One needs some help to understand why, the cruel blackout of King's condemnation of America's genocidal predatory wars on the poor non-white and formerly colonially enslaved populations overseas is accepted by the descendants those enslaved earlier.
As dedicated to seeding in the public consciousness the confidence that US colonial genocide will see prosecution and lawsuits for compensation and reparations, one logically looks to Black leadership.
Sure, in Amerika, a celebrity pays a price for speaking up. After Eartha Kitt's wonderful denunciation of the war in Vietnam at a White House dinner  her career suffered greatly, and that the same thing happened to the Dixie Chicks, when just days before the bombing began in Iraq, singer Natalie Maines spoke out to fans in London against the President Bush, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas."
But still, those who are or were old enough to have heard King's anguished plea for the lives of non-white brothers and sisters and their children in Vietnam and other poor countries, maintained a silence that King called betrayal. "A time comes when silence is betrayal." And that time has come for us."  One wonders what King felt when the Black Americans he was risking his life for distanced themselves from him in agreement with the five times more numerous white majority around them supporting the wars.
Are today's black celebrities in general not a hell of a lot more in tune, in sync, in play, work, style, and politics, in league with that wealthier, even wealthiest part of America which is still unfairly and immeasurably an awful lot more wealthier materially than the vast majority of noble in character African Americans who this author is at home among.
So far we have been noting the acquiescence, even collaboration of celebrities betraying King's condemnation of US atrocity wars and covert genocide. We shall not be so naive to be indignant or expect much from the thousands of elected and appointed government officials, military, clergy and CEOs of African descent that play an even more immediately important role. Government, as FDR confided to close colleague, "has been owned by a financial element in the centers of power since Andrew Jackson."
The United States of America establishment is not that lily white Anglo-saxon run affair championed by East Europeans Americans with that sprinkling Italians and Irish and very few wealthy Jews that it used to be before and after the second World War.
Scan the long list of Prominent African Americans who held high government office at some time or another during American wars and invasions and covert crimes in Laos, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Cambodia, Lebanon, Panama, Somalia, Cuba, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Grenada, and Libya, up through the current wars on Syrians, Libyans, Afghani, Somali, Yemeni, Pakistani and the still current long term illegal and acts-of-war sanctions on the North Korea America it had created and then bombed flat; on Cuba, which it also invaded, ran sabotage against, and frequently tried to assassinate Fidel Castro; on Iran, which President Eisenhower in 1953 ordered its democratic government overthrown by CIA with M16, and was invaded for eight years by Saddam Hussein aided and abetted by President Reagan; on Syria, (since 1986), for Syria not recognizing the colonial powers crime against humanity that was and is the partition of the Holy Land as legal; on Burma, for its amazingly rich natural resources in gems, minerals, gold, precious woods and oil (nationalized by the Burmese in 1963), now hurriedly being exploited by the colonial powers even as indigenous wars against it go on against the exploitation; on Sudan, for to see its oil rich lands separated off for easy domination; on the popular Arab socialist government Libya, the most prosperous and wealthy nation in Africa, which had a UN Quality of Life Index higher than nine European nations, the sanction restricted to areas still independent, since Libya was bombed out of existence by war planes and ships of colonial powers US, Britain, France protecting the gangs it had hired, armed and overseen:
US Supreme Court: Thurgood Marshall, Clarence Thomas,
US Cabinet Officials: Andrew Young, Andrew Young, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Susan Rice,
US Senators: Carol Moseley Braun, Cory Booker, Tim Scott, Roland Burris, Edward Brooke;
US Congressmen: Adam Clayton Powell, Barbara Jordan, Julian Bond, Kweisi Mfume, Cynthia McKinney, Karen Bass, Joyce Beatty, Sanford Bishop, Corrine Brown, G.K.Butterfield, André Carson, Yveette Clarke, William Lacy Clay, Emanuel Cleaver, Jim Clyburn, John Conyers, Elijah Cummings, Danny Davis, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison, Chaka Fattah, Marcia Fudge, Al Green, Alcee Hastings, Steven Horsford, Hakeem Jeffries, Eddie B. Johnson, Hank Johnson, Robin Kelly, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, John Lewis, Gregory Meeks, Gwen Moore, Donald Payne, Charles Rangel, Cedric Richmond, Bobby Rush, Bobby Scott, Terri Sewell, Bennie Thompson, Marc Veasey, Maxine Walters, Mel Watt, Frederica Wilson, US Delegates Eleanor Holmes Norton and Donna Christian-Christensen;
Governors: Douglas Wilder, Virginia; Deval Patrick, Massachusetts, David Patterson New York.
