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Sat Jan 14, 2012, 08:55 PM

Happy MLK Day, y'all

In celebration of one of the greatest warriors in the fight for BLACK RIGHTS and justice that the US has ever seen.

'Where do we go from here'

Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Atlanta, Georgia
16 August 1967
http://www.famous-speeches-and-speech-topics.info/martin-luther-king-speeches/martin-luther-king-speech-where-do-we-go-from-here.htm

"Even semantics have conspired to make that which is black seem ugly and degrading. In Roget's Thesaurus there are 120 synonyms for blackness and at least 60 of them are offensive, as for example, blot, soot, grim, devil and foul. And there are some 134 synonyms for whiteness and all are favorable, expressed in such words as purity, cleanliness, chastity and innocence. A white lie is better than a black lie. The most degenerate member of a family is a "black sheep." Ossie Davis has suggested that maybe the English language should be reconstructed so that teachers will not be forced to teach the Negro child 60 ways to despise himself, and thereby perpetuate his false sense of inferiority, and the white child 134 ways to adore himself, and thereby perpetuate his false sense of superiority.

The tendency to ignore the Negro's contribution to American life and to strip him of his personhood, is as old as the earliest history hooks and as contemporary as the morning's newspaper. To upset this cultural homicide, the Negro must rise up with an affirmation of his own Olympian manhood. Any movement for the Negro's freedom that overlooks this necessity is only waiting to be buried. As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free. Psychological freedom, a firm sense of self-esteem, is the most powerful weapon against the long night of physical slavery. No Lincolnian Emancipation Proclamation or Johnsonian Civil Rights Bill can totally bring this kind of freedom. The Negro will only be free when he reaches down to the inner depths of his own being and signs with the pen and ink of assertive manhood his own Emancipation Proclamation. And, with a spirit straining toward true self-esteem, the Negro must boldly throw off the manacles of self-abnegation and say to himself and to the world, "I am somebody. I am a person. I am a man with dignity and honor. I have a rich and noble history. How painful and exploited that history has been. Yes, I was a slave through my foreparents and I am not ashamed of that. I'm ashamed of the people who were so sinful to make me a slave." Yes, we must stand up and say, "I'm black and I'm beautiful," and this self-affirmation is the black man's need, made compelling by the white man's crimes against him."


Video


King Center - http://www.thekingcenter.org/
MLK Collection at Morehouse - http://www.morehouse.edu/kingcollection/index.php
Nobel Bio - http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html

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Response to Number23 (Original post)

Sat Jan 14, 2012, 08:57 PM

1. I keep forgeting. It says 14 Jan at the time of this post

but where I am it is 15 Jan. So happy MLK Day.

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Response to Number23 (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 05:16 PM

2. this right here

'I'm ashamed of the people who were so sinful to make me a slave."

not only to make one a slave, but to generationally conspire and collude through the use of the law of the land to rob me/deny me my personhood and value as a free human being.

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Response to SemperEadem (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 05:38 PM

4. That bit jumps out at me EVERY TIME I see this speech

'I'm ashamed of the people who were so sinful to make me a slave."

The sinners were the ones who made those who were sinned upon feel like they were the ones that were inferior/lazy!

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Response to Number23 (Original post)

Sun Jan 15, 2012, 05:32 PM

3. Happy MLK Day to You, to All!!

Joy He Lived!!

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Response to Number23 (Original post)

Mon Jan 16, 2012, 09:55 PM

5. Happy MLK Day!!!

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Response to Number23 (Original post)

Tue Jan 20, 2015, 02:54 AM

6. VIDEO of those words... Can't get OP video to play. Says 'This video doesn't exist' on my browser.



The video then follows with the words of James Baldwin. I hope this isn't going to be used by anyone who wants to use those words out of context, as I feel the title of the video played into a meme that detracts from the message of racial equality.

And it's not meant to distract, I have purposefully held off posting any threads today on MLK, Jr. because I feel some white people are trying to divert from the primary message. One of the greatest injustices in the world has been committed by what Baldwin states as that 'bill of sale.' There are parallels to some people's view of society and history that ring true, but I am tired of the hanging on.

I hope it is okay to post today. The way things have been here at DU lately... well, I post much less than I did on anything of a serious nature. And have no interest in stealing AA issues to fit my own issues. A lot of what has gone on in this past year, for some reason, seems worse and more offensive, especially after all the work POC have done to educate some people.

I agree with Number 23 and others that the continued bashing of Obama is doing nothing but running a lot of Democrats of color and also many white Democrats off. And the bashing isn't about helping.

Thanks for posting the text and the links as well. Your other OPs today have been meaningful to a lot of people.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 20, 2015, 06:58 PM

8. Thanks, fresh! I'm sure the video played three years ago when I posted this thread

but it looks as though it's been taken down since. I'm not sure if the video if you posted is the same one from the OP but it is a great listen regardless.

And it's not meant to distract, I have purposefully held off posting any threads today on MLK, Jr. because I feel some white people are trying to divert from the primary message.


That is something that black people have been saying for decades. White people went from DESPISING or fearing MLK to now acting as though the totality of his message was somehow about them. This weird pivot that MLK was all about class and not race (yes, I read this here on DU) is so ignorant and offensive.

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Response to Number23 (Original post)

Tue Jan 20, 2015, 09:41 AM

7. Kick

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Response to Number23 (Original post)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 09:49 PM

9. THANK YOU!!

People really do need to understand this side of King. King is not just kumbayaing and wishing and hoping that white folks do the right thing. He is out there PUSHING and DEMANDING the majority look at politics, history, education, etc. The excerpt that you selected is EXCELLENT and a great example of King's push for justice.

(23...I really believe we need to check to see if we are related or separated at birth or something!! Seriously, I really appreciate your voice!)

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Response to Digital Puppy (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 18, 2016, 10:50 PM

10. This is nothing. He got even MORE radical the closer it got towards the end.

JAG has done some really beautiful posts on how impassioned he was fighting for the black -- need to point that out 'cause some folks around here always seem to leave that bit out -- sanitation workers in Tennessee.

The bit of that speech that always stands out to me is when he says that he is not ashamed to have been descended from slaves! That we have nothing to be ashamed of. That it was the people who were so "sinful" to have had slaves that are the ones that should have been ashamed. That is such a powerful statement to make.

(23...I really believe we need to check to see if we are related or separated at birth or something!! Seriously, I really appreciate your voice!)

Awww, that is so sweet! I feel exactly the same.

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Response to Number23 (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 02:49 AM

11. Happy Martin Luther King Day~2016, Number23~ Thank you!

"Yes, we must stand up and say, "I'm black and I'm beautiful," and this self-affirmation is the black man's need, made compelling by the white man's crimes against him."

And, so very True!

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Response to Cha (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 08:02 PM

13. Four years on and I am so glad that people are still responding to this thread!

I'm glad to see it's not just me that thinks that this is one of his most powerful and important speeches.

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Response to Number23 (Original post)

Tue Jan 19, 2016, 06:28 AM

12. K&R

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