Never Forget: The US Government Conspired to Kill Martin Luther King

THE COURT: In answer to the question did Loyd Jowers participate in a conspiracy to do harm to Dr. Martin Luther King, your answer is yes. Do you also find that others, including governmental agencies, were parties to this conspiracy as alleged by the defendant? Your answer to that one is also yes.

In 1977 the family of Martin Luther King engaged an attorney and friend, Dr. William Pepper, to investigate a suspicion they had. They no longer believed that James Earl Ray was the killer. For their peace of mind, for an accurate record of history, and out of a sense of justice they conducted a two decade long investigation. The evidence they uncovered was put before a jury in Memphis, TN, in November 1999.

Happy MLK Day

*Hey folks. This post just magically disappeared a few hours ago. I’m doing my best to repost as I remember.*

As the Monday blogger, each year I post something related to MLK Day. Generally, I say something totally inappropriate and nearly blasphemous. I’ve ranted about the lack of sales during MLK weekend; I’ve suggested what not to do on the third Monday of January. I’ve even talked smack about modern-day civil rights leaders.

Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr., and a Message to Black Youth

Check out an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s final speech, in Memphis, Tennessee on April 3rd, 1968 below.

He was assassinated the very next day.

As we approach the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday this coming Monday, remember that one of the greatest gifts Dr. King gave to the world was hope; the courage to believe that better, brighter days lay ahead for the faithful and committed.

The New Media Revolution Within a Queer-Subculture: Martin Luther King and Visibility Through Video

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In 1994, (when I was four years old) I remember the day that I moved in with my grandmother. The geographical context of my situation was found on the south side of Chicago in Marquette Park (67th Street), where my grandmother had owned a home for a couple of decades. 28 Years before this day in 1994, Martin Luther King Jr. was marching down the very same street. More than 700 people marched with Dr. King on this particular day. However, as we approach MLK commemoration day and I reflect on various parts of the civil rights movement, I am led to think of one of the defining moments. We’ve all heard about the fire hoses and dogs being released on the marchers.  It was the power of video that led to outrage of many watching from the comfort of their home. It was also the power of these videos that made the hatred within the civil rights movement so visible—and helped to mobilize more people to action.

VIDEO: Celebrities Discuss Growing Up Black and Latino

Check out this fascinating video about growing up Black and Latino.

The clip features remarks from celebrities like Javier Colon, Christina Milian, Soledad O’Brien and Tatyana Ali; all share reflections on the unique and sometimes maddening experience of being both Black and Latino in America.

Among the topics discussed are stereotypes and prejudices, bilingualism, straddling two cultural identities, and discrimination in Hollywood (and society at large).

It’s a very interesting and vital conversation. Check it out below:

STUDY: Black Boys Receive Less Attention, Harsher Punishments, and Lower Grades In School

According to a recent study conducted by the Yale University Child Study Center, Black boys recieve less attention, harsher punishments, and lower grades in school than their White counterparts.

This trend persists from kindergarten all the way through college, regardless of socioeconomic status.

And a recent article in the Washington Post asserts that Black children in the D.C. area are suspended or expelled two to five times more often than White students.

This really shouldn’t surprise anyone; we’ve always known that our young Black men face an uphill battle in this society, practically from birth. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take action to counteract the systemic oppression of young Black men in America.

Check out Roland Martin’s interview with Judith Brown Dianis, the co-director of the Advancement Project, about these disturbing trends below.

The Myth of the Welfare Queen

I often find myself standing up for the “Welfare Queen”, a woman characterized by 8 children, lack of a job, and the manipulation to receive welfare payments. Republican model, Ronald Reagan, introduced the term Welfare Queen on a national level in 1976. In his presidential campaign, he described an unnamed woman from the South Side of Chicago:

 

“She has eighty names, thirty addresses, twelve Social Security cards and is collecting veteran’s benefits on four non-existing deceased husbands. And she is collecting Social Security on her cards. She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names. Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000.”

Is College the Solution or the Problem? Power, Privilege & The Academy

“Why do we continue to invest our time, money, and intellectual works in the college and university system of the United States?” This is something I ask myself regularly. Is there any other way? What role do these institutions play in producing the inequalities we face as Black people in our country? Do we fully understand the impact that they have on our community’s most vulnerable populations? I think to sum up my thoughts

Apparently Ron Paul Deserves Our Votes…

You should be voting for Ron Paul. Yes, that Ron Paul.

At least that’s what this article would have you believe. According to the author, Ron Paul has it right. He is a threat to the establishment with his revolutionary ideas about the war on drugs, so we’d do well not to be distracted by newsletters that were not authored by the man. Instead focus on his opinions on FEMA and the federal government extending aid to American citizens.