggle to overcome. But in the true accounting, his assassination was one of a host of reactionary assaults by a country against a revolution. And those assaults were astonishingly successful…
King spoke of a “white backlash”—a term he helped popularize—to his movement. But in retrospect, the strength of the reaction he predicted and endured often receives short shrift. The support of white moderates who recoiled at images of Negro children sprayed by hoses and attacked by dogs was instrumental in passing laws that ended legal segregation and protected voting rights. But by 1966, it had become clear that many of these whites chafed against further activism and greater demands for equality. They viewed the Voting Rights Act as a final concession; King saw it as a start. According to Gallup polls, King’s popularity waned in the coda years of his life; his unfavorability rating reached 63 percent in 1966. At the same time, public opinion turned firmly against the civil-rights movement…
… For white America, hostility toward the civil-rights movement turned into a cherry-picked celebration of the revolution’s victories over segregation and over easily caricatured, gap-toothed bigots in the South. Embracing King became a way to rejoice in overcoming and to reify white innocence, even while ignoring the cries of those who had certainly not overcome. Accordingly, the life of King past mid-1965, a radical three years spent fighting a tide that had turned against him, is barely mentioned today…
In a 1978 retrospective article on King, Baldwin looked back at his friend’s life and at how the country had changed since his murder. “A vast amount of love and faith and passion—and blood—have gone into the attempt to transform and liberate this nation,” Baldwin wrote. “This is not the land of the free, is only very unwillingly and sporadically the home of the brave, and all that can be said for the bulk of our politicians is that, if they are no worse than they were, they are certainly no better.”
How much has changed in the 40 years since that retrospective? Have politicians improved? If King were alive today, would he bask in the glow of achievement, or would he gird himself again to march?…