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Reply to "Does MLK Get A Bad Rap?"

The self-defense argument presupposes the rednecks coming to lynch you in the middle of the night. But, it was not about trying to reason with some gun-toting peckerwood on a deserted road ˜round midnight. MLK's movement was a carefully orchestrated, strategically planned, endeavor executed using non-violence as a tactic and the media as to broadcast this dramatizing of the inhumane treatment blacks were subjected to. Sit-ins and boycotts were planned at times when they would inflict the most economic damage to the establishment, i.e. holidays. It was not about convincing Bubba that you were a man, it was about proving to the electorate"”and therefore Congress"”the need to enact legislation guaranteeing equal rights and protection under the law.

I come down squarely on the side of MLK without hesitancy or equivocation. The only caveat being I'm not looking at this from the perspective of a black man in late 2003, rather I try to see it from the vantage point of a brotha in Jim Crow Amerikkka.

The failure of X's argument is that it assumes King was about smiling and turning the other cheek when some Ku-Kluxer bitch slaps you. It is a simplistic, immature reasoning ignorant of the painstakingly careful planning and strategizing which occurred before the first sip at the segregated fountain.

Moreover, let's face it, if blacks took up arms in the Amerikka of the 1950's and 60's where do you think that would have gotten us? As Outkast sang some 40 years later "...they made them gats they got some shit that'll blow out our backs."

One could argue that MLK did nothing, that the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments already vouchsafed our respective rights and all the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts did was reiterate them. One could argue that and from a literalist interpretation one would be correct. While technically correct, you would also be out of your rabid-ass mind. To say that African Americans have not reached the "Promised Land" is to overstate the obvious. But, ask yourself a question: Overall, are we better off today than we were 40 years ago? If your answer is no then I suspect you were born after 1966.
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