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This Doesn’t Sound Like The MLK I Learned About In School

Funny how this speech is left out of the history books.

If I had to guess, you probably have never heard of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1967 "The Other America" speech. You're not alone in this either. There's a lot about King that gets left out of textbooks and documentaries.



Be that as it may, this speech was an important one. As you can see from the timeline above, it comes as King was making a shift toward advocating against the war and advocating for economic justice. He saw both issues as key to the civil rights movement. He began:

The difference is night and day.

Remember that this speech was given in 1967. Does this sound familiar to you today? He goes on to analyze and diagnose many social ills. The more he says, the more familiar his words sound.

On genuine equality:

On racism:

On riots:

On time:

On legislation:

On fair housing:

On allies:

Unfortunately, King's plan to organize a mass civil disobedience campaign called the "Poor People's Campaign" was never fully realized. It's speeches like this at the end of his life that show a side of King you weren't taught about in school.

See the full address below. It's worth it.

As face masks have become mandatory in many places to limit the spread of coronavirus, it's also become an increasingly politicized thing. As we know, anything that involves political polarization also involves vast amounts of misinformation and disinformation. Whose idea was the internet again?

No one I know loves wearing a mask. We all wish we didn't have to. But there are an awful lot of people saying they can't wear one, or they refuse to wear one because they've been led to believe that masks are somehow more dangerous than not wearing one. I've seen and read "information" on everything from masks depriving people of oxygen to masks causing CO2 build up to masks creating fungus problems.

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