I remained surprisingly unimpressed by King's vaunted rhetorical powers; among other things, he relies on the kind of cornball example-stories I'd expect from a motivational-speaking hack. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind - for the first time - has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty. In a violent racial situation, the power structure has the local police, the state troopers, the National Guard and, finally, the Army to call onÑÑall of which are predominantly white. All right Now, don't think you have me in a bind today. There is also much that is both a product of and a creator of the United States of the late 1960s when the book was written. We could not learn to respect and love each other. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.
The problem of transforming the ghetto, therefore, is a problem of power - confrontation of the forces of power demanding change and the forces of power dedicated to the preserving of the status quo. Where Do We Go From Here? King presents himself as fighting for hope and for justice and for the need for their realization in an integrated America. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality. This is King at his most radical his argument that war is degrading to the human condition as well as advocating for the humanity of a universal income are well ahead of their time and most forceful. Something is wrong with capitalism. Always present, of course, were the deepest questions of all: Who are we? Every Negro comes face to face with this color shock, and it constitutes a major emotional crisis.
Our problem today is that we have allowed the internal to become lost in the external. . And stresses the need to reject racism, materialism, and militarism that lead to into chaos. At no time has a total, coordinated and fully adequate program been conceived. But, because of one sour grape, the whole bunch goes bad. He also argues eloquently that work in the modern age should not be a matter of mere drudgery or subsistence but should serve human needs and spiritual growth.
Well It will give us the courage to face the uncertainties of the future. When one tries to pin down advocates of violence as to what acts would be effective, the answers are blatantly illogical. John Kenneth Galbraith said that a guaranteed annual income could be done for about twenty billion dollars a year. If they want to defeat a fair housing bill, they don't say to the public, 'be patient, wait on time, and our cause will win'. What King is doing here is challenging us to think beyond the stale duality of the Cold War—Stalinism versus Capitalism—-because the American religion of anti-communism makes it nearly impossible to seriously talk about economic inequality without being red-baited. We will need all our strength. We've come a long way in our understanding of human motivation and of the blind operation of our economic system.
We must stand up amidst a system that still oppresses us and develop an unassailable and majestic sense of values. We are wasting and degrading human life by clinging to archaic thinking. He talks about what the civil rights movement accomplished, their present in 1967, and the actions they should take in the future on several fronts. The subject matter of the book - including King's take on Black Power, white backlash, This is the last of Martin Luther King Jr. And when one is concerned about these, he can never advocate violence. Recently arrested was Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is noteworthy that the largest civil rights action ever conducted was the New York school boycott, when nearly half a million Negros and Puerto Ricans united in a demonstration that emptied into segregated schools. He who hates does not know God, but he who has love has the key that unlocks the door to the meaning of ultimate reality. Foreword by Coretta Scott King Introduction by Vincent Harding By Dr. Or where we must go?. At no time has a total, coordinated and fully adequate program been conceived. See what he says to us: In the treatment of poverty nationally, one fact stands out: there are twice as many white poor as Negro poor in the United States.
Evil must be attacked by a counteracting persistence, by the day-to-day battering rams of justice. And I am still convinced that it is the most potent weapon available to the Negro in his struggle for justice in this country. One sees screaming youngsters and angry adults fighting hopelessly and aimlessly against impossible odds. He echoes Emmanuel Levinas, a prominent existentialist phenomenologist, on this point. And, in the thinking of that day, the absence of worldly goods indicated a want of industrious habits and moral fiber. And I'm simply saying that more and more, we've got to begin to ask questions about the whole society. Those who are employed are revealing an eagerness for advancement never before so widespread and persistent.
Our standard of living will continue to decline, the gap between the rich and the poor will grow, and our politics will become less and less democratic as corporate money floods into the pockets of the politicians on both sides of the aisle. There are twice as many unemployed. This is no time for romantic illusions and empty philosophical debates about freedom. Yes, I was a slave through my foreparents and I am not ashamed of that. It is disappointment with white legislators who pass laws on behalf of Negro rights that they never intend to implement. In the pursuit of these goals, the white poor become involved, and the potentiality emerges for a powerful new alliance. Let us be dissatisfied Yes until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history Yes , and every family will live in a decent, sanitary home.
Negroes who have a double disability will have a greater effect on discrimination when they have the additional weapon of cash to use in their struggle. This is the last of Martin Luther King Jr. Nowhere have the riots won any concrete improvement such as have the organized protest demonstrations. There is only one thing certain about time, and that is that it waits for no one. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1977.
This is no time for romantic illusions and empty philosophical debates about freedom. And we must repeat Dr. I'm not talking about communism. And so they killed him. And today people are suffering.