(NationalSentinel) Not content to rewrite American history as one involving only racial disparity, greed and imperialism, now elements of the far Left seeks to rewrite civil rights activist Martin Luther King’s legacy, to make him seem more “radical” than he ever was.
The civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. famously pursued equality through peaceful protest, but many 21st century activists have said they want to “reclaim” him under a different image: as a forceful “radical.”
The Chicago branch of Black Lives Matter pushed the #ReclaimMLK hashtag on Twitter, claiming Martin Luther King Day would allow activists to “engage about the real radical King they don’t want you to know about!”
“We do King a disservice when we try to tell a flat story of turning the other cheek,” said 31-year-old Charlene Carruthers, national director of the Black Youth Project 100 in Chicago. “It was never simply that.”
King’s niece, the activist, author and Fox News contributor Alveda King, said protesters should not push his civil disobedience successes into the background. “Let’s discuss racism from a peace with justice perspective,” she tweeted ahead of Martin Luther King Day.
Younger black activists say they prefer the pointed, more forceful King to the Nobel Prize-winning pacifist who preached love over hate while leading nonviolent marches across the segregated South. They say they appreciate how the urgency exhibited in King’s demand for equality in the years just before his 1968 assassination is in keeping with the Black Lives Matter rallying cry.
Let’s get a few things straight. First of all, just for King to have been speaking out as he did in the 1960s was ‘radical.’ He didn’t have to call for civil disobedience, per se, he was engaging in it–but in a way that did not seek to gin up phony anger and outrage over imagined injustice. His was real, as were the injustices committed against many African-Americans in those days.
Today, 50 years hence, nothing like the racism of the 1960s exists against blacks, despite their claims otherwise. If anything, there is more black-on-white racism after eight years of our first black president. And King never called for radicalism; he called for peace with justice, not destroying city blocks, torching police cars, looting businesses and burning garbage in the street. But Black Lives Matter not only calls for this kind of violence, it incites it. No matter how many times its “leaders” try to convince us otherwise, we have all seen it with our own eyes.
It shouldn’t surprise us that BLM radicals want to hijack MLK’s accomplishments and rewrite his history. It goes hand-in-hand with creating the false narrative that nothing much has changed since for black Americans since the 60s.