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“The righteous indignation of a Martin Luther King, Jr. becomes a
moment of political calculation. And that makes my blood boil. Why?
Because Martin Luther King, Jr died…he died…for the three crimes against
humanity that he was wrestling with. Jim Crow, traumatizing,
terrorizing, stigmatizing Black people. Lynching, not just ‘segregation’
as the press likes to talk about.
“Second: Carpet bombing in Vietnam killing innocent people,
especially innocent children, those are war crimes that Martin Luther
King , Jr. was willing to die for. And thirdly, was poverty of all
colors, he said it is a crime against humanity for the richest nation in
the world to have so many of it’s precious children of all colors
living in poverty and especially on the chocolate side of the nation,
and on Indian reservations and Brown barrios and yellow slices and Black ghettos — we call them hoods now, but ghettos then.
“So I said to myself ain’t nothing wrong with putting your hand on
the bible, even though the bible’s talking about justice, Jesus is
talking about the least of these, but when you put it on Martin’s bible,
I said ‘this is personal for me,’ because this is the tradition that I
come out of.”