“I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government. For the sake of those boys, for the sake of this government, for the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. In our present day, Martin Luther King Jr. has become an icon for racial harmony and today we hold parades for him, we’ve named our streets after him, but we also censor him. While King has been accepted into American culture as a great pioneer for civil rights here at home what we so quickly overlook is the fact that he was a steadfast proponent for the rights of those outside our own borders as well.
What the mainstream media and the flock of political leaders who “honor” him today conveniently forget to mention is King’s staunch criticism of US foreign policy, condemning it as militaristic. In his own words, King declared the United States government the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” and went on to declare, “It is a sad fact that, because of comfort, complacency, a morbid fear of communism, and our proneness to adjust to injustice, the Western nations that initiated so much of the revolutionary spirit of the modern world have now become the arch anti-revolutionaries.” Replace communism with “terrorism” or “radical Islamism” and you have an accurate statement of today’s times.
While our foreign policy at the time of the Vietnam War was aggressive, it pales in comparison to today. We have over 1,000 military bases worldwide in 116 countries, are only just now ending two decade-long foreign wars, we are on the verge of another, and we give billions in “foreign aid” to tin pot dictators around the globe. If Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today he would be ashamed at the state of our nation – and rightly so.