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Posted: 1/21/2008 5:34:28 PM EST
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If MLK had not been killed, do you think we would even know who he is today? Would he be another Jesse or Al? Or is he just a martyr b/c he was killed by whitey?
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:16:23 PM EST
Oh, I forgot... the meeting of the "DAMMIT MY 15 MINUTES AIN'T UP YET!" club was today, wasn't it?
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:19:09 PM EST
It was just some kids fighting, nothing to see here-move along
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:20:20 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:22:30 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/21/2008 6:27:10 PM EST by hk940]

Originally Posted By jmhat98:
If MLK had not been killed, do you think we would even know who he is today? Would he be another Jesse or Al? Or is he just a martyr b/c he was killed by whitey?


i though he was shot by a black guy?

ed. nope.
James Earl Ray
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:26:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By TomJefferson:

I'm afraid his message is lost on todays world.

Tj


Not lost, but twisted and perverted for political and financial gain.
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:27:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By TomJefferson:

Originally Posted By jmhat98:
If MLK had not been killed, do you think we would even know who he is today? Would he be another Jesse or Al? Or is he just a martyr b/c he was killed by whitey?


I met the man. Though definitely not a saint, he truly did believe in racial unity not division.

I'm afraid his message is lost on todays world.

Tj


TJ, could you elaborate on your story? Where did you meet him?
Thanks
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:29:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By TomJefferson:

Originally Posted By jmhat98:
If MLK had not been killed, do you think we would even know who he is today? Would he be another Jesse or Al? Or is he just a martyr b/c he was killed by whitey?


I met the man. Though definitely not a saint, he truly did believe in racial unity not division.

I'm afraid his message is lost on todays world.

Tj

Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:30:17 PM EST
Tagged for TJ's story.

Link Posted: 1/21/2008 6:39:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/21/2008 6:56:31 PM EST by TomJefferson]
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 7:12:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By hk940:

Originally Posted By jmhat98:
If MLK had not been killed, do you think we would even know who he is today? Would he be another Jesse or Al? Or is he just a martyr b/c he was killed by whitey?


i though he was shot by a black guy?

ed. nope.
James Earl Ray
I think you were thinking of Malcom X. He was killed by Farrakans people.
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 7:20:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By TomJefferson:
Its kind of a funny story. He led a peace march to my hometown. No celebrities ever came there nor did we have any real racial problems then. It was a small segregated town but the type town that when the white pool was too crowded or you didn't have money, white kids would go swim in the black pool. We did have separate schools but no separate facilities like restaurants or water fountains. It was a city that pretty much was segregated because well that's just the way things were done not really a division or hatred. That all came after forced integration.

He was met at a store parking lot by the mayor and highschool band where he was given the key to city.

His march was actually suppose to go farther but I head him say, "I think we went one city too far already." After a speech, he turned the march back around and half because I thought it cool and half it was the same way I need to go home. I tagged along. Being young then, he took a liking to me and allowed me to walk along with him.

It was kind of strange though. The media had played the whole thing up as death and destruction was coming our way. Many people hid in their homes expecting the worst. All that gloom and doom simply didn't happen and his ten mile march I guess lost in history now due to the lack of anything happening.

His march started in Huntington WV and into KY just a couple towns in. They have started commemorating the event in Huntington again with a march but its really short now and very few people really attend. Not too many attended then either. There were more people greeting him than marched with him by far.

I can't remember the year, but do remember it was the same year the Beatles made their infamous statement about being more popular than Jesus which was also taken out of context by the media. I remember because I went to the album burning to scarf up on albums.

Tj


Thats one of the neatest stories Ive read on arfcom, its really cool that you got to really touch history. Thank you for sharing.
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 7:22:56 PM EST
I hope this doesn't come off wrong, but I'm pretty sure that King would be considered an Uncle Tom nowadays.
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 7:25:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By jmhat98:
If MLK had not been killed, do you think we would even know who he is today? Would he be another Jesse or Al? Or is he just a martyr b/c he was killed by whitey?


Why do you think Malcolm X isnt as revered? Him being killed by black people doesn't make for a good feel good story.
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 7:26:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By Melvinator2k0:

Originally Posted By jmhat98:
If MLK had not been killed, do you think we would even know who he is today? Would he be another Jesse or Al? Or is he just a martyr b/c he was killed by whitey?


Why do you think Malcolm X isnt as revered? Him being killed by black people doesn't make for a good feel good story.


And it helps that MLK wasnt so ..... ya know.....militant.
Link Posted: 1/21/2008 7:35:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By TomJefferson:
Its kind of a funny story. He led a peace march to my hometown. No celebrities ever came there nor did we have any real racial problems then. It was a small segregated town but the type town that when the white pool was too crowded or you didn't have money, white kids would go swim in the black pool. We did have separate schools but no separate facilities like restaurants or water fountains. It was a city that pretty much was segregated because well that's just the way things were done not really a division or hatred. That all came after forced integration.

He was met at a store parking lot by the mayor and highschool band where he was given the key to city.

His march was actually suppose to go farther but I head him say, "I think we went one city too far already." After a speech, he turned the march back around and half because I thought it cool and half it was the same way I need to go home. I tagged along. Being young then, he took a liking to me and allowed me to walk along with him.

It was kind of strange though. The media had played the whole thing up as death and destruction was coming our way. Many people hid in their homes expecting the worst. All that gloom and doom simply didn't happen and his ten mile march I guess lost in history now due to the lack of anything happening.

His march started in Huntington WV and into KY just a couple towns in. They have started commemorating the event in Huntington again with a march but its really short now and very few people really attend. Not too many attended then either. There were more people greeting him than marched with him by far.

I can't remember the year, but do remember it was the same year the Beatles made their infamous statement about being more popular than Jesus which was also taken out of context by the media. I remember because I went to the album burning to scarf up on albums.

Tj


Cool story. Thanks for telling it. The sad thing is that if someone started speaking the message of MLK today it would fall on deaf ears.
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