“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government. ... For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.” spoke out Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from the pulpit of Riverside Church, New York City, April 4th, 1967. And King explained his agonizing over his years of silence.
"We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.Does one imagine conglomerate owned entertainment/news is EVER going to let American audiences hear or read King's words criticizing capitalism? - EVER going to let viewers or readers hear or read King's words regarding CIA international covert criminal violence?
A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. ... A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just."
"During the past ten years, we have seen emerge a pattern of suppression which has now justified the presence of U.S. military advisors in Venezuela. This need to maintain social stability for our investments accounts for the counterrevolutionary action of American forces in Guatemala. It tells why American helicopters are being used against guerrillas in Cambodia and why American napalm and Green Beret forces have already been active against rebels in Peru."
Will 'Big Brother' commercial media ever permit credence of Memphis jury's verdict which on December 8, 1999, in the wrongful death lawsuit of the King family versus Loyd Jowers "and other unknown co-conspirators," found that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a conspiracy that included agencies of his own government? Unlikely, until a future time when the public will have seen to the taking back control over ethical leasing of America's air waves and breaking the corporate pro-war programing of our current times.
In the mean time Internet users can avail themselves of clicking on:
The King Trial from Fellowship of Reconciliation Archives
and read how the King family won a verdict from the jury in its court case of conspiracy in Memphis Circuit Court in 1999, which included damning testimony from former UN Ambassador Andrew Young.
Take a glance of the transcript of the trial on the King Center web site, just so you know it is there for anyone to read and remember. Though the trial was mostly ignored by mainstream corporate media, just note what an extensive reality reminder it is, still today, click on:
Complete Transcript of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination Conspiracy Trial
Want to read the mass media damage control after the trial? Click on:
CNN - Justice Department investigating new MLK assassination claims
or the enormously long official Justice Department's final judgments regarding the trial, also on line, or look and perhaps wonder at it as reported by CNN:
June 9, 2000, Justice Department: King assassination was not a conspiracy - Report follows 18-month investigation
At a time when corporate media has the audacity to hail all candidates for public office, who, as members of the most powerful military in the history, participated in the crucifixion of the Vietnamese, Laotians, and Cambodians, awareness of King's detailed Vietnamese War background and history given in his Beyond Vietnam speech can make people understand how similar lies and half-truths in commercial media support today's mass homicide and vast destruction in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.
Quoting Rev. King Jr.' condemnations of his governments murderous foreign policies would be most effective for condemning the present murderous wars of occupation in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, whether from the floor of Congress, in houses of worship, in parent teachers meetings or written on signs carried by peace marchers.
It is widely believed that it was King's opposition to imperialist war madness and the capitalist insanity of putting profit above humanity that cost him his life and cost America the loss of King's much 'too' effective leadership. Historian Howard Zinn, author of A Peoples History of the U.S., believes that making Americans familiar with the content of Rev. King Jr' Riverside Church speech, April 4, 1967, is the peace movements best chance of waking the citizens to their responsibility for the actions of their government and its military.
After a moment of silence in observance of the events of April 4, 1968, on that balcony of that motel room in Memphis, Tennessee, suggest clicking on the speech which made bold electrifying headlines all over the nation and world: "Beyond Vietnam a time to break silence"