Mayors, New York's David Dinkens, Chicago's Harold Washington, Andrew Young, Atlanta, only three of perhaps a thousand, for we find that one hundred and thirty-eight are women.
African Americans are CEO's of corporations like, Xerox, American Express, Merck, McDonald's, and until a few years ago, Myrill Linch and Time Warner.
"Blacks occupy more management positions in the military than in any other sector of American society, Atlantic Monthly reported back in 1986, Seventy-six generals and admirals -- active, reserve, and retired.
Four star generals: Roscoe Robinson, Colin Powell, Johnnie Wilson, Larry Ellis, William Ward, Lloyd Austin, Dennis Via, Vincent Brooks must know that following orders will not be an accept defense in a Nuremberg Principle trial.
We list president and commander-in-chief Obama last for him being the least likely to have his handlers allow him to even see an article of this nature. That photo of a smiling David Rockefeller with his arm around a young Senator Barack Obama (no longer on the Internet) says a thousand words. David Rockefeller, now 98, has been the grey eminence behind US wars from Korea onward through his confidents the Dulles brothers, Henry Kissinger Zbigniew Brzezinski, and his overseen Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission and associates of the annual Bilderberg Conference. [4 ] Having a minority representing loyal black president of the globalized American neocolonial empire has facilitated making the condemnations of the mature King hidden away from public knowledge, and making Americas wars on the world less unacceptable in non-white Majority Mankind.
Even better than celebrities, government officials all know the Nuremberg Principles laws and many know Robert Jackson, the US Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Principles law trials of Germans for genocide and other crimes against humanity, found it necessary to pronounce the law being enforced as applying to citizens of all nations. They might not be aware that. Some of them probably know Gen. Telford Turner, Consul for the Prosecution at Nuremberg, during the US war in Vietnam told CBS (for years suppressed), that he "would have been glad to lead the prosecution of US bomber pilots shot down over Vietnam."
It is a devastatingly betrayal that the very friends that held the dying King in their arms and went on to successful careers in the wars-dedicated white establishment, and even at their speech at the dedication of the King Monument in Washington, mentioning not a single word of King's condemnation of US wars for predatory investments! How could this be otherwise. Jesse Jackson ran as a candidate for president of the American financial, political and military colonial empire that King had blisteringly condemned to hell, and Andrew Young represented it in the the equally US conquered United Nations. see Unveiling The Monument But NOT King's Condemnation Of U.S. Wars for Wall St. click here
This is black adherence to chopping half of King away is heartbreaking for those who have long come to feel more comfortable, relaxed and happy in a black setting than otherwise. More than just heartbreaking for this writer with Korean and Vietnamese family and friends, colleagues and students in many of the sixty-seven countries lived or performed in, most all bombed by his fellow Americans at one time or another. Its like having the ground cut away from under your feet to notice African Americans going along with scheming and murderous neocolonial imperialist wars and their preposterously fanciful justifications. You tell in departing the members of the orchestra in Burma and Vietnam that you were devoting the rest of your life to making the British and French pay up big for the millions murdered, intensely aware that those listening and are looking at your pale skin that recalls for them their beastly cruel English colonial masters and then what? Returning a nation in solidarity with the British Empire joined and then surpassed with no interest, care or compassion the beautiful people both empires have dispatched and are dispatching still.
The now nearly unknown war condemning Martin Luther King Jr. taught a recipe for "a person-oriented" noble American society to replace "a thing oriented" murdering society. His Beyond Vietnam sermon is, for at least this peoples historian, the the most salient text of any sermon given since that of the Sermon on the Mount, which King closely follows in essence. And it wasn't just a sermon. Half of it was a needed honest history lesson about our WW II ally Vietnamese from 1945 up to his day and a general history of US overt and covert genocidal violence on three continence for maintenance of "unjust predatory capital investments on three continents.
Peoples historian activist Howard Zinn always ended his radio broadcasts with a urgent encouragement to quote from King's comprehensive-in-injustice-denouncing sermon Beyond Vietnam rather that speak out in one's own far less notable name. A second consideration, is that it be far less dangerous to one's own career and personal safety to quote the single America hero, who being the only American of such stature to warrant a national holiday on his birthday (even though it was surely originally done in part to keep remolded with his best half cut away).
What us 'bleeding hearts' or 'oversensitive' Americans feeling drenched in blood, or just plain ordinary folks naturally seeing ourselves in all fellow human beings, especially human beings labeled and targeted for death, collaterally or intentionally, would like to see, is a great artist and composer like Herbie Hancock or Carlos Santana write a floor-under-your-feet-moving smash hit recording with lines from Martin Luther King Jr.' awesomely important sermon Beyond Vietnam - a Time to Break Silence